Monday, September 14, 2015


The snowman in the second group I have wanted to make since I first saw it on Pinterest some time ago.  I knew one day I would make it once I purchased the series of circle dies.  What a cute idea and the gals seemed to enjoy making it.  

The gals also have made the cards which I recently have posted individually for TWO PAPER DIVAS.  

Probably the Chubby Chums in the two cards in the first grouping are some of my favorite stamps with dies which I have purchased in a while.  

See you next time!!!  Going to be really busy for a couple of weeks!!!      Will be back to tell you why ...

Saturday, September 5, 2015

TWO PAPER DIVAS DESIGN TEAM CARD - Finger painted Pumpkins

I recently saw a precious pumpkin card that my favorite online person, Julie Ebersole,  had created and I just had to make my version.  These pumpkins are actually finger painted which I saw Jennifer McGuire do on a current card.  So, using these techniques from these two fabulous ladies ..... here is my concept using TWO PAPER DIVAS STAMPS.

I used a sheet of the Distress Watercolor Cardstock on the more textured side and taped down (using Post It tape) the tiny star stencil.  I really could have used any 110 lb white cardstock but I wanted this texture in the background.  Then using a palette knife I spread on the Wendy Vecchi Black Embossing Paste by Dreamweaver in a very thin coat (so it would dry quicker).  I did not want to heat set it because the heat can change the look of the paste.....air drying is better!  By the time I finished the pumpkins, the stars were dry because of the thin coat.  If you are using a larger star version, it definitely would take longer.  Once dry, I cut down the cardstock to 4" x 5-1/4".  I added the Washi Tape and the cute Trick or Treat Ribbon (use score tape on the ribbon) and wrapped them to the back of the Distress Cardstock.

So, as I said above, while the stars were drying, I took some Gina K. Designs 120 lb. Heavy base weight pure white cardstock, it is really smooth,  I stamped all three - TPD two pumpkins & one leaf, with Versafine Black Pigment Ink.  While it is still wet, I sprinkled Simon Says Stamp Fine Detail "Clear" Embossing Powder on these three and heatset.  The Clear adds such a glistening in person.  Once dry and set up ....... then the fun begins!!!  I worked on my craft sheet and taking my right index finger , opposite my fingernail - not my tip, rubbed over these beautiful Avery Elle Pigment Inks (Mimosa, Fizz, & Papaya) on the pumpkins.  One color at a time and wiping off my finger in between the colors. Then I did the same with the Greens (Lemon Grass & Celery) on the stems and also on the leaf but this time I used a Q-Tip to apply.  Do this fairly quickly and then add the Clear Embossing Powder and heat set it.   Because I applied the lightest color (Mimosa) on the pumpkins first, what occurred is the Clear Embossing Powder stuck more to the darker section of the pumpkins and it just came out perfectly.  I am not sure if you really can see in the picture but the card is stunning with this look on the pumpkins.  As long as you have color behind the Clean Emb. Powder, the result is the best!!

Before adding the pumpkins and the leaf to the stars, I cut slightly smaller than the Distress Cardstock a piece of White Foam Sheet and applied it to the back of the Distress Cardstock.  This works perfectly to overall add the dimension to the card.  I fussy cut the pumpkins and the leaf and popped them up on the card but before I nestled some Sulky Gold Metallic Thread behind the pumpkins.  I purchased the Thread in the sewing section of Jo Ann's.

Lots of Texture and a pretty sweet card thanks to the talents and creativeness of Julie Ebersole and Jennifer McGuire and of course ME and combining their looks.  Thanks Ladies!!!

TWO PAPER DIVAS Stamp Set:   "Fall is in the Air