Thursday, May 18, 2017

Happy Birthday - Feminine

05/23/2017 Update: Diamond Award winner at Color Dare #243.

One card for several challenges presented an opportunity to use new Oxide ink. I used the simple method of smearing ink onto the work surface, spritzing it with water and placing the cardstock onto the wet mess. I dried the card between dips into the watery ink to avoid a muddy look. As it turned out, I only had one color of Oxide ink for the color challenge so used regular Distress inks for the remainder.
Once dry, the inked cardstock was cut to size then stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with silver pearl EP. The piece was matted with black cardstock and decorated with silver glitter paper and a black strip with a heat embossed sentiment in silver pearl EP. A few sequins were also added. This was all backed with foam tape and adhered to the card base. The inside of the card was lined with white cardstock and decorated with a strip of silver glitter paper.

This card is being submitted to:

1. Color My Heart Color Dare #243

2. Just Us Girls #393

3. AAA Cards #90

4. Crafter's Café Birthday #173

Techniques: Stamping, heat embossing, "smooshing"
Size: A2

Stamps: CTMH Happy Valentine & SSS Hand Lettered Greetings
Inks: Versamark
         Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick sub for CTMH Blossom
         Distress Picked Raspberries sub for CTMH Raspberry
         Distress Evergreen Bough sub for CTMH Lagoon
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White (heavyweight), Basic Black, Lost Lagoon, Glimmer Paper
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals foam tape; WOW EP (silver pearl); sequins from stash


  1. What a beautiful background, love the pearl embossing of MY flower Stamp that Lisa gave you...stunning. Thanks for sharing with us at Color Dare this week.

    1. Thank you, Sue. You are welcome to BORROW the stamp any time you wish as long as you return it!

  2. A fabulous card and beautiful work on the background. SO glad you joined us for our birthday challenge at Crafters Café, CarolG

  3. This is so pretty! I love your smooshed background with the heat embossing. Thanks for playing with us at JUGS!

  4. Beautiful card. Thanks for playing at AAA Cards.

  5. Just beautiful Melanie! The background colors are perfect and I love your embossing! Stunning!

  6. This is a gorgeous card Melanie. I love the smooshed background!

  7. I really like the background and the embossed flower background...layering it all in black really made it pop. Thanks for joining us at the Color Dare.

  8. Wonderful card. I love that you went the extra mile and added the heat embossing after the inking. Really super color choices, you have mastered those Oxides!!! Great take on the challenge, thanks so much for playing along with us this week over at Just Us Girls!!!

  9. What a fantastic combination of colour, technique and embossing. Thanks for sharing with us at AAA Cards

  10. Gorgeous card, Melanie! There is so much dimension to this colorful card. Thanks so much for sharing it with us at the Color Dare blog this week.
    :) Marie

  11. WOW! Love your card! So much detail and the background turned out. Thank you for joining us at Color My Heart.

  12. Beautiful card, Melanie. Love how your smooshing turned out, and the embossing really makes it special!

  13. Beautiful!! Love that background!! Thanks for playing with us at The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog.

  14. Wonderful Birthday card. Thanks for joining us at The Crafter's Cafe this fortnight for our "Birthdays" challenge.

  15. This is beautiful!! Love the colors... love the embossing... love the whole thing!