Sunday, 15 November 2015

Crazy Crafters Blog Hop November 2015 - My Most Used Stamp Set

 

Welcome to the Crazy Crafters Blog Hop for November. This month we are showcasing our most used stamp set! We hope you like our choices and find great inspiration from the projects.

You may just be starting the blog hop here at my blog - Stephanie Fischer, The Crafty Thinker - or you may have come from the person before me in the list. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you to move along from blog to blog so that you see all of the projects.

My most used stamp set would have to be Lovely As A Tree!  It was my first stamp set purchase and remains one of my all-time favourites!  It really gets a work-out because it's just so versatile - it's equally suitable for Christmas cards, birthday cards (masculine or feminine), sympathy cards ... pretty much everything really and it also lends itself very well to many different techniques and so it can look very different, depending on the techniques and/or colours you use.
SU, Heat Embossing, Christmas Card, hand made
Lovely as a tree painted with embossing powders. Greeting from Six Sayings

I created these cards by "painting" with embossing powders - and a lot of fun it was too!  First I stamped the image with Versamark and then I very carefully sprinkled small amounts of three different embossing powders roughly where I thought I'd like them.  I tipped the card down to remove the excess powder and so the tops of the trees remained very white and little bit of "snow" fell onto the ground too. Then I tapped off any excess and used the heat tool. 

For a great tutorial on the technique see Sandi McIver's PDF here.

In this one, I used black, gold and white on Sahara Sand cardstock which I layered with Elegant Eggplant and Gold Foil cardstock.


I wanted the tree trunks and bases of the trees to be darker and the tops of the trees to be lighter and so I concentrated my embossing powders accordingly.

SU, Heat Embossing, Christmas Card, hand made
For this card, I used black, silver and white embossing powders on smoky slate cardstock (layered with black, Basic Grey and Silver Foil cardstock). 
  
SU, Heat Embossing, Christmas Card, hand made
Another version in gold
 

SU, Heat Embossing, Christmas Card, hand made











One of the joys (and sometimes frustrations!) of this technique is that it looks different every time!  Here are a couple of other cards to show you what I mean.

I hope you've enjoyed these cards and I welcome your comments. 

Thanks for taking part in our blog hop. Remember that currently you are at my blog - Stephanie Fischer - so check the blog hop line up list to see who is next in the list and click on their name as you don't want to miss out on seeing any of the blogs and the amazing inspiration they contain.



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22 comments:

  1. Great stamp set isn't it, it is my fav. too love your card. Angexx

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  2. Wow - using different embossing powders gives such an amazing effect!

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  3. Lovely cards! I love embossing, and I love that stamp set too! x

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  4. Great work Steph.....lovely cards

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    1. Thank you, Vicki. I really appreciate your comment.

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  5. Love these cards! The silver one in particular is just stunning.

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    1. Thanks, Rosalie, for your kind comment. That's my favourite one too!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa. I thought this stamp set might appear several times - it's such a beautiful and versatile set!

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  7. Love the snow on the trees - too cute!

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  8. Lovely!!! They're all beautiful cards

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    1. Thank you, Carolina - I really do value your opinion.

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  9. What a gorgeous use of Lovely As A Tree, Stephanie. I understand why it's your most-used and need to pull my set out. Love these images and what you made with them.

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    1. Thank you, Brian. It's a stamp set for all occasions and many techniques! Thank you for your kind comment, I really appreciate it.

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  10. What beautiful winter trees you have created! I quite like that each one comes out different! They are all so pretty

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer. I think my frustration comes from my desire to control the outcome! I have to learn to relax and go with the flow!!

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