Thursday, October 30, 2008

Pumpkin Kind of Day

One last card to go with the theme of the day.
The paper from a paper pad by Crafty Secrets and is just so fitting.
The large orange brad is by Queen & Co and I added this cute spider brad into it. I just poked a hole with my Crop O Dile and added the brad into that hole.
The little pumpkin head doll piece is a Cotton Scraps accent by Crafty Secrets. It is fun to fray the edges of these and then I did some machine sewing around the edges.

Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)
Materials:Solid card stock
Patterned paper – Earthy book/Crafty Secrets/Heartwarming Vintage Collection
Cotton Scraps Halloween image – Crafty Secrets/Heartwarming Vintage Collection
Big brad and spider brad – Queen & Co.
Zig Zag scissors – Family Treasures
Letters for BOO – Thickers/American Crafts
Black Stickles - Ranger
Machine sewing

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Candy Corn and Spiders

I'm sure that October 31st has to be the most popular day of the year for "Candy buying" and "Candy eating"!!! Every kid looks forward to that. The following are a couple cards that feature Candy Corn, a symbol of Fall and Halloween!
For the above card, I used a card sketch on the Fiskars web site. You already know I love to work with sketches. I also LOVE this collection of papers by Heidi Grace.
The sticker letters for "boo" are covered with a clear glaze to help them stand out and I accented the punched out designs with some glitter.
This next card is an example of about the fastest kind of card to create. It is made up of some rectangles of a variety of patterned papers and a little stamped design. The edges of the patterned papers were sanded and after they were added to the front of the card, a couple lines of zig zag sewing were added for interest and dimension.
Here is a close up of my little spider web. The web and the spider are stamps, stamped with black ink and a little bit of glitter is added to both.
Thanks for visiting and may this weekend be FULL of candy for you! Linda (lbpost)
Materials list:
Patterned paper and sticker letters – Heidi Grace
Squeeze punch- Bling Bling/Fiskars
Pinking decorative scissors – Fiskars
Circle template
Clear Paper Glaze – Aleene’s®/Tulip
Machine sewing
Materials list:
Patterned paper - Paper Salon
Stamps - Paper Salon
Machine Sewing
Black ink

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

GOURMET issue from Papercrafts

I mentioned the other day that it is time - the Gourmet issue from Papercrafts Magazine is out and available for purchase. The cover alone makes me want to have the issue, NOW! Follow this link to a great sneak peek of some of the projects and recipes inside the book
Consider this as a great gift for your scrapping friends and your non scrapping friends. If you have friends or relatives that like to cook but they really don't get your attraction to scrapbooking, then this is the issue for them. It mixes the two and gives a wonderful example of what makes working with paper and glue so much fun.

The above Cheesy Drop biscuits by Alisa Bangerter is an example of one of the recipes in the book. Here is the recipe:
Cheesy Garlic Drop Biscuits
Alisa Bangerter
This is a perfect recipe to pull out if you are short on time because there is no rolling or cutting. The cheese and garlic add extra kick to a plain biscuit, and kids love them. They are the perfect accompaniment to serve with soups or stews, and are great served with a salad.
2 c. flour
2 tbsp. granulated sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 c. butter or margarine
1 1/2 c. grated cheddar cheese
1 1/4 c. milk
Chives (optional)
Mix together dry ingredients. Cut in butter with pastry cutter until mixture is fine. Add cheese and mix well. Add milk and stir until just moistened. Drop by spoonfuls onto greased baking sheet. Sprinkle top with chopped dried or fresh chives if desired. Bake at 400 degrees for approx. 15 minutes.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Creating Backgrounds - PART 8 - CUT OUTS

