Friday, June 1, 2012

New Dies, New Techniques and New Stamps!!!

Welcome back friends!  A lot has happened in my world since my last post.  Some good, some not so good... but that's how the cookie crumbles!  Now what kind of expression is that?  Does that happen to you too?  It just kinda pops in your head and right through your tapping fingers to the keyboard... hmmmm...  Exactly how does the cookie crumble?  Oh well.

Without further pondering on that subject, I need to tell you that my CANDY post didn't have an ending date (yikes!).  I intended to end on May 31 (I'm assuming that Mr. Linky will expire at midnight).  If that is the case, and you didn't get a chance to enter, I will leave it open for a few more days.  The NEW ending date will be June 4 at 11:59 pm.  I will include the link to enter at the bottom of this post...

It's Hop Time!

If you've come from Melanie's blog, you've seen some amazing work, and are on the right track.  If you'd like to start at the beginning, head on over to see what Danni has cooked up for you.  She's sure to bring a big smile to your face :D  If you get lost along the way, you can find the entire line up on the Store Blog.

Here at SCACD we've been "die"ing to mix things up!  So, this month we have the launch of two awesome new Collections.
First is a fantastic new line of dies.  Susana has collaborated on a collection of dies with a timeless, classic feel.  Delicate and beautiful, the diecuts from these high quality wafer thin metal dies will be featuring on your projects for years to come!
Second is a wonderful new direction for SCACD.  Susana is following her heart with a new line of Mixed Media stamps.  For those of you who are new to the concept, Mixed Media is a style that embraces creativity and experimentation. Let SCACD take you on a new creative adventure with the Blank Canvas Collection.  From the beginner to the mixed media enthusiast, these stamps will have the creative juices well and truly flowing! 
Each set in the collection comprises looks, perfect for mixing it up with different techniques.  Use the elements set to enhance the blank canvas silhouettes, or use them on their own for gorgeous effects.
In addition there is a fabulous set of word outlines, ready to be customized however you like!  Color them in, doodle, zentangle, paper piece - go wherever your creativity takes you.
Mix it up and most importantly - HAVE FUN!

Brand New Dies by SCACD!!!

I am so happy and excited to finally get to show you the awesome new dies that are in the SCACD house!  I'm only showing you two, but there are 6 others (as I'm sure you've seen if you are hopping along with us today!)

On my card, I've used Nature's Tapestry Fan and one of the two corners in the Classic Corners set.  You can find the entire collection *Here*

 I've kept the card simple so that the dies can SHINE!!!

Isn't this fan just gorgeous?  The detail is amazing and oh-so-delicate!  I've used VersaMark and *LuminArte' micas to make this one colorful and shimmery fan :D  *Tutorial with specific colors below...

The dies cut perfectly!  As you can see in this closeup, the cut is crisp, without fraying or tears.  Isn't the color fun?  With the mica powders, there are SO MANY colors to choose from, you will surely find something to fit your project easily.  I am well on my way to collecting ALL of them lol!  You know that I have to have all the colors in everything...  I might NEED one I don't have yet!!!

So, here's how I made the magic happen:

I 'stamped' VersaMark on Kraft die cuts - here, obviously the corners... 

Here are the colors of mica powder I used.  In case you can't see in the photo, they are:  Blue Flame, Stargazer and Snap Dragon.

After coating the fan die cut with the VersaMark ink pad, I used a soft brush  to dab on the mica powder - this is Stargazer.  Since the VersaMark is tacky, the powder sticks really well.

I randomly covered the inside detail with more Stargazer, Blue Flame and Snap Dragon mica powders.  Ta Da!!!  Sooooo easy I tell ya!

Although you don't have to, since I didn't use Gum Arabic mixed in with the micas (which is a binding agent) I sprayed on a workable fixative by Krylon to keep the mica from smearing.  It really does make a difference.

Mixed Media Fun!!!

Boy oh boy did I have fun!  The new Mixed Media Blank Canvas Collection by Susana Loves Stamps has so many possibilities.  It was a bit hard at first deciding what I wanted to do, but after a few contemplative moments, I felt a FREEDOM that I hadn't experienced before :D   I'm tellin' ya that this collection will bring you to a new creative place you didn't know you had!  The only thing is... are you brave enough to enter in??? lol

Here I've used Blank Canvas Profile and Solid Canvas Profile.  What do you mean you can't see the solid?  Just wait... you'll see : D

The lined image is Blank Canvas Profile.  I began by stamping her with VersaMark and embossing with pink embossing powder (try THIS one from SCACD!)  Next, I wrote the word "freedom" with black permanent ink pen.  When I was sure that was dry, I stamped Solid Canvas Profile (using VersaMark) on top and sprinkled clear embossing powder over the entire image.

