HELLO Again!! Yes, it’s an exciting day for me and a Friday to boot!! What a way to end the week!! Hands in the air–Woot Woot!!
I’ve been excitedly anticipating today since finding out I was one of the designers that Paulina chose, from her GD call in June. I’m my own worse critic and of course, I didn’t think Paulina would like any of the cards that I sent her. But, lo & behold, she did like what I submitted and invited me to this weekend’s event! Thank You, Paulina!! 🙂 🙂
I’m amongst fabulous designer’s today, sharing their Cutting Edge creations and You All have got the chance to win goodies from the wonderful sponsors who will be providing the prizes for the Blog Hop festivities.
So, before I get into my creation for the hop, be ready to link up your Cutting Edge designs beginning tomorrow, Saturday August 23rd directly at the Pretty Pink Posh blog. You’ve got all weekend and through Monday night to join in on the fun-Let’s see those die cut creations! Anything Goes!!
One of the benefits I received from being invited to participate as a Guest Designer for Pretty Pink Posh, is the generous selection of PPP Sequins and PPP Dies that Paulina sent me. In today’s Cutting Edge Blog Hop, I’m featuring PPP’s Stitched Film Strip die and Star Wood Veneers. I think you’ll be able to tell, I’m thinking of Halloween and spooky things with this b-day card 🙂
In preparation for making this card, I had stamped, fussy cut and glazed my Lost Coast Designs Party Hats the night before. I made two hats, not sure of which one was going to best suit Mr. Poe for the occasion–The blue hat is Peacock Feathers DI and the yellow hat is Mustard Seed DI. I cut the Film Strip die out of smooth black Core’dinations stock, which I doubled up. My card base is from Papertrey Ink and I think the color is Enchanted Evening. Mr. Poe and his entourage are stamped onto manila stock with Staz-On Jet Black ink.
I want a fun, yet kind of dark background (to match Mr. Poe) and the party hats! I’m using my Distress Inks in Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass & Broken China and Mustard Seed. After applying the inks, I did spritz the surface just a little with water, and fully heat dried.
I randomly stamped the hats with Distress Embossing ink and heat embossed with WOW clear embossing powder. What’s coming next is totally cool and I just saw California Art Girl, Richele Christensen do this technique on her blog last week.
I then covered the entire surface with Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord & Walnut Stain DIs and my ink blending tools. See how the embossed hats pop with color!! With the colors that I chose to use, my background turned out to be very ‘Northern Lights’ like (have you tried that technique yet?). I think Mr. Poe would have appreciated seeing the Northern Lights and might have even written about it.
I’m using the Bubbles layering stencil and water to add another layer of color and design to my background.
I placed the stencil in different directions and lightly spritzed water over the surface. I then quickly dabbed the water off the stencil with a paper towel and lifted the stencil off the panel. I did heat dry after each layer of stenciling.
I love this effect! It’s an organized version of water spots–and you know how I love water spots on my cards!!
Edgar, the owl and the raven are all images from the Haunted plate from Oxford Impressions–a fantastic set of stamps that always seems to make its way to the top of my Halloween themed creations!
I water colored all of the images with my water brush and Distress Markers in Tattered Rose, Antique Linen, Chipped Sapphire, Mustard Seed, Black Soot & Dusty Concord. I fussy cut Mr. Poe’s head, before positioning into the filmstrip, so he’d pop up out of the frame a little. He is the party boy!!
Is that possibly a smirk on Mr. Poe’s face? He is wearing a party hat!
This little owl is just hanging out watching…..
…and this raven looks like he’s eyeballing poor ole Edgar. Both feathered friends had itty bitty little dots of Diamond Glaze added to their eyes to give them a little gleam.
They look much more festive and ‘happy’ all put together with the party hats floating in the background!
I spelled out Hap-Poe Birthday using TH Label Letters that I mounted on a piece of black card stock first–the hyphen is an exclamation mark with the dot colored in with black pen and trimmed down just a tad. I then glued the sentiment to the panel with matte multi-medium and heat dried. I ran the entire panel through my sewing machine for the stitched border and the stitching on the letters. I added the wood veneer stars with more multi-medium (it truly is a crafter’s bff!) and heat set in place.
Mr. Poe also has a wood veneer star on his hat, too! Much more distinguished for our Mr. Poe, than a fuzzy ball or rhinestone 😉
This would be a great birthday card for a literature buff–especially one who enjoys the works of Edgar Allan Poe, like I do. I just re-read his poem “The Tell Tale Heart” and it’s really good–It’s suspenseful, creepy, thrilling and chilling!! Mr. Poe was definitely before his time and he’s been one of my favorite classic authors since junior high when I was first introduced to his poem “The Raven”.
OK–now that I’ve waxed personal….Time to move on and get Hopping!! Cutting Edge Blog Hopping that is!! Thank you all so much for coming over from Pretty Pink Posh and seeing how I put this card together. I hope you enjoyed your visit and will come back again from time to time!
Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!! XOXO-Shari
SUPPLIES I USED:
- Stitched Film Strip Die (Pretty Pink Posh); Star Wood Veneers (Pretty Pink Posh)
- Stamps: Haunted Plate (Oxford Impressions/Austen Gallery); Party Hats (Lost Coast Designs)
- Manila Stock; Black Stock (Core’dinations); Card Base-Enchanted Evening (Papertrey Ink)
- Distress Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Distress Embossing Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Staz-On Ink (Tsukineko)
- Diamond Glaze (Judi-Kins); Clear Embossing Powder (WOW); Mutli-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth); Double Back Tape (3M); Foam Dots
- Label Letters (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Bubbles Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
- Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Ink Blending Tools; Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Tool