frosted glass

I've had this big jar of clear UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) since we lived in California...which means it's at least 8 years old. Maybe 10. I guess it doesn't expire because it's still kickin'!

The other day I found it in the back of a drawer and pulled it out to play. I ended up creating a frosted glass look by combining it with another neglected embossing powder in my stash -- White Pearls by Stamp-N-Stuff.

Sometimes it seems like a card just doesn't want to be photographed. This is one of them. It was a stubborn stinker and looks better in person...you'll just have to trust me. ;)

To create the UTEE piece, I first stamped images from the Hero Arts With Sympathy set onto slightly damp watercolor paper. LOVE this useful and beautiful set. Tip: Flip the floral image upside down and stamp with green ink to fill in some of the area at the bottom. Looks grassy that way.

I then applied some Tumbled Glass, Shabby Shutters, and Peeled Paint Distress Inks, generously tapped Versamark Ink to cover the whole thing, and embossed it with UTEE. Once the first coat of UTEE was dry, I did a layer of White Pearls powder, not really knowing what would happen. I liked the frosty effect and went with it. One more coat of UTEE over the top gave it a nice smooth finish.

Easy as that! Frosty and fun. (I don't know about you, but I could use more fun and less frost in my neck of the woods. Hurry, spring!)


winter white

This week's Tuesday Trigger over at the Moxie Fab World blog is this gorgeous three tier wedding cake. It tempted me all week and I finally got a chance to play this morning. (My first time!)

Let me just say, I would not want to be the cake server at this wedding reception. How could you bear to cut into this work of art...?

I jotted down a few notes: white + cream, overlapping flowers, rounded corners, pearls. Instead of doing a wedding card, I decided to go with a birthday theme. Here's what I came up with:

The cut out flowers on the cake made me think of the new Hero Arts Daisy Outline Pattern, which I stamped onto white cardstock with Soft Sand Shadow Ink. I added the slightest touch of pink because it just seemed more "birthday-ish" that way. :)

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you're enjoying the weekend! We're finally getting some of the "winter white" stuff here and I'm loving it. Hope it sticks!


on the 12th day of christmas...

Hi! Popping in with a fun little something to share today.

I was honored to be invited by Ellen Hutson to be a guest blogger in the wonderful "12 Days of Christmas" series on the CLASSroom blog this year. And today's my day!

Here's a peek at what I came up with, using some of my favorite new Hero Arts stamps and scraps:

If you tend to make and accumulate lots of inky backgrounds (hello, Distress Inks!) this is a very simple idea that will help you get them out of your scrap drawer and onto cards in a matter of minutes.

Click over here to the CLASSroom for the whole enchilada and be sure to leave a comment there because there's a giveaway...a really fabulous giveaway! Let's just say it might involve the number 12 and a certain company I love. ;)

Thanks for stopping by!