Monday, 27 August 2012

Monochrome-ish :)

Hello there!

I'm here today with a card for this months WOW! Embossing Powder Challenge - Monochromatic.

The DT are also showcasing the pearlescent embossing powders.  I chose the Violet Pearl embossing powder when I won their June challenge with this card.  I love it!  By using a different base colour, it changes the effect the pearl powder has.  For example, if you emboss with the Violet Pearl onto white, it gives a white pearl finish with a shimmer of violet.  If you use it on a black background then the effect is a deeper, shimmering purple!  It's quite interesting trying it out on different coloured backgrounds!

I have taken a slight liberty with the term 'monochrome'.  Now, my card isn't strictly monochrome, but I'm hoping the wonderful guys over at WOW! will let me off a little bit :)

See what I mean?!  I should've done the sentiment in white and used white pearls, but I really wanted to show off the effects of the Violet Pearl embossing powder :)

The stripes at the top of the card were made by drawing them on using the WOW! Clear Embossing Pen and then I embossed using Violet Pearl powder.  I know it doesn't show very well in this photo - sorry about that!  I took a whole bunch of photo's to try and capture the shimmer, but it just wasn't happening!  The sentiment was also embossed using Violet Pearl, but I used black ink.  Here's a close up...

Again, not the greatest photo, sorry!  At least David Bailey can rest knowing that his job is safe :)

I also have something else to share with you that I am excited about, not sure anyone else will be mind you!!  Recently I made 100 wedding invitations for my best friends wedding.  I had them all finished (and they looked fab if I do say so myself :)  The bride to be was pleased which is no mean feat!!) and then it came to making my mark on the back of each one.  I have a 'made by' stamp which I have always used and then just written my name beneath it in calligraphy.  It's worked for me thus far.  I hadn't really thought about it when I began making the invitations, but I was going to have to write my name out 100 times!  Luckily it's only a short name, but after about 50 I was sick of writing it! 

So, they were all hand written and sent to the bride to be.  I then decided it was time for one of these...

He he!  I was so excited when this turned up!  I had ordered some stamps previously from Stampingallday and Nicky, the proprieter was nothing short of fantastic!  Her customer service is second to none and she even had the patience to put up with a fussy customer like me!  I sent Nicky my design via email, and after a lengthy email conversation (because I'm so fussy!) the design and dimensions were finalised and my little stamp was born :) As soon as it came through the door (which was the DAY after I ordered it!) I tried it out and it's better than I could have expected - no more writing my name!

I cannot stress enough how wonderful Nicky has been.  Her website is jam packed full of original stamp designs - I suggest you take a look :)  Here's a link to her personalised stamp service - definitely worth looking into if you need one making up!

Ok, I've calmed down again now!

Thanks for dropping in :)

Card:      Paper Mill Direct - White
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Big Day Additions
Ink:        WOW! Clear Embossing Pen; VersaColor - Black
Other:    WOW! Violet Pearl embossing powder; Crafty Ribbons - Ivory seam binding; Spellbinders -
              Butterflies Impressibilities; Snuggly Wool; pearls

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations Sian - another stunning card, and you've won the August Monochromatic Challenge over at WOW! Embossing Powders :)



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