Thursday, September 6, 2012

jazzed up dry embossing & silhouette freebies!


now that i have your attention...

this week i am going to share a project i worked on for last week's post (which i did not make because of the Blog Hop - winners TBA soon!)  one night while i was frustratedly going through my white gel pens trying to find one that worked, i thought, "what would happen if i colored in, say, an embossed piece of cardstock?"  this was probably because of the gouges i was leaving in the paper trying to get the pens to work, but nonetheless it sparked an idea.  i'm sure it's been done, i know i've seen something similar somewhere... so i in no way take complete credit for this idea, only its proliferation ;)

and trust me, if you try it, you'll be hooked too.

i started out with some plain textured black cardstock from goodness knows where out of my scrap bag, and embossed it with the first folder i pulled out.  amazingly enough, though i didn't end up with a working white pen, i DID find another pen that i'm absolutely in love with and would buy in bulk so i can use it on everything: the Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust in "clear", which is actually silver glitter that looks fantastic on just about everything.

the finished product:

another base i tried with the Bazzill Light Gray from the August kit:

i also made a few from the Purple Moon cardstock and a darker, royal purple piece from my scraps with the same pen - all have turned out really well.  i think this pen adds so much to any color you combine it with.  i am also working on a few other pieces with different colored inks/cardstocks (white/blue, kraft, etc) to see what i can come up with - i really think this may be the "look" for my Christmas cards this year!

here is the finished card, made with the light gray base from above:

i also made the flower from some of the leftover burlap from April's kit - my first attempt at that, based on this tutorial from Alisha @ Snug As a Bug Baby... my dinky little flower is NOTHING compared to her gorgeous bouquet, but i think it really brings together the feel of this card.  i liked being unrestricted by color from the base as well, it allowed me to bring in all different elements from the August kit.

One last thing before I head out, i'm giving away a few freebie Silhouette files i've worked on in the last few weeks in honor of a sad occasion - a really dear friend of mine moved away to Colorado yesterday to work at a small hotel in the mountains.  i'm grieved and jealous at the same time.  i'm sure i'll see him again, but in the meantime i made him this canvas to take with him, and i hope he'll think of me and smile often:

if you've read Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy or seen the movie, then this makes perfect sense to you.  if not, carry on.  lol.  or read the books, which i HIGHLY recommend for anyone who wants to pee their pants laughing.  my friend, Matt, and i are sort of HHG fan...dudes... so this was more than appropriate.  and he loved it.  the hitchhiker's thumb symbol is a custom piece i created in Silhouette Studio, specifically for this canvas, and you can find it along with a Totoro cut file over on my blog.  nerdy things.  but freebies nonetheless!  okay, sorry for the shameless plug...

the September kit is hot off the presses over at Scrapbooking Supplies R Us, so make sure that you stop by and snag one ASAP before we run out.  cutest. stuff. ever.  let me tell you.  you won't wanna miss it!  also, don't forget about our current card and sketch challenges - still plenty of time to play!  stay tuned for the reveal of the winner(s) from the Blog Hop, and please stop back by and check out our daily offerings :)

enjoy the rest of the week!

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