It is my turn to post to the Pursuit of CraftYness blog today so hop on over there to check out my card. Another card for October's Breast Cancer Awareness month.
And, I'll have more info on this later this week, but this is the week that Papercrafts GOURMET issue is being released and I want you to be sure to see it and GET ONE! This is the second time they have put together an issue where craft projects and yummy recipes are combined and I can tell you that I really think this is the most fun magazine to have in your hands. (and I have a few projects in here too)
Now to a background idea using my CPS sketch card for this week. This is sketch #88 and our sponsor this week was UNITY stamp company.
I could have pulled out a piece of patterned paper that had a branch/leaf design on it but I wanted my background paper to be more 3-D with texture so I stamped the branch stamp by Unity Stamp Company three times on white cardstock using a brown ink. I then cut out the branches and glued them to my brown dot paper by Bo Bunny Press. I was careful to not completely glue the leaves down so that I could bend them up for more dimension. I also decided a fun look would be to use brown thread and machine sew down each branch. Machine sewing always adds dimension.
I LOVE this flower!!! I stamped it with brown ink too but I embossed it with clear embossing powder just to add a richness to that and the leaf was done the same way with green ink. I also covered the green leaf with Glitter 3-D Fashion paint by Tulip. I love this stuff because it adds glitter and bling and it still lets the green of the stamp leaf show through.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)
Brown Cardstock – Core’dinations
Stamps courtesy of UNITY stamps – Grow set
Patterned paper – Brown Dot paper/Bo Bunny Press
Ancient Page stamp pads – Clearsnap
Clear embossing powder – Clearsnap
Glitter 3-D Fashion paint – Tulip
Machine sewing
Rhinestones – Me & My Big Ideas

Saturday, October 25, 2008

The SUNDAY TIMES - 10.26.2008 - The Lord Watches Over You

The LORD watches over you
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The LORD will keep you from all harm
he will watch over your life;
the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

(Psalms 121:6&7 The Message Bible)
I kind of had to laugh when I read the part about "watching over your coming and going" cause I come and go alot. But then I also realized the comfort that comes from just thinking about that. Does that mean that I have a magic charm and nothing bad will ever happen to me? No, we live in the real world. What it does say to me though, is that God really cares about my days and my nights and my coming and my going and He is watching over me, ready to help me in all situations.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)
(I took the photo when we were visiting in South Carolina)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

MWAH! Kisses

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and this little cutie is just perfect for that!
She is by Stamping Bella as well as that "holey" background and that cute greeting. Her name is Causabelle, isn't that CUTE!
You can see the details in this close-up. I let her have a white dress so that meant I didn't have to color that part in. I watercolored the ribbon and coated the gals dress with a clear glaze finish. The "hole" background has a slight watercolor look because I inked it with two different shades of ink and then spritzed that with water before stamping it.
Check out this group and their efforts to bring attention to this cause - The Pink Ribbon Tour. It is a pink covered firetruck and the fireman have PINK fireman's uniforms! Since my son is a fireman, this really caught my attention.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)
MWAH! (KISSES) aqua card
Stamps – Stamping Bella
Ribbon – May Arts
Scallop scissors
Machine Sewing
Liquid embossing liquid – All Night Media/Plaid
White dimensional paint – Tulip
Stamp pads – Vivid/Colorbox/Clearsnap and Ancient Page
Watercolor brush

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

CPS #87 and 2 Sketches 4 You

There is still time to vote at JustRite Stamps - the voting is open until tonight. If you haven't voted, maybe you still could!! I'd love it!
Now for the cards! The first on is my Card Positioning Sytems card for this week. Did I even tell you how much fun it is to work with Tami's sketches!?? LOVE that it takes me "out of my box" a little bit each week and I love how many of you guys play along with us.
Since I got started using Fiskars products, it just seemed right to use lots of Fiskars here with the Heidi Grace papers, Cloud 9 epoxy sticker and this lacey border punch.
A favorite thing that I love to do lately is find a pattern in a paper that I can cut out so that is what I did with the big flower - it is cut out and then added to the top of the square piece and I accented some of the petals with the Glaze finish.

Here is a little close up of the border punch and how I used it to also accent the epoxy phrase. I mounted the epoxy sticker on yellow paper so that is what you see behind the sticker and then did a top and bottom border of the same punch.
And, of course, I had to try my hand at a 2 Sketches 4 You sketch this week too, Laura's sketch #11. I LOVE to use sketches, I love their sketches. I took a few liberties with the sketch this week. What I so love about sketches is that they are to be springboards to inspiration. You can follow them to the last detail or you can just use something that YOU SEE.
Owls are so all the rage and it was fun how these different products just seemed to go together like they were a set. I used Tulips Glitter Dimensional paint to accent the leaves.

Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Patterned paper – Harvest Flower/Heidi Grace Designs/Fiskars (both sides)
Epoxy quote stickers – Cloud 9/Fiskars
Gloss Accents – Ranger
Lace border punch – Fiskars
Machine sewing
Self adhesive pearls – Mark Richards, Inc.

Materials list:
Solid Cardstock – Core’dinations
Patterned paper – We R Memory Keepers and Cosmo Cricket
Owl sticker – Reminisce
Epoxy word greeting – Cloud 9
Machine sewing
Glitter Fabric Dimensional Paint – Tulip

Monday, October 20, 2008

Creating Backgrounds - PART 7 - PAINT

FIRST OF ALL - will you vote? I entered a contest and the last phase to decide the winners is a vote of the craftying community. Can you take a minute to go look at the great projects and cast a vote? Thanks!!!
JustRite Self-Inking stamps contest

For a creative and fun background, I am using stamping and paint. What makes this a fun technique is you can custom color a piece of paper and I love the feel and texture that paint adds to paper. This just provides a little different look to the finished card. #1. I again started with a plain piece of white cardstock. That was stamped with a "dot" background stamp. I know I have used this before but I really love this thing! It is just so versatile. Mine is from Stamp Camp and I know that Cornish Heritage Farms has one that is very similar. Mine is an unmounted rubber stamp that I use with an acrylic block. I stamped it with the black ColorBox stamp pad and then embossed it with black embossing powder.
(The reason I embossed my image is that I wanted the dots to really stand out against the next step and the embossing will resist the paint.)
#2. Next, the red paint was brushed across the stamped and embossed dots. This is fast and simple. I went outside of the lines of my image too because I am going to cut it to size to use it.
#3. Once the entire surface is painted, you should only wait a few minutes before you start rubbing the paint off of the embossed design. I just take a soft cloth or a Kleenex and gently rub it off. The paint might even still be slightly wet in some areas. You might need to use some added pressure to completely buff the paint off of each dot. Here is the finished project.
You might be wondering what my accent flower creation is! I have a friend who shared some really cool flower pieces cut from an old dictionary! (If you take a look at her blog you will tons of amazing examples of using these cut flowers) I did paint the largest, bottom flower with Sparkle, Mod Podge but that is a little hard to see in the photo. I knew that would slightly stiffen that layer and add some bling.
You can see the layers a little better in this photo. I inserted punched out red cardstock circles between the dictionary flower layers to add some stability and it also helps define the layers of flowers.

Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)


Materials list:
Solid Cardstock
Dot stamp – Stamp Camp
ColorBox Black stamp pad and Top Boss embossing powder – Clearsnap
Red paint – Making Memories
Circle punches – McGill
Word stickers – Sticko
Button and cut flowers

Saturday, October 18, 2008

The SUNDAY TIMES - 10.19.2008 - Peace versus Worry

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like
sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot,
Thou has taught me to say,
It is well,
it is well,
with my soul.
(Horatio Gates Spafford wrote this song in 1873)
This song was written so long ago, yet it applies to today. I love that. I was raised in the church and this was just a song we sang.
I understand now, how much my connection with God as my Father does give me a settledness in the things that come in my life. I have found a peace that gives me strength, even when the wind blows or I don't have the best day!
Phillipians 4:7 says
Instead of worrying, pray.
Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers,
letting God know your concerns.
Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness,
everything coming together for good,
will come and settle you down.
It's wonderful what happens when Christ
displaces worry at the center of your life.
(The Message Bible)
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)
(I took the photo in Bellevue, WA)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Sweets for Sweetest Day

October 19th is Sweetest Day. Now does that mean "sweet" like you are sweet or "sweet" as in candy and sugar!? I'm going to take it as meaning candy and sugar and so I'm going to share a card with "sweet stuff" on it.

