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Bling it on! :)



Yes. A successful ink-blending episode! *fist pump*

Nothing fancy on this card–just heat-embossing, simple masking, and “sponging”.

Turned out ZACLY as I envisioned. *monkey clapping*


  1. Prep paper surface with an anti-static pouch
  2. Stamp all the gemstones and a sentiment with Versamark Ink
  3. Gold emboss the images
  4. Mask off straight edges of gemstones with Post-It Notes (or similar)
  5. Apply color to images with ink blending tool, concentrating most intense color to left/lower left sides, allowing upper right corner of each gemstone to remain relatively uninked (this will create the highlights and shading)
  6. Trim 1/4″ from card front and mount a scrap strip of gold foil card stock to inside card back as shown
  7. Embellish card front with Gold Glitter Glue


Have a gooder weekend! ;)




Winner, winner, (better than) chicken dinner! ;)

I know, right?! *chortle*

Alrighty, it’s time to announce the winner of the Bold Blooms Stamp set! WOOT!!!

Karen King


Congratulations! Bold Blooms will come live at your house! An email has been dispatched; please reply so we can get y’all hooked up. :)

Thank you to everyone that stuck it thru to the tail end of the hop when I forgot to include myself originally. And, many, MANY thanks for all the kind words regarding the release! *verklempt*

Also, I have it on very good authority that something FUN this way comes to the CLASSroom starting tomorrow… You will wanna peek… Just sayin’… :)



Cotton Candy Balloons…


I’ve never tried “no-line” watercoloring before, so I decided to give it a whirl.  I painted wet on dry this time around, but next time I think I’ll try wet on wet to see how I like that.

I love how soft it makes the images, and maintains that whole idea of translucence… The whole time I was painting, I was thinking the colors were so “sweet” and “yummy” and reminded me of those fluffy wads of cotton candy, LOL!

Cursive greetings in the Wish Big set make awesome balloon strings… :)

Had to add a few sequins just for a bit of sparkle when I was finished.




  • Stamp with a very pale, neutral colored ink like Antique Linen Distress
  • Use the image lines as a guide; if you paint over them, this ink is water-reactive, so the lines could “wash away”; that’s not a bad thing, just something to be aware of
  • Don’t worry about “perfection”; keep it loose
  • Start light, add more if needed–I like having a palette or non-stick craft sheet handy to dilute colors down as I work
  • Clean off your brush in between colors
  • Allow areas that overlap to dry or heat set them with your embossing gun, before applying the next color,  so you don’t end up with mud.  Unless you want mud. And in that case, disregard that last suggestion.



Have a great weekend and don’t forget to leave a comment to enter the giveaway for my Bold Blooms Stamp (ended)!




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