Monday, 21 August 2017

Have A Gorgeous Day

You may have seen these cards in my earlier post today.
They were made for the
where Aussie residents have the opportunity to win the
gorgeous Stampendous Autumn Points cling rubber stamp
that we have all used for the blog hop.
Head on over for your chance to win!
This post is to share my ingredients and
recipe for a gorgeous day.


There is so much amazing detail in the Autumn Points stamp that I would start with a set of CAS cards and I am thrilled with the results.

Here is the story of the first card.
I placed the stamp in my MISTI (foam layer removed) and conditioned it with some Versamark ink, testing it on some scrap paper to ensure the detail of the image was crisp and clear.
I measured the stamp and decided to try it with a 4" x 5 1/4" smooth white cardstock panel, stamping it with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  The image looked fabulous the first time but I inked it up again for an even richer / darker image.  The placement of the stamp was perfect too.
I cut a matting panel 4 1/4" x 5 3/8" and inked the edges with the black ink.
I cut a card base 5" x 6 1/8" to allow for an even border around the matted image panel and adhered all the layers together using liquid adhesive.
Next came the sentiment.  I placed the clear stamp on my cutting mat and measured it up, deciding to cut a 25mm x 51mm (yes, it's metric, I pick & choose between metric & imperial, taking the sizes that suit best).  I placed the card panel in the corner of my MISTI, lined the stamp up on top of it, closed the lid to secure the stamp and double inked the sentiment, same as the image panel.  I popped the sentiment panel with foam dots and my CAS card was made SUPER FAST (for me) in eight minutes and fifty-seven seconds, yes, you read right, 8:57.  If I had planned it better, I'm sure it would have been even faster.
What do you think?

Once this first card was completed, I decided to add some extra elegance with some embossing powders.

I stamped the image panel and sentiment on the same sized panels as my first card but made the matting panel 1/8" larger.  I inked the outer edges of the matting panel, inked with Versamark ink then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  You may notice that there is a little time between this step and heat embossing the image and sentiment panels.  "Why?" you may well ask ... well that's because the ink wasn't dry on my matting panel and it turned my Versamark ink pad black.
I dusted the image panel and sentiment panels liberally with my powder tool, stamped them again with Versamark ink, smothered them with clear embossing powder then heat set for an even bolder black and a luscious glossy finish.

Next came my mini production line.
My final design was decided, so I cut some more image, sentiment and matting panels and some card bases too.  All I needed to do was decide what colours to use.  The only difference with these three is that no pigment inks were used, only Versamark under the luscious metallic embossing powders.

This card uses gold embossing powder. 

This card uses silver embossing powder.

This card uses platinum embossing powder.

The metallic embossing powders pick up the delicate detail
of the stamps and give such rich shimmer and shine. 

Stampendous Autumn Points cling rubber stamp
MISTI - the Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented
EK Success Powder Tool
Versamark Ink Pad
Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad
Lil' Inker Designs - clear stamps - Modern Mehndi Stamps
WOW! embossing powder - regular - Gold Rich
WOW! embossing powder - regular - Silver
WOW! embossing powder - regular - Platinum
WOW! embossing powder - super fine - Clear Gloss
heat tool
burnt fingers ... the itty bitty sentiment panels were tough going!
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the layers
foam squares - to adhere the sentiment panels

Sending a big Thank You to Julie at The Stencil Specialist for supplying the Stampendous Autumn Points cling rubber stamp

Don't forget to HOP on over HERE
for the August Blog Hop with The Stencil Specialist
where Aussie residents have the opportunity to win this
gorgeous Stampendous Autumn Points cling rubber stamp

Four blogs, four stops filled with creative inspiration and four chances to win!

I am going to enter my cards in the following challenges (alphabetical order):

Add sparkle, glitter, sequins, glimmery paper etc.  Just add some bling!
The metallic embossing powders I have used add a luscious shimmer and shine.
My cards are filled with elegant autumn leaves
and the first card was made in 8 minutes and 57 seconds.


  1. wow these are stunning,so much detail and stamped perfectly. Love the placement of the sentiment. So pleased you took up our challenge to speed stamp and thanks for joining Time Out x

    1. Thank You Sandie :)
      I'm glad that I tried my hand at speed stamping too ... usually I am happy to get a card finished in a day, having one under 10 minutes is record breaking for me and I hope to be able to do it more often!

  2. Wow these are just gorgeous. Nice work they look great.
    Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT Registered Owners/Admin for World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

    1. Thank You Annette :)
      PS - you must be wearing several DT hats today, as I haven't entered the World Wide Open Design Team Challenge ... heading over to check it out now

  3. Amazing stamp and you have created such stunning cards with it!
    Thank you for joining us at Digi Choosday! Jane S (DT) xxx

  4. Love all the different versions card, fab embossing.
    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

  5. Gorgeous cards and I'm smitten with that stamp! Thanks for taking the Time Out to play with us!

  6. Beautiful cards, love the image, love the B&W ones, and the embossed with their lovely shimmer. Thank you for joining us Morgan's Artworld ATG challenge. Faith DT

  7. Quite stunning. So glad you joined us at Morgan's ArtWorld.

  8. Wow these are amazing, what a wonderful image, and I love the black and white one. Fabulous. Thank you so much for joining us at the Time Out challenge. Jenny x

  9. What a gorgeous image - it looks so stunning in the metallic embossing! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Time Out and doing the optional twist! Jill


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