I used a stamp that I received from Laura Fulcher when she had an Impression Obsession give away on her blog. (Thanks Laura and Impression Obsession)I stamped the cluster of three carmel apples on black paper and embossed it with black. I then "colored" the images with Clorox bleach. The bleach "took out" the color of the black paper. I have an empty waterbrush. I put a very small amount of bleach in a glass bowl and dip the waterbrush into the bleach to pick it up and then I literally "paint" the inside of the image. It doesn't take much and you have to remember that bleach doesn't keep it's potency very long when exposed to the air.
Do you see the neat glimmer of green? That is Glimmer Mist in Key Lime Pie. On the black paper it really shows off the metallic look. I cut a "mask" for my apples and sprayed the paper.
(A mask was created by simply stamping the image on a scrap piece of paper and cutting that out. Paper the weight of printer or copying paper is the best for this. That cut out piece was then laid over my bleached out apples and it protected them from the spray while allowing the spray to go on the black paper.)
For my little matching tag, I "colored" a piece of black paper with the Clorox after I had stamped and embossed the matching greeting that came with the carmel apple set. This gave me the perfect match in the color of my paper for the tag.


IMPORTANT INFO!!!! Visit my DD's blog - she took some super cool pics of my granddaughter over the weekend and they are "must see". Leave a comment too so she can see how much you love her stuff!!!

Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Materials list:
Pink Paislee patterned paper
Candy Apple and verse stamps – Impression Obsession
Black stamp and embossing powder - Clearsnap
Clorox bleach
Green Glimmer Mist
Circle punch – McGill
Tonic Paper distresser

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

CPS #86, 2S4U and a funny pic!

It's that day again, time to show you my Card Positioning Systems card for this week and a card that I created using the 2 Sketches 4 You sketch using the supplies from the I Am A Scrapaholic's October kit plus a funny photo we took on a trip.
This weeks sponsor was Kandi Corp. You might ask what is that? I would say it is a pretty fun tool that it would pay to look into if you aren't acquainted with it. A brief description is it is a heat tool designed to attach their crystals or metal embellishments. Their decorative pieces come with a glue backing that melts when using the heat tool. It is fast, it is easy to use and while I have used the metal embellishments on paper, the beauty of this tool is it works so well on unusal surfaces like ribbon.
I used a decorative flourish that was cut with a Cuttlebug die and this provided just the perfect places to attach the metal pieces and a few orange crystals.
For the above card, I used Kazan's sketch #11 at 2 Sketches 4 You and my supplies from the I Am A Scrapaholic's October kit. The papers are from g.c.d. designs and they are wonderful! The beauty of using papers from one collection of papers is how well they go together. For my card, I used both sides of the papers because the backsides are great solid prints.
My chipboard piece was painted with a green Crackle paint. I love the look that you get with this paint.
And, I thought I would share a funny with you. There is a road we drive down in Oregon or Idaho, I forget exactly which one. We came across this road sign and just had to stop and take a picture and believe me, we wanted to drive down that road and find the house that just might have that good, old fashioned, chicken dinner ready!!!

Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)


Materials: Metal embellishments and Crystals courtesy of Kandi Corp

Cardstock - Prism

Die cut flourish – Cuttlebug/Provo Craft

Scallop square punch and square punches – McGill

Thanks stamp – Kim Hughes/Cornish Heritage Farms


Materials list:
Solid Cardstock - Prism
Patterned paper – Changing colors, Cider stripes and Harvest Dots/Loverly Collection/g.c.d. studios (the reverse side of some of the prints)
Chipboard Flourish - Bazzill
Scallop circle punch – Marvy
Green Crackle paint – Ranger
Rhinestones – Michaels
Rub-on greeting – Making Memories
Tonic Paper DistresserMachine sewing

