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

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



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Stamp-a-Faire 2016 – Masterpiece Inspirations – Monet ‘Note for You’ Card

Goood morning peeps! Can you tell I’m finally feeling a little better?!! What a nasty virus!! Hopefully, now I can get these last few cards posted. So brace yourselves for a deluge of posts today. : )


The next session of Papertrey Ink’s Stamp-a-Faire 2016 was Masterpiece Inspirations with the Team. There’s an interesting clip of part of the commencement speech Neil Gaiman gave to the Pennsylvania University of the Arts 2012 graduating class (here). Each of the designers did a fab and inspiring job of taking a masterpiece as inspiration for their projects!

I’ve always been fond of Monet’s works, especially his water lilies, which is probably why I also love the McKee Botanical Garden, as areas of it remind me of his pond:


So, I chose to use Dawn McVey’s inspiration of Calude Monet’s Waterlilies as a springboard for my card.



Here is what I came up with:


I watercolored the background and, to add dimension and texture, I cut out the Garden Gild cover plate die and watercolored it, too. Then, like the true blonde that I am, I discovered my watercolored background was too small for the cover plate die cut. Argh! But with a little snipping, it was easily sized down and barely noticeable.



  • Papertrey Ink Make it Market Mini: Garden Gild cover plate die
  • Papertrey Ink Floral Sketches stamp set
  • Canson cold press watercolor paper
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress inks: Dusty Concord, Mermaid Lagoon, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, Peeled Paint, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Shabby Shutters, Spun Sugar, Squeezed Lemonade, Wilted Violet
  • Versamark ink
  • Recollections Neon Rose embossing powder
  • Recollections shimmer card
  • Tombow Xtreme permanent adhesive
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue

I’m playing along with the following challenges – click on any one if you’d like more details as to how to play along:

I’ll be back soon! Thanks for stopping by and for all your encouraging comments!



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