Monday, September 2, 2013

Sketch Frenzy Friday and a Fall Theme

Happy Labor Day Holiday to those in the United States!  I am seeing signs of fall here in Connecticut, including many changed leaves, which inspired me to do two challenges yesterday, The Paper Players Fall Theme, and Sketch Frenzy Fridays sketch for August 30.

(sorry, I am having a tough time embedding my links lately!)

Yesterday was a bit wet, and seeing the fallen leaves glossy inspired me to do the Polished Stone technique with a twist of clear embossing. This is a fun technique (aren't they all?) with amazing results!  
  • I followed the tutorial over at Splitcoast Stampers, adding the twist of first clear embossing the Magnificent Maple image on glossy cardstock.
  • I added some drops of Champagne Mist shimmer paint (now retired) to the glossy cardstock, just in a few random spots.
  • On the cotton ball I soaked with Rubbing Alcohol, I added drops of the following:
    • Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry and Pear Pizazz
  • As I dabbed the cotton ball over the cardstock, the embossed leaves gradually appeared.  To help the images emerge, I dabbed them with a clean cotton ball when I was finished.
  • After it dried, which did not take more than several minutes, I clear embossed the entire piece of glossy cardstock with clear embossing powder.
  • As I looked at the finished piece, the colors of Crushed Curry ad Melon Mambo seems to be more prevalent, so I used those to complete the card.

Pretty bright card!  But that is the best part of fall for me, the bright, vibrant colors.

Hope all is well and remember to enjoy the moment!

~ Lauri

stamps:  Magnificent Maple, Harvest of Thanks
cardstock:  Glossy White, Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry
inks:  Versamark, Melon Mambo,  Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry and Pear Pizazz
other:  Clear Embossing Powder, Banners Framelits, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Crushed Curry Chevron Ribbon, Champagne Mist shimmer paint, cotton balls, rubbing alcohol
challenges:  PP161, SFF083013


  1. Fabulous card, Lauri! I love the colors and the technique you used. I may have to give this a try very soon. Thanks for the links!

  2. Thanks, Christy! I think I used that technique last fall too..something about the autumn colors!

  3. You used this technique beautifully! Love the bright colors and the embossed leaf image! Gorgeous!! Thanks for joining us at Sketch Frenzy Friday!

  4. Just gorgeous....that leaf image is so pretty, especially with these colors making up the Polished Stone! Lovely! Thanks for sharing it with us at the Paper Players this week!

  5. Oh, this is beautiful!! Thanks for reminding us of this beautiful technique--I'm going to try it!!! Thanks for joining us at SFF this week!

  6. This is amazing! Love the background. I'm going to learn this technique to teach my Stamp Club. Beautiful job.

  7. Gorgeous, Lauri!! The colors are so rich and perfect for fall. Thank you so much for joining us this week at the Paper Players! :)


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