Monday, October 13, 2008

Creating Backgrounds PART 6 - Collage

I love a collage look. Some stamp companies offer stamps that are a collage of images on the one stamp and I love those, but I also like to create my own collages. The background I am going to share with you today is really an extremely simple one, it is just an assortment of six images and an assortment of fall colors.
#1. In the above photo, you can see that I started with a plain piece of white cardstock again. The first step was to ink the damask image with black ColorBox ink and then it was stamped on the white paper. It was embossed with black embossing powder. The ink in the ColorBox pads is a pigment ink and what that mostly means is that it is an ink that stays wet longer allowing time to pour on the embossing powder, etc. I embossed it because that will make the image a little stronger in color and it will allow it to resist the other supplies that I am going to use on it.
#2. For the next step, I took my "dot" stamp and inked that with the Ancient Page red stamp pad (in the above example I used black ink for the dot image but that was so that it would show up well in the photo so you could easily see what was done). It was stamped so that it would cover the piece of paper, stamping it right over the embossed image. I needed to ink it and stamp that stamp twice to cover the paper. A different kind of ink was used for this stamp because it needed to dry a little faster then the ColorBox ink.
#3. Here is where my favorite sprays came into play again. First of all, the paper and images were given a light coat of the yellow spray, taking care to not completely cover the paper. Next came the red spray, again not covering the paper completely with the red. This gives a nice mix of the yellow and the red.
#4. For the finishing touches, you can see three different stamps that were stamped in a rust colored ink. These are very subtle images, just giving the slight feeling of writing and postmarks. Buttons were sewn on and two lines of zig zag machine sewing provided fun accents along with the big rub-on "B".
You can see where there is a little more red color around the edges of the black damask image. Because this image was embossed, it resisted the inks and sprays. I left this piece so that these would dry but they didn't completely dry and so I took a soft cloth and rubbed the black image dry and that smeared the red ink a little bit.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)
Materials list:
Cardstock – Prism
Dot stamp – Stamp Camp
Damask stamp – Inkadinkado
Postage cancellation stamp – Stampington
Writing stamp – Crafty Secrets
Love and Kisses stamp – RubberStampede
Postmark stamp – Stampington & Co.
Stamp pads – Ancient Page/Clearsnap
Black embossing powder – Top Boss/Clearsnap
Black Colorbox pad – Clearsnap
Yellow and red spray color – Memories Mists
Rub-on letter – Autumn Leaves

Saturday, October 11, 2008

The SUNDAY TIMES - 10.13.2008 - In Awe of God

It's Your kindness Lord
That leads us to repentance
Your favor Lord, is our desire
It's Your beauty Lord
That makes us stand in silence
Your loveYour love
Is better than life
(This is a portion of Chris Tomlin's song, Kindness.)

There aren't many words here but wow, what they say. I love songs that put what my heart feels into words. I do desire His favor. How many times do I stop with no words to say as I contemplate His beauty, as I contemplate His Love, as I contemplate what He has done for me and how much He loves me?

Thank you!

Everything in me says "Thank you!"

Angels listen as I sing my thanks.

I kneel in worship facing your holy temple and say it again:

"Thank you!"

Thank you for your love,

thank you for your faithfulness;

Most holy is your name,

most holy is your Word.

The moment I called out,

you stepped in;

you made my life large with strength.

Psalms 138:1-3 (The Message Bible)

Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

I took the photo in my own backyard today. I wanted to show that we do have fall here in Southern California!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

CPS#85 and a Card and some CUTE pics

For Card Positioning Systems blog this week, we again had a sponsor. This time it was Artistic Outpost stamps. Can I say the set I picked was just plain FUN! The theme as you can see from my resulting card is Route 66 and that makes these the best for creating a masculine theme card, among other things. Be sure to check out the cards the rest of the team made and check out the other stamps that Artistic Outpost offers.
I embossed the bike with black ink and black embossing powder just so that the image would be a little stronger. I stamped the "Route 66" stamp and then "colored" that in with a spray or two of my Memories Mists spray.
I wanted my background to be a little different and unique so I used my brayer. I inked it with a Distress Ink pad and spritzed it with water before I ran it across my plain white cardstock. After I stamped the motorcyle, I stamped the map stamp repeatedly over the entire piece with a brown ink.
And, I picked the Bonus sketch at 2 Sketches 4 You for this week to create the card above. I LOVE this sketch! Most of my elements to the card are stamped.
The flourish is stamped and then accented with black Stickles. The butterflies are stamped and embossed with a NEW yellow embossing powder from Clearsnap.
AND how does it get ANY CUTER!!!!!
These are our two youngest grandkids. Riley was just so excited when he learned that his new cousin was a boy and can you just see how excited they are to be able to spend time together. It will be no time whatsoever when they are running around the yard together.

