Good morning! We have blue skies, warm sun, and a brand new challenge at Playing in Paradise!
Nina is hosting the challenge this week and she reminds us how much an embellishment can add to your card or layout. Some people like to embellish a little, some people like to embellish a lot. I fall into the latter category ... I like to add tons of embellishments. So because this is a challenge .... I challenged myself to only embellish "a little"! LOL it was SO HARD. I kept thinking, "oh that corner just needs a little something", or "if I put a touch of this here it would look so much better." I had to keep slapping my hands away from the embellies!
In the end, I let my stamped image take all the glory and just added some crinkled ribbon and distressing. Oh yeah, and a "wee" touch of lace.
I used a stamp by La Blanche called Blossoming Rose and coloured the image with a water brush and Distress Inks: Tattered Rose, Festive Berries, Mowed Lawn and Shabby Shutters. To shade around the flowers I used Shabby Shutters and Iced Spruce, then I edged them with Walnut ink. I love the La Blanche stamps and when I use them I always use their specialty paper (which just happens to be on sale right now). This paper has a beautiful coating on it; the ink just glides and blends perfectly, and you're left with a lovely lustre.
To further enhance the stamped image, I did an "enamel technique" on it. I went over each flower with an embossing pen and then sprinkled and melted a layer of UTEE on top. This next photo shows you the incredible gloss you get. It's very rich looking and pretty. If you don't have an embossing pen or UTEE, I think a similar effect could be achieved with Glossy Accents.
I stayed "simple" on the inside as well.
Now I KNOW you all have lots of embellishments in your craft rooms, so bring them out, and put them to work! Show us whether you like to embellish "A Little" or "A Lot"! The rules can be found here, and I promise you they are very simple.
After you're done checking out the rules, take a peek at the rest of the design team's creations - they are absolutely wonderful!
The prize to be won this week is: The Sweetest Thing stickers, brads, enamel dots, doilies and layered stickers. This awesome package is worth $25 and you get a chance to win it just by linking your project to the challenge!
Enjoy your crafting!
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