13 August 2011

Stampendous Saturday: Encrusted Jewels

It's Stampendous Saturday again, and today I have such a fun project to show you!!  The fabulous crew over at Stampendous recently released yet another amazing video (it is embedded at the bottom of this post, to make it easy to watch); as soon as I saw it I knew I had to try it!  The ever-fabby Fran demonstrates how to do a technique she has named the "Encrusted Jewel Technique".  My 5 year-old daughter and I actually both made a card - we had a fabulous crafty day together.  :)

Rather than walk you through the steps, I'll outline the basics in this post, and then I encourage you to watch the video below. Fran is a wonderful teacher, and it really does help to see what she is doing (it isn't hard, it's just easier to visualize!)

On my card, pictured above, I adhered the fused pearls to my patterned paper using a strip of Glue Arts ribbon adhesive.  To cover up the adhesive that you could still see under the pearls, I dumped Crystal Glitter all over it and tapped off the excess.  There are two stick pins (the cheapy ones, like you'd use to pin on a boutonni√®re) behind the little flower, peeking out on the right side.  I hand-cut my sentiment, which is embossed with silver powder.  Other than those details, I basically followed the steps Fran outlines in the video!

My daughter watched the video with more attention than she gives to a Saturday morning episode of The Avengers (one of her fav shows). Seriously - she was riveted.  She followed the steps to the letter....I let her do it all herself, with the exception of actually using the heat gun.  I am SO proud of her card, and so is she!!!  She even patiently rolled her corners so it would look like mine.  She spent what felt like forever picking out card stock and patterned paper, and then combed through my stash of Class A'Peel stickers for yet another eternity. She ended up choosing Snowflakes, Super Swirls, and Snowflake Sparklers.

We started by stamping our main image, the snowman from the Merry Snowman set, using Versamark ink. We both embossed him using Blue Magic Tinsel Embossing Powder - it's ep with glitter mixed in, so it really sparkles!  I could not find my Versamark pen anywhere, so we opted to use a glue pen to add glitter to the stars on his wand and hat, as well as the frilly collar.

My genius daughter also used the glue pen to add some Champagne Crushed Glass Glitter to her snowman's hat (I copied her idea, but used silver); she also added Mahogany Ultra Fine glitter to his hands. His nose got a treatment too, with some Rose Ultra Fine glitter.

We continued with the glitter-fest by adding glass glitters to the baubles at the base of the snowman.  We each stamped the swirl from the cling jumbo Romantic Border set in Encore Silver ink, and then chose two different embossing powders to put on top (like Fran did, in the video - we each embossed a small patch of the swirl, but not the whole thing).  I stuck with silver, my daughter got bold and used the shabby blue enamel in keeping with her blue-themed card.

At the base of my snowman, I sprinkled some Chunky White enamel, mixed with Shaved Ice, Shabby White Enamel, and Pearlized Mica Fragments.

Here's where she and I differed a bit, and I have to say I ended up really liking what she did (keep in mind she's FIVE, lol - and I'm jealous of her crafting skills).  She sprinkled some Clear Deep Impressions powder along the base of her snowman, and then mixed in Bronzed Mica Fragments, Shaved Ice, and some Chunky White embossing enamel.  You see, FRAN says to use white Deep Impressions powder, and since I don't have any in that color I just used chunky white enamel.  But my darling daughter paid better attention than I did, and figured it would look better to mix in some clear with all the other ones...and she was right.  :)

Ok, now take a look at the whole video, so you can see the steps we followed!  But come right back, because I'm giving away the Merry Magical Snowman set, and you don't want to miss it!

Now, for the fun part...candy! Want to win this Merry Snowman set? (Note: if you go to the Stampendous website, my daughter's sample is on there - I'm SO SO SO proud!!!)

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post by Friday, August 19 at 11:00 PM EST. That's it! SO EASY!! I'll announce the winner on Saturday the 20th, with my next Stampendous Saturday post! Thanks for stopping by!

And for even more Stampendous blog candy, stop by these blogs: Pam Hornschu, Wendy Jordan, Cyndi Bundy, and Wendy Price.

Ohhh...I almost forgot! The winner of last week's Halloween candy is: INDY!!! Send me an email with "Stampendous Candy Winner" in the subject line (and remind me which Halloween stamp you chose), include your contact info, and I'll pass it on to the shipping elves at Stampendous!

