Stamp-a-Faire 2017 – Faux Embossed Leather – Hugs Card

Ok, so faux leather is cool (see previous post), but faux embossed leather is even better, right?!! You can find the instructions for this on Nichole Heady’s post on Papertrey Ink’s Stamp-a-Faire event. Here’s how mine turned out:

I like the inside sentiment:

A close-up of the ’embossing’ which is actually a couple of layers of die cuts covered with peach tissue paper and then inked:

Materials used:

  • Papertrey Ink Big Hugs & Garden Gild dies
  • Papertrey Ink Canyon Clay Cardstock
  • Core’dinations cardstock: kraft, light brown & chocolate
  • Misc. peach tissue paper
  • Tsukineko Memento dye ink – Rich Cocoa
  • Tsukineko Brilliance ink: Coffee Bean
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs & Walnut Stain
  • Papertrey Ink Dye Ink – Canyon Clay
  • Staples School Glue

I’m joining in the following challenges, click on any one to find out how you can join the fun:

Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be back soon with another cool technique!



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Papertrey Ink 10th Anniversary Celebrating… 2013 – Hugs Card

Ok, this is my last one for today. Dunno if I’ll be able to finish up to 2016 tomorrow or not as there’s a lot on my plate. We’ll see. This Papertrey Ink 10th Anniversary card is for Celebrating the Past, Present and Future: 2013.


This time I drew my inspiration from this card by Nichole Heady:


Here’s my adaptation:


I love this pretty set and its lovely sentiments! Here’s the inside:


Supplies used:

  • Papertrey Ink Big Hugs stamps and dies
  • Papertrey Ink cardstock: Lovely Lady
  • DCWV Hello Darlin’ stack cardstock (love that pink & gold!)
  • Papertrey Ink dye ink: Hibiscus Burst
  • Floamies 3mm sheet foam
  • Misc. twine
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive

I’m playing along with the following challenge… click on it for more information on how you can join the fun

Hopefully, I’ll see you tomorrow with the final 3 of this series. Thank you so much for stopping by!



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Stamp-a-Faire 2016 – Starry Night Card

Welcome back for the second session of Papertrey Ink’s Stamp-a-Faire 2016.20160723_SAF

In this session, we were shown a cool way to do a Starry Night scene by blending dye inks, then using water and acrylics:


I like the blotchy nature of the shadows… they don’t require real drawing skills, so I threw in a couple and their puppy dog, too. I dropped my brush resulting in a blob that serendipitously turned into the moon. Which called for a few moon beams dancing through the shadows. : )

This is quite a different method than the one I used previously HERE and HERE. I have some others bookmarked to try. Some day I’ll have to take time to compare them all and see which I like best.

There are some great videos on the instruction post, which you can see HERE, and this interesting and true quote:

It’s hard to catch the shimmery look the Mica Spray gave the sky, but here’s my best shot:


Materials Used:

  • Papertrey Ink Big Hugs die
  • Papertrey Ink dye inks: Aqua Mist, Lovely Lady, Ocean Tides
  • Memento dye inks: Elderberry, Nautical Blue, Summer Sky
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Mica Spray – brushed pewter
  • Plaid Apple Barrel acrylic paint – Jet Black
  • Plaid My Studio acrylic paint – White
    • I used my Kemper spatter brush for the first time and I found the splatters were much more controlled than using a toothbrush or paintbrush. (I think I got it elsewhere cheaper, but can’t think right now)
  • Recollections white cardstock, silver glitter cardstock & shimmer card
  • Artistic Wire
  • Misc adhesives

I’m playing along with the following challenge – click on it if you want more information:

There are 8 more sessions to the Stamp-a-Fair fun, but since I have a raging fever, I doubt if I get any more done today. Perhaps I’ll see you tomorrow… Stay tuned…



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