Monday, May 22, 2017

True Star - Masculine

It's been a while since I've used watercolor crystals so decided to play with those today. The result was a masculine card - although I think it could be gender neutral. I also wanted to try out a new glittery EP that puffs up when heat is applied. I like the puffiness but the glitter does not photograph.

Lesson I should have learned by now: I live in Arizona and today's temperature is 104 F (40 C). Although the central air conditioner is on today, I also have the ceiling fan in my sewing/craft room working. I should always turn that fan off when using embossing powder or watercolor crystals. It took a bit of time to wipe away the fine powder from various surfaces. Happens every time.
I decided to sprinkle the blue crystals first and then add a spritz of water. The result was a lot of tiny splatter, which I really liked. A heat gun was used to dry the wet paper - front and back to reduce warping. The vellum star and silver foil star were die cut and the white star was heat embossed, fussy cut and sprinkled with drops. The vellum star was adhered directly to paper and the two remaining stars were popped up with foam tape. The sentiment was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with silver EP.
This was adhered to a card base matted on the upper right corner with silver foil. The inside of the card was lined with white cardstock and decorated with wet color. The star on  the inside was stamped with Versamark, heat embossed with silver pearl EP, fussy cut and adhered.

This card is being submitted to:

1. Aud Sentiments #180
    (Use a sentiment.)

2. Crafting from the Heart 160
    (Anything goes.)

3. The Male Room #60

4.  Crafty Creations #341
     (Anything goes.)

5. AAA Cards #90
    (CAS w/embossing)

Techniques: Stamping, watercoloring w/crystals, die cutting, fussy cutting, heat embossing, CAS
Size: A2

Stamps: Winnie & Walter "True"
Inks: Ken Oliver Color Burst (Ultramarine Blue)
Cardstock/Paper: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Vellum, Silver Foil, watercolor
Dies: Stampin' Up! Star Framelits
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape) & EP (silver); WOW EP (silver pearl); Stampendous EP (Sparkle Puff)


  1. Wow Melanie, that turned out perfectly! Your watercoloring technique creates the perfect background behind your stars. Fantastic sentiment, love your clean design! :)

  2. Oh my, can't begin to imagine the effect of blue dust everywhere let alone the heat. Fab card though, so worth the effort.. Thanks for playing at AAA Cards.

  3. Fabulous card, thanks for sharing with us at AAA Cards!

  4. This is great - definitely gender neutral

    Super to see you playing along at Aud Sentiments,

    Hugz Tinz

  5. LOVE the look of this! Great watercolored background! This made me want to get up in my craft room now! First dog walking... then maybe a little crafting before we head off to Paper Collage... wish you could come!