When the image was embossed and cooled, I used a foam brush to paint Pixie Pink Silks over the entire piece of cs, not worrying about whether or not it was a consistent thickness or color (some areas are darker, some are lighter).  I used a damp cloth to wipe away the color on the embossed image.

Again, using a black permanent ink pen, I wrote "Whatever is pure, think on these things" around the image.  It may be a little hard to tell the shape, but I used one of the new Tim Holtz embossing diffusers to create a circle around the image.  I'm not entirely sure I used it correctly, but you can see that the image  doesn't have any embossing in it.  The rest of the card has the embossed lines from the Scrollworks embossing folder.  I distressed the raised embossing a bit with Black Soot distress ink.

A few Graphite Paper Pen pearls and hearts, some zebra ribbon and bling, and a tiny tag (Susana carries THESE by Memory Box) tied with Scrapper's Floss are all that's needed to finish this one of kind, heartfelt card!

There you go... from me to you

♥ DID YOU KNOW... that SCACD carries VersaMark refill ink???  Just thought you'd like to know cuz I just found it :D

Now remember, our International friends can find these amazing new stamps *Here* and dies *Here* at Quixotic Paperie!!!

*CANDY LINK* - ends June 4

Your next stop is Mary J

Thanks so much for hanging in there with me : D

May God bless you, keep you and comfort your soul~


Amanda R said...

Lori these are great and I never knew to use the Versamark with the mica's, will have to try that cause it is a beautiful look!

Anita said...

Beautiful work Lori. I love the new dies and especially those corner dies.

Chrissy D said...

Ohhhh - LOVE the use of the Micas on the die!!! WOW on the shine and added Pink Silks - such a COOL card!

Marti {Pez-A-Doodle Designs} said...

perfect projects lori! love the colors of PE you chose! aren't they just magical!

Alex said...

Oh Lori- wow. I don't even have the right words for you. These are just beautiful. I love the variety of colors on the die cuts with the micas. Your profile card is amazing. The colors lovely and a way I never would have imagined. It is truly making me stop and stare and think. thank you.

Shelly Schmidt said...

Beautifully done- love the great colors of the Mica and the shimmer! What a great release!

Sandra H said...

Wow they are amazing:)x

Brenda said...

Super projects! Great tutorial!

Kim Dellow said...

Lovely Lori and thanks for the Tut! Totally love how you have used the stamp - gorgeous and can I say you have just lovely writing! Wish I could write like that - mine looks like spiders with inky feet running across a page! Kim

Lorraine said...

Wow, beautiful creations, Lori!!! Love the techniques & designs on your profile card! and am ROCKED by the mica color effects on your fan & corner dies! So beautiful!

Mary J said...

Wow, you did a fab job with these newbies Lori!

artjunkie2 said...

Your projects are stunning! Thanks for the tutorial! The colors are soooo beautiful!

Kathi said...

Both projects are fabulous.

I really LOVE the new dies.

Crystal said...

WOW Lori absolutely FABULOUS creations!!!!! LOVE how you used that die, fabulous idea!

Danni said...

Wonderful, gorgeous creations! Love the pink/zebra theme on the second one!

Patricia St Martin said...

Fantastic!!! Love all the projects. Everything is so beautiful. Awesome what you did with the mica powers.

Kim said...

Gorgeous work Lori! I love both of your designs and thanks for the tutorial on using the Micas with Versamark....I totally forgot about that one! :) Hope you have a great weekend!
Hugs~ Kim

Rufus said...

Wow, those dies are gorgeous and your mica powder treatment of them rocks. You used some of my favorite colors. Wishing you a good weekend

Yoshira aka cricutalltime said...

Love both cards.The mica on the die cuts looks so pretty.Very pretty frame for the fan.Beautiful sentiment on the pink the silohette.

Teresa said...

Hi Lori! what a wonderful fan! and thanks for the coloring technique! a hug!

Delphine said...

They are both gorgeous, Lori! I totally love your fan, so beautiful, the colours are fantastic! Wonderful tutorial, TFS! Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog and for following me, that's really kind of you, I'm following you too! Hugs Delphine xx

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