Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Cooking With Cricut Challenge: Emboss It! & Hop Winners

Our challenge this week at Cooking With Cricut was to use any type of embossing technique or tools. i.e. folders, plates, wet, dry, faux, etc. Well I have to tell you, this is right up my alley!  Before I became addicted to my Cricut I was a rubber stamper.  I have drawers and drawers of stamps, ink pads, embossing powders and other stamping tools that have been begging to be let out of their cabinet to play. 

One of my favorite ways to use rubber stamps is in what I call collage cards.  Start with your card base or a mat cut to go on your base.  Use your stamp pad to brush on some subtle color or colors, layer on some rubber stamp images and/or sayings, and then add a layer of ephemera -- photos, old postage stamps, or whatever else your heart desires. 

So you might say I've returned to my "roots" -- this project is not what you've come to expect from me at all.  There is no Create-A-Critter cuts (gasp!), no Pooh, no Mickey, no cutesy stuff anywhere!  I had forgotten how much I loved doing this type of art!  So without further delay . . . my project:

The card base is 8 1/2" wide by 5 1/2" tall and is a sage green.  The mat started its life as an ivory piece of card stock and using the direct to paper technique I brushed it lightly with a russet brown stamp pad.  Using that same stamp pad I then stippled on more color with a stipple brush until I achieved the antique look I was going for. 

I stamped a floral stamp and the Virginia Woolf quote stamp with a sage green stamp pad.  Both of these stamps are from PSX (Personal Stamp Exchange). 

The photo is one of my grandfather and his three sister that I scanned and then printed on my home printer.  This is one of my favorite pictures!  It was taken in 1907 -- he was about 6 years old.  I added a faux postage stamp, a scanned image of an envelope, a rubber stamped faux postage mark, a piece of a crocheted doily, and a dried rosebud tied with  ribbon.   The corners are punched using a Fiskars corner punch I've had for forever.

My Cricut cut for this project is the fountain pen.  It was cut from the Wedding Solutions cartridge -- the original cut has a feather on the end of the pen which I snipped off.  Using a VersaMark ink pad, I coated the end of the pen nib, covered it with detail gold embossing powder and heated.  On the barrel of the pen, I used a stamp made by Inkadinkadoo and randomly stamped the image using the VersaMark Ink pad; then embossed using the same gold powder. 

Once that was cool, I took a black ColorBox ink pad and rubbed it all over the barrel of the pen until I achieved the dark color I wanted.  Then I took a tissue and rubbed the black ink off of the embossed images until my gold embossing was shiny again.  I really have to say, I love the way this card turned out.  The vintage/antique look I was going for turned out exactly how I envisioned it -- I love it when that happens!

Thank you to everyone who played along with the Cooking With Cricut Sweet Shop Blog Hop this past weekend!  I hope you had a great time -- I know the Design Team had a blast.  And for all my new followers . . . I hope you'll stick around and leave a comment with your blog address.  I'd love to come for a visit!

And now . . . . the moment you've all been waiting for . . . . the Blog Hop WINNERS, as selected by, are:

Day 1:  Winner of the Cutting File from Melin at is . . .

# 32 - Linda!  Linda said . . . The kids will love their valentines, I sure do! 

~ and ~

Day 2:  Winner of the five (5) Inkadinkadoo Clear Mini-Stamp sets is . . .

# 7 - Teresa!  Teresa said . . . All of these are adorable. I am a new follower. Thanks for the inspiration.

Congratulations, Ladies!  I will be e-mailing you shortly to get your information.

Don't forget to cruise on over to Cooking With Cricut and check out what my fellow Chefs have created for our embossing challenge!

~ Jen


Summer said...

amazing card, love all the vintage detail.

Maria Elena said...

What a great card Jennifer !! Love that technique you used and congratulations to your winners (I have to do mine today!)

Thanks for sharing this week at CWC ;-)
Maria Elena ~ CWC Design Team

craftaholic said...

Hi Jennifer! I would be honored to be part of a very important and very fun hop, But I have no clue as to how to set my page up? Is it easier than I am Thinking? I would have no problem with the projects...Love creating mickey themed creations! If you can help me with my page set up I am In!!! Thanks for asking me!!! It makes me happy!!!

ilovetonkinese2 at hotmail dot com

Jean said...

This is so cute!!

Charlotte said...

Jennifer, Hey there! I'm glad you dropped by my blog for a visit. I must say that I had to laugh when I read your comment about my Role Tide. So I checked your profile to see where you were from. Hey, when I saw it, that explained everything. You must be a Gator fan. Well that is fine with me because I love the SEC. Best and toughest conference around.

Now, about your card. I LOVE IT. And thanks for explaining your process for making it. It helps folks like me to learn something new. The photo of your grandfather and his sisters is precious! What a treasure. Beautiful work! The fountain pen is fabulous!! And Jennifer, drop by my blog anytime, why being from FL makes you my next door neighbor.

Charlotte said...

Hey again!!! Well, forgive me for thinking that you were a FL Gator. Though I am a Big Bama fan, I didn't go to school there. I went to Lipscomb in Nashville and got my MA at UAB.

I had much rather you be part of the Auburn family. Why so many of my friends are. Congrats on the National Championship! Well deserved. Hey and I am so sorry for what that NUTCASE did to the Toomers Corner trees. That is so sad and everybody around here, both AU and U of A are upset about it. I guess he didn't think about the fact that he will be wearing orange for a while now. I haven't seen any prison uniforms in crimson.LOL Don't you just love Fairhope. It is my favorite place in Alabama. And since you got Alabama blood in you, I'm gonna be following you!!

Glenda said...

Jennifer, this is gorgeous! I love all the vintage details and the pretty pen. Thanks for the explanation as I have never tried anything like this. Your family photo is such a treasure!

Liz said...

This card is beautiful! Sometimes when we get back to our roots we forget why we left. Thank you so much for posting on my blog I def am a follower now!!

Faith-Abigail Designs said...

This is so beautiful! I had a lot of fun with this challenge.

Cindylu2u said...

Jen this is fantastic!! I have something for you on my blog!!