Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A little Garden Bling!

Good morning! Yesterday I worked on a new project that I am so excited to share with you. I have Laura Haffke to thank for the wonderful idea that she shared with us on Stampin' Connections but for the butterflies I decided to do a little extra something to them and I love the results. Now there are colored metal sheets available but I am a Stampin'UP! Girl I would rather use something that we sell or change it up to use something we have. With that being said I did get the metal sheets from a local home improvement store as Stampin'Up! doesn't sell them. Hmm make in the new catalog. I used the Elegant Lines, Vintage Wallpaper, Elegant Bouquet, Perfect Polka Dots, and Flower Garden Textured Impressions Folders to add the embossed designs on the metal before cutting each shape. For the shapes I used the Beautiful Butterflies, Scallop Circle, Framed Oval Scallop, and the Scallop Square Bigz Dies with the Big Shot. Now for the fun part. In our recent Stampin' Success Magazine there was a Vintage Brad that had been heat embossed with Black Embossing Powder and I have done that with smaller brads before to get the color I wanted so I decided to try and heat emboss the butterflies so they would be colorful. I used Versamark and Heat & Stick Powder to the first butterfly before I added the Fine Cosmo Orchid Glitter to it. After it was Heat Set this butterfly was ready.

The next butterfly was made by using the a Rose Red Craft Spot and inking up the butterfly then adding Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder and heating to set. This butterfly has a lot of shimmer too.

The Aqua butterfly was also done with Heat & Stick Powder but this time I used the Fine Supernova Aqua Glitter.

The final butterfly was actually the first one I did and for it I used Versamark and the new Melon Mambo Embossing Powder that is in the new Summer Mini. All the butterflies were attached with Clear Rhinestone Brads and the holes were punched in them with the Crop-a-dile. To write on this for your Garden you can use a permanent marker or you can use Stazon ink. There is a little of the Melon Mambo Embossing Powder in the flowers of the Scallop Circle I was trying another technique but didn't care for the first results but did line the touch of color. This are so fun to make and I am all ready thinking of other Big Shot dies I can use to make more. Now I just need to find stakes for them and they are ready for the garden. Would you like to learn how to make this yourself? Let me know and we can set up a time to meet. I am off to do more stamping. Today's focus is cards. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day, Tonya


Anonymous said...

Hi Tonya,

I like your versions of the garden stakes - I have been trying these myself & have been trying to find a way to keep the embossing to just a portion of the metal surface - should I be using a shim or is there another technique to this?

Thank you,

Tonya said...

Sharon, Thank you for your comment. The embossing folders that I used on these garden stakes did not emboss the entire area of the card or in this case the metal. If you do not have any of this type then let me recommend the Flower Garden Folder, the Elegant Lines Folder, Elegant Bouquet Folder and the Manhattan Flower Folder. Also if you cut out your metal first then emboss you can use as little of the folder as you want in the area you want embossed. I hope this helps you.