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Challenge:  AP08OUTBOX, AP08TAYLOR

Oh, this was too much stinkin’ fun!  A loooong time ago I once used this stamp to make cherries and when I got to thinking about Elena’s and Taylor’s challenges, it hit me I could do both using this one idea! 

To get the "bling" incorporated on this "out of the box" idea, I used Simple Stick (sticky embossing powder)–that stuff ROCKS; hands down the best I have ever used.  Has the finest grind, and doesn’t clump in the storage jar, etc.  If you’re not familiar with Simple Stick, this special embossing powder is used to apply glitter, flocking and foil to a stamped image.  It’s fairly simple to use–if you’ve ever done thermal embossing, you already know what to do!

Work on scratch paper, of course, so you can collect the excess and funnel it back into the jar for future use (this stuff last a looooong time).

  1. After stamping your image with a pigment type ink or Versamark Watermark Ink, apply Simple Stick over the top
  2. The trick with this EP is to remember that it’s a little more "sensitive" than regular EP; don’t come in quite so close with your heat tool at first–come in just close enough to watch the powder turn from granular to shiny and "wet" looking, and then back off quickly.
  3. You can come back in to hit any areas that still appear granular, if needed.  If you over-heat it, it will harden prematurely and lose all tack.  Note:  Most embossing powders will burn right off the paper, if they are overheated, heated too closely, or too long.
  4. Apply glitter, and rub/work gently into the image.
  5. Re-heat again gently, to lock in the glitter.

And, that’s all she wrote!  Simple Stick is clear, so it can be applied over any colored pigment ink.  This works fabulous with either solid images OR detailed/outline images!  Love this stuff!

Now, I have the sugary sweetest cherries, doncha think?!  Of course, the cherry panel was beggin’ for scallops, so I whipped out my Nestabilities Scallop Square Die to create that layer.  Yummy, no?!  I love Bing Cherries and can almost NEVER pass by a road-side stand that has some for sale!

Hope your day is sweet!

Supplies & Materials
Stamps:  Dot bl, Stitched Garden Set, Polka Dot Alphabet Lowercase Sm., all by A Muse Artstamps
Paper:  White Card Stock, Kitchen Green Card Stock, Red Card Stock
Ink:  Colorbox Fluid Chalk in Lime Pastel; Versmagic Red Magic Chalk Ink
Other: Simple Stick (sticky embossing powder by A Muse Artstamps), Prisma Ultrafine Glitter, Nestabilities Scallop Square Die (Spellbinders), Making Memories Ribbon Slot Punch Attachments & Instant Eyelet Setter), Red Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon by A Muse, Lime Green Gingham (source unknown)

  1. what a happy sweet card! Love the scallops and the bling!

  2. I’m back looking at this card again for its layout. It is inspiring me to make one with my amuse dot alphas!!

  3. I love your yummy, yummy cherry card!! So purdy!!

  4. you know, this is just gorgeous, my friend! It’s so *perky* and sparkly. . . much like you! Love you, girl!

  5. Hi Julie,

    I love this card it is soooooo cute!

    Thanks also for the hints on how to use the Simple Stick powder. Very handy to know :-).


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