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I am a stamper at heart. It’s how I got started in paper crafting, and I may have a hundred sets of stamps (that’s a conservative estimate), but I am always drooling over the newest and latest and more than willing to add to my collection! So I get a lot of mileage out of every issue of Paper Crafts’ Stamp It! Cards. In honour of Stamp It! Cards Volume 8, Moxie Fab World is hosting a challenge featuring stamping. I had more fun than I can tell you in making the card below, inking up a new stamp and pulling out an old technique and a new one, too!
Photos cannot tell you just how pretty this card is. It’s shimmery and delicate and beautifully defined, and I photographed in three different settings and lightings before I accepted that this was the best photo I was going to get. I ain’t no pro photog, you know! The focal point stamp is a Tim Holtz stamp that I picked up at my LSS, and I bought it thinking that I would try heat embossing it and then painting in the white space. I ended up reversing the technique, painting the stamped image itself!
I stamped it using Versamark, and then using a tiny paintbrush and Perfect Pearls shimmer dust in three different colours, I painted the image. The Perfect Pearls sticks to the Versamark and I brushed the excess away with a soft cloth, revealing beautiful detail. I love how detailed the result is! I then covered the entire rectangle in Versamark and heat embossed it using Deep Impressions embossing powder. I did three layers of Deep Impressions to give it an epoxy-type finish.
For the background paper, I did the same Perfect Pearls/Versamark treatment, this time using only gold Perfect Pearls. I stamped the sentiment using Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink. I can just imagine giving this card to a bride and groom, or perhaps to a lovely daughter growing older too quickly!
The little charm shown here is heat embossed as well! I die cut it using a Spellbinders Parisian Accents die, then made the card stock thicker by heat embossing it using more Deep Impressions. Then I inked it one more time with Versamark and heat embossed a layer of gold embossing powder. Very luxe!
I wish you could see this card in all its shimmery glory – it’s pretty and I will be painting with my Perfect Pearls more in projects to come!