Thank You for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Materials: Route 66 - Stamps courtesy of Artistic Outpost
Patterned paper – Basic Grey
Black ColorBox stamp pad – Clearsnap
Black embossing powder – Top Boss/Clearsnap
Tie Dye Distress Ink – Ranger
Yellow Memories Mists/Stewart Superior

Materials list:
Cardstock – Prism
Patterned paper – My Mind’s Eye and October Afternoon
Martha Stewart border punch
Cuttlebug vine die
Rhinestones – Michaels
Flourish and stitched circle stamp – Autumn Leaves
Abc stamp – Stampin’ Up
Butterfly stamp – Inkadinkado
Black Stickles
Yellow embossing powder and ColorBox stamp pads - Clearsnap

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

More Cards for World Card Making Day

I know the official day has passed but I had a couple cards featured on other blogs for the celebration and I thought it would be fun to show them to you here.
The above card won a contest by Prism and they used it on the PaperCrafts Magazine WCMD web site. I love to use just squares of papers on a card and they colors go together so magically! The owl is an Inkadinkado stamp. I embossed it and cut it out.
This card was created for Scrapbooks & Cards Today's blog. They asked some designers for special cards with kids in mind and so it was fun to use this new chipboard dinosaur that I had by BasicGrey and did these Bo Bunny Press dot papers every work perfectly to create my "hilly" background.
I hand cut my little leaves and accented them with rub-on stitches and Copper Stickles dots.

Materials: Cardstock - Prism
Owl stamp – Inkadinkado
Ancient Page stamp pad - Clearsnap
Fluid Chalk stamp pads – ClearsnapClear
Paper Glaze – Aleene’s®/Tulip
Leaf punch – Punch Bunch
Materials: Cardstock-Core’dinations,
Patterned Paper-Bo Bunny, Chipboard-BasicGrey,
Rub-ons-We R Memory Keepers and Making Memories

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Creating Backgrounds PART 5 - Emerging Color & "give away" winners

First order of business today is to announce the
winners of my little "give away"!!!
Congrats to:
Kimberly A. & Cassie
I have emailed each of you and thank you so much to all of you amazing gals who played along. It was sooooo hard to just not pick everyone!

The background technique I wanted to share with your today is called "emerging color". I don't think I had really paid any attention to this until I found it on Ashley Bowen's blog, Ashley's Creative Corner. Her example is just stunning and I knew right away that I had to figure out what she did. She points crafters to a tutorial at SplitCoast Stampers, so that is where I got my information of what to do. I wanted to break down the steps I took to create my card because this kind of a technique is better understood with pictures.
The biggest trick to this technique is trying to figure out what stamps to use to make it work. You need at least two stamps that are going to somehow coordinate and one of them needs to have a rather large, flat surface. So, you need a stamp or stamps to create your background with small stamps and then you need another stamp that can be stamped over the small, background images.
#1. I stamped my branch stamp by inking it with the Marvy stamp pad and I spritzed that each time with the fine mist of water so that my stamped image had a watercolor look. The watercolor effect was just the look I wanted, not something that would be required.
#2. I inked my solid pear stamp with the Watermark stamp pad and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I pretty much filled up my paper with the yellow, branch stamp that way wherever I stamped my pear, there would be plenty of leaves underneath it. I decided on where I would want my pear to be on my paper and stamped it once.
( If you look real close, you can see the clear, embossed pear in the above image. This has to be done with the clear ink and embossing powder because you want the underneath images to show through in the end.)
#3. Now I took my red stamp pad and rubbed it directly across my stamped paper and across my clear, embossed pear. You can see where the term "emerging" comes from as the clear pear and the underneath stamped leaves instantly are revealed. There would be other ways to apply the stamp pad ink, I rubbed the pad directly to my paper until it was colored with a solid coat of the red ink.
#4. After you have completely colored the paper with your color, take a soft cloth or Kleenex and whip the ink off of the clear, embossed image. If effect, you are polishing it.

I added a few other stamped images to my finished card.
This close up gives you an idea of how dramatic the finished work is.
Thank you for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Materials list:
Cardstock – Prism
Broad leaf stamp – Paper Source
Solid pear stamp – Stamp in the Hand
Flourish stamp – Crafty Secrets
Border punch – Martha Stewart
Watermark stamp pad and clear embossing powder – Clearsnap

Ancient Page stamp pad in Henna - Clearsnap
Brilliant Yellow stamp pad – Marvy