Friday, February 6, 2015

still not over... but embossed


Pretty monotonous here on my blog lately, eh? CAS and watercolored rainbow paper heaven. But monotonous. Today I've a couple cards that I took up a notch. Still CAS but not as extreme.


A wedding card. Absolutely inspired by the inspiration photo at Altenew's February challenge.


Pink, burgundy, glitter, gold, love theme, embossing. Got it all. I stamped the gorgeous blooms from Persian Motifs in gold. Partially embossed the top with Maggie Holmes Doily embossing folder. TIP: Put cardboard over the areas you do not want embossed before running your folder through your Big Shot. A strip of glitter CS and hand-stitched metallic gold thread up top finished the white panel.

Then I die cut "celebrate" from Essentials by Ellen Zipper Panel from my rainbow watercolored paper, using the purple to pink spectrum of the lighter version. Stacked it, inked the edges with a Distress marker and wink of Stella-ed it too. The secondary sentiment from Persian Motifs completed the sentiment.

And I even channeled my inner Joni A. and Jocelyn O. (notice the inked panel underneath and the lifted edges of the panel?!?!)



My second card is also love related. An anniversary card this time. 


Papertrey (Tipped Tops die) meets Technique Tuesday sentiment (Swanky Sentiments which BTW is a fabulous set for "go to" sentiments) meets a dry embossed Sizzix heart for a bit of interest in the background. "Happy" was also die cut from the lighter rainbow watercolored version and stacked before adhered. TIP: I use a skinny paintbrush and Matte Medium for stacking and adhering die cuts. It's still tedious work, but beats the days of adhering skinny strips of foam adhesive doesn't it?

I'm hooking up to these challenges:

Mod Squad - Use Water (I've used watercolors)
Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge - "H is for"
Happy Little Stampers February


Inkspirational #75

AAA Cards #32


CASual Fridays #136



  1. TGIF. And happy weekend!

32 comments:

  1. Both your cards are so beautiful and elegant ..I love the embossing and the colors on your first card and the stunning simplicity of your second card :)

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  2. Beautiful! The way you embossed each of them is perfect for their sentiments!

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  3. Love how you have used the embossing technique Maria!
    Your cards are absolutely STUNNING!!

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  4. Both are lovely, Maria, but that top one...absolutely GOR-JUS!!! WELL done, my dear!!!

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  5. Both are lovely, Maria, but that top one...absolutely GOR-JUS!!! WELL done, my dear!!!

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  6. WOW! Your cards are amazing!!! Love the embossing the best!
    Hugs :)
    Samra

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  7. My goodness, this is so lovely! I really like how you used the dry embossing and the subtle stamping both on your background. Excellent! Thanks for explaining how to get partial folder embossing! I hadn't figured that out yet! (Seriously!) hugs!!

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  8. Such beauties, Maria ... both lovely, I'm especially taken by the heart one ... sigh!! Anita :)

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  9. Two gorgeous LOVE cards Maria! :) LOVE the gold stamped images with the doily embossing on top ... so beautiful and elegant, especially with the gold glittery strip at the top. The stitching detail is perfect! And your second CAS card with the multi-coloured sentiment and embossed heart ... it says it all! :) Thanks so much for playing along with us at Happy Little Stampers! xx

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  10. OH my....just simply stunning Maria.

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  11. Wow, I don't even know where to start on either of your cards, I am soooo in love with your details. Great ideas. So glad you were able to join us at AAA Cards

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  12. Absolutely stunning cards, Maria! Wow, I have been loving your watercolouring! Thanks so much for playing along at Happy Little Stampers xx

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  13. Fabulous! Love the layered stamping and partial embossing.

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  14. Gorgeous cards with just the right touch of colors and texture! Thanks for playing along with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

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  15. These are beautiful. What a wonderful way to watercolor and use die cut words.

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  16. Love that embossed look and the stitching is a lovely touch x

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  17. Wow... two beautiful cards! I love the partially embossed panel with the glitter strip on the first card and the die cut sentiments on both cards look so bold and beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Inkspirational!
    - Shauna

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  18. The water colored words are so pretty. Thanks for joining us at the Mod Squad Challenge!

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  19. Came over to check out your altenew card - I just love the clever way you've included all the elements! Very elegant & fun! Love the anniversary CAS card too!

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  20. Wow, that happy rainbow is gorgeous! Great card!
    Jen L

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  21. so fabulous!! Thanks for joining in at AAA!

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  22. Loving your card for the Altenew challenge all those elements from the photo are captured so perfectly on your card :)
    Jenny x

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  23. What a beautiful effect you've achieved with the layers of stamping, embossing and sewing . Fabulous. I hope you don't mind that I've pinned it for inspiration. Thank you for joining us at Inkspirational Challenges. Come back next time! Marina

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  24. WOW! These are both so pretty! Thanks for joining us at CAS-ual Fridays!

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  25. Such gorgeous cards, and I adore your anniversary card. The debossed heart with the delicate rainbow 'happy', so pretty x

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  26. WOW! 2 absolutely gorgeous cards!! I absolutely love them! Thank you for playing along with us at the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Monthly Challenge!

    Jessica

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  27. Maria, both cards are wonderful! Your first card is so romantic! Love the splash of gold! Your second card is so cheerful! Thanks for playing along with CAS-ual Fridays!

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  28. Gorgeous! ...sigh...
    Thanks for joining us at CAS-ual Fridays!

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  29. Maria, your cards are FABULOUS!!!!

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