A Prickley Pear New Release Party Blog Hop!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Welcome to Day Three of Prickley Pear's new release of Valentines and Steampunk themed Red Rubber Stamps!

To celebrate this new release we are having a three day long Blog Party with loads of inspirations by the Design Team and a give away! One happy participant will win a $15 gift certificate to the web shop. All you have to do is leave a comment on each of the participating blogs and tell us what you think about the new release. The last day to enter is Sunday, January 15th, at Midnight EST. The winner will be drawn randomly from one of the particpating blogs, and will be presented on the Prickley Pear Blog on Monday, January 16th.

For my blog hop card, I'm using the Mojo Monday 223 sketch and the January color palette from Kathy's Lily Pad Palette Challenge.

I chose the new Hearts ATC stamp and the True Love stamp for the front of my card.

I heat embossed the True Love sentiment with silver metallic embossing powder, however, it was difficult to see on the patterned paper. I really wanted it on that part of the card, so I took two different purple Copic markers and colored the embossed area. I like the result and it's nice to know I can match my embossing to just about anything this way, now. :)
I did a lot to the Hearts ATC stamp, but the photo doesn't do it justice. In person, it has an irridescent, almost translucent, dimensional look to it. To achieve that look, I first stamped it with a purple Colorbox pigment ink. Then, I colored the hearts randomly with Prismacolor pencils that matched the dp and used Gamsol and a blending stump to blend and soften the colors. Next, I spritzed it with silver Shimmer Spritz. After that dried, I saturated the entire thing with mineral spirits. (I'm not sure if that step actually did anything, but I gave it a try). Once the mineral spirits dried, I re-stamped the image with silver Colorbox ink, and again with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink. I also sponged the Chipped Sapphire ink along the edges of the rectangle. I attached it to the main panel of the card with shiny silver eyelets. That's Crystal Stickles on the little white dots of the lavender circle die cut.

Here's a shot from another angle so you can see the layers and the dry embossed panel better. There is actually a fairly large heart embossed on the white layer, but the circles ended up covering it up.

For the inside of my card, I used a sentiment stamp called "Each Day." I used Spellbinders Edgeabilities to cut the brackets and hearts at the bottom of the sentiment panel.
Here's a close up of the decorative edge. I filled the open circles with peacock blue Stickles, and the open hearts with lavender Liquid Pearls.

And, that's it for my card. What do you think about the new stamps? Me? I love them! I'm going to take that Hearts ATC stamp and do some experimenting. It's so pretty just stamped and left uncolored, but I liked how much the image changed every time I did something else to it. Now, I want to try other things--maybe my Copics, some paint, chalk, nail polish...anything I can find. If I come up with something fun and funky, I'll be sure to share it with you. :D

In the meantime, don't forget to leave a comment on my blog about the new stamps, then be sure to visit the others on the Design Team to see what they've got to show you and leave comments on their blogs, too.

Cheryl (that's Me!)

Remember, you have until Sunday at midnight to comment on everyone's blogs for maximum entries in the drawing. 

Thanks for stopping by today, and Happy Hopping! Good Luck!!!
Stamps: Hearts ATC, True Love, Each Day (Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps)
Paper: Violet Garden-Digital paper pack (Print Candee); Cafe Mediterranean (DCWV)
Ink: Colorbox; Distress Ink; Copic markers 
Dies: Std Circles Lg, Classic Scalloped Circles Lg, Classic Rectangle, Classic Bracket Edgeabilitiese (Spellbinders); Brackets (Tim Holtz & Sizzix)
Accessories: Love Is In the Air embossing folder (Cuttlebug); Zing silver metallic embossing powder; Prismacolor pencils; Gamsol; mineral spirits; ribbon; pearls; eyelets; sewing thread; Stickles; Liquid Pearls; Shimmer Spritz; foam dots
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")
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Poornima said...

Very nice card. Love the layering and ribbon is going perfectly .

Kristii said...

Wow!!! What an absolutely beautiful card!!! I love all the texture and the embossed sentiment is absolutely perfect!!! So many amazing details make this card a work of art!!!

Angelica Turner said...

Gorgeous card, the combination of patterned paper is amazing here, and the different textures add so much to the cards design.

TesaB said...

Wonderful! What gorgeous colors! LOVE your Hearts ATC treatment!!!! And the glittery sentiment - yummy!!!

Audrey Pettit said...

wow! Amazing, Cheryl! I am in love with what you did with the new heart ATC stamp! What gorgeous layers of color. And how cool that you altered the embossed sentiment to match. Awesome tip!

Unknown said...

This is a so inspiring card! Love the glitter in it!!!
Thanks for sharing!

Barbara Colbert said...

WOW!!! LOVELY LOVELY card1!! Really love the coors!!!!

Marie said...

Beautiful card, Cheryl. Love how the different combination of techniques turned out. Gorgeous colors.

Carole said...

Hi Cheryl, the card is stunning and I adore the softness of the shades you selected. Thanks so much for dropping by and leaving a lovely comment. I appreciate your visit and hope you will come again.

nancyparker55 said...

Love your card, all the layers & colours - wonderful.

Heather Jensen said...

So pretty Cheryl. Love the colors. :)

Celina said...

I like all the colors you used in the card. The stamped sentiment looks excellent with that embossing powder. I love it.

jennifer said...

gorgeous card, love the colors!

Unknown said...

LOVE this card. I have embossing powder but no idea how to use it yet.

I guess that is next on the agenda....

ufoide@gmail.com said...

this is the frst visit to this blog and i find it beautiful. Your card is gorgeous. Wonderful.
Greetings from Melany from Italy

JenMarie said...

Oh how beautiful! Love the sparkling purple!!

Theresa said...

Cheryl, Now I know why I totally love you!! What a fabulous card. I love the totally bold mix of colors and DPs. What amazing work lady. Absolutely fabulous.

Nancy K said...

oh wow, what a fabulous card design! I absolutely love how you used the color palette and you included so much detail with the stitching and sparkle....it's all just really gorgeous! Thanks for joining in on the color challenge at Lily Pad Cards!

Kathy said...

Wow what a stunning card that rocks color and design. You have such a talent for papers...this is exceptional. So happy to see that you are playing along with us at Kathy's Lily Pad Palette. :)

Kathy said...

Hello Cheryl, I just wanted to wish you a big congrats for your win at Lily Pad. Your card was outstanding. Hugs, Kathy