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All images, Note card, Patterned Paper, Simple Stick Embossing Powder all by A Muse Art Stamps.  Versamagic Sea Breeze Chalk Ink; Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Olive Pastel; Prisma Glitter, Ultrafine Iridescent Multi (clear); Silver 1/8" Eyelet; Cloud Scissors by Provo Craft; White Fibers, yarn department at WalMart.

A Muse has 3 dot images that I use quite frequently because I love dots (gee, ya’ think?) and the variation in sizes makes them incredibly versatile!  In this instance, they were perfect for building a glamorous snowman!  Super Dot serves as his bottom, and Big Dot Bl. as his mid-section, and Dot Bl. as his head.  As in many cases, build this snowman from the bottom up; it’s much easier to place the images, when you build a scene, by starting at the bottom.

Most folks would reel back in distaste over hearing a color combination of surf (a pale turquoise) + olive, but, I love it and use it all the time!   In this case Versamagic Sea Breeze Chalk Ink was used, because it closely matched the Surf Note Card.  Because it is a faster-drying chalk ink, I had to make sure the pad was well inked, so the Simple Stick embossing powder would stick to the stamped images long enough for me to emboss.

A Muse’s Simple Stick is a special effects embossing powder, designed to remain sticky, to hold things like glitter, flock, and foils to the surface of the paper.  I’ve tried about 5-6 different brands of similar embossing powder, and this one is by far the best one I’ve ever used.  It is a finer grind and doesn’t clump like other brands do. 

Apply Simple Stick to the stamped image and take care to heat it gently, keeping your heat gun a little further back from the paper surface than you normally would with regular embossing powders.  You want it to turn glossy/wet looking, and then back off with the heat immediately.  Overheating will neutralize its sticky properties and harden it–not good.

Dump some Prisma glitter over the image, and rub it into the image with your finger tips.  Glitter will stick to wherever the Simple Stick is!  I do like to use a soft brush to brush away the excess.  If you like, you can gently reheat the image again, to harden the EP and "lock" in the glitter, but if you’re in a hurry, you can get away without doing that.  I LOVE the effects of this glittering technique!  So quick and easy, and yet impressive!

Punch a 1/16" hole on each side of the snowman’s neck, and thread the fiber through (I used a dental floss threader to thread it through those tiny holes or I’d have gone insane otherwise!), and knot it to create the scarf.  I tried ribbon, but everything I had on hand was just too bulky to lay down proper.  I think Silk Rayon Ribbon would have been perfect, had I had the right color?  As it was, I had to dig around in the ribbon/fiber drawer and discovered this fru fru fiber/yarn I’d bought at Wally World nearly a year ago and forgot I had . . . Score! (grin)

Now, I must share with you the *uber* cool slick trick that Genius Jill Kiah (smooches to you, daaaahling!) came up with in the morning class, when we couldn’t get that other table of stampers to give up the Cloud Scissors (snort!  I’m teasing, of course; had I remembered to bring mine from home, it wouldn’t have been an issue–definitely *my* bad!).  Check it out:

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She inserted the piece we needed to edge with Cloud Scissors, into the Giga Scallop Square Punch, from the underside, and then punched.  Simple.  Effective.  Genius.

I just LOVE LOVE LOVE it when folks share little tricks like this with me! Clever, clever girl . . . (head wagging in wonderment)  I think this merits the Gold Star–no, wait!  I’m gonna call it the EINSTEIN Award!!!  (ginormous grin!)

  1. Lovin’ your snowman! The fiber scarf is such a great idea! Love it!!

  2. SUPAH cool :) and *love* the snowman :)

  3. I like your card it is so unique. I think the surf and the olive go together nicely.Thanks for sharing the punch tip. :)


  4. Love the snowman! And such a slick trick! I’ve used that punch to make a scallop rectangle out of a square, but never thought to use it for just a border edge!

  5. Oh, I love the snowman…too cute! and the scallop trick is great…I know you had a fabulous time at the A Muse weekend, sure hope you are getting some rest now!!!

  6. Simple and stunning. Love it! And thanks for that little trick with the punch. Don’t you sometimes wonder, “Why didn’t I think of that?” :)

  7. How nifty is this?? Thanks so much for sharing the cool tip, and for the cutie card! We are finally getting a touch of cooler weather here this week… I might even need a jacket on Friday! Woo hoo.

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