Supplies (My card): 
Stamps: Merry Snowman set, Romantic Border cling jumbo set (Stampendous)
Card Stock: Bazzill 
Patterned Paper: Best Creations
Ink: Versamark, Encore Silver; Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Tea Stain, Walnut Stain (Tim Holtz)
Accessories: Embossing Powders/Enamels - Blue Magic, Shabby White, Chunky White, Silver; Glitter - Crystal Multi/Medium, Crystal Multi/Ultra Fine; Pearlized Mica Fragments; Silver Glass Glitter (all previous items from Stampendous); fused pearls, flower (Making Memories); stick pins
Tools: heat gun

Supplies (Ava Grace's card): 
Stamps: Merry Snowman set, Romantic Border cling jumbo set (Stampendous)
Card Stock: SU Bashful Blue
Patterned Paper: SU Bashful Blue print
Ink: Versamark, Encore Silver; SU Bashful Blue
Accessories: Embossing Powders/Enamels - Blue Magic, Shabby Blue, Chunky White, Deep Impressions Clear; Glitter - Crystal Multi/Medium, Crystal Multi/Ultra Fine, Rose, Mahogany; Bronzed Mica Fragments, Champagne Glass Glitter; Class A'Peel stickers - Snowflake (AC1001), Super Swirls (AC1002), Snowflake Sparklers (AC645)  (all previous items from Stampendous)
Tools: heat gun


Mary Dawn said...

i believe you have an artiste on your hands, taylor! go AG!

R. Little said...

What lovely cards! Your daughter did a fantastic job (and so did her mom...lol)! I would not have guessed that a five year old made that card. I think she has a bright future ahead of her in the card making world. TFS

Natalie said...

Great cards, Taylor and Ava!! Very fun and such pretty embellishments!! I'm off to watch the video. Have a fun weekend! {hugs}

Scrappychick said...

Yours AND AG's are both beautiful! So fun that she will craft with you :) I miss when my daughters did that!

lisa arana said...

Whew, close call. I can't believe I didn't have you in my reader!!! Adore this sparkly card!!!

Krissy said...

Great cards! Love them BOTH!

Froggietalks said...

I really like both your card and AG's card. Lovely. The video is interesting. I am going to have to try this technique with Pearl EX :)

Sandy said...

Happy Saturday....I love this snowman... He just makes you feel jolly. I am hooked on all of Frans beautiful new chunky bling and it makes this little guy pop. Awesome card.

Javablustamper said...

How AWESOME!! My DD loves to stamp too!! This snowman is such a SWEET stamp!! LOVE this technique too!! Hope you are well lady!! Have an AWESOME day!!

ENJOY LIFE~Javablustamper/Jacquie

GCgirl said...

Gorgeous technique!! What a blessing to stamp with your daughter, AND she has skills! ;0)

Nikki said...

What an amazing technique you've done with this card I can't stop looking at it soo kewl
gonna try something like this for sure
hugs Nikki

Indy said...

The video link was very informative. Your card is absolutely incredible!!!!

Pam Hornschu said...

I think AG needs to have her own blog site now! She did such an awesome job. There are grownups that are intimidated by the Fran-tage and encrusting process. They could take lessons from AG! Oh, and you, too, of course!LOL. I love the "snow" sprinkle on your card, and the layers of stamped and embossed images. Both cards are jaw-droppers! You two make a great creative pair!

Indy said...

I just emailed you regarding the Halloween stamp I won! Thanks!!! Also thanks for the sweet comment on my blog. Your daughter's card is absolutely amazing!!!!

Glennis said...

Wonderful that you can spend crafty time together

Billie Dee said...

What a great card! I love all those colors.

Stephanie said...

Your daughter did a wonderful job and so did you. :) Both cards are beautiful.

FrancineB said...

Fabulous cards! Both of you did a wonderful job on them. I think it's great you make time to have a little craft time with your daughter.

Anonymous said...

Awesome cards, great idea for the Holidays!

Janelle said...

Fabulous cards (I love stamping with my children!) I saw that video this last week and thought it was fantastic! And thank you for sharing today your tip with the Glue Arts ribbon adhesive, why didn't I think of that!!!

Wendy said...

WOW, WOW, WOW!!! You and AG are quite the team. Can you imagine what she will be doing when she is 10? I can't wait to see!! I hope you and your family are having a great weekend!

Mrs Weyremaster said...

Two Beautiful creations, and the card aren't bad either.
Definately looks like AG's inherited your artistic talents :)
Hugs to you both

Barbara said...

Really cute! I know you have fun doing projects with your daughter! The Snowman stamp is so adorable!

Kelly Braund said...

Super cute! That girl of yours is quite impressive! I love crafting with my daughter, too, hope you had lots of fun!
braundk at comcast.net

Sandy said...

Wow! I love how both of yours and your daughter's cards turned out! This is such a fun thing to try and I loved watching the video.

Pat K said...

What charming cards you and your
daughter made! Great work! Would sure love to win your giveaway.
Thanks for the opportunity.

Lori Barnett said...

My daughter and I love to stamp. She is 10 and loves stamping & paper crafting. We would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win the snowman set. I've had my eye on it!

Pam said...

Great cards! What fun you & your daughter must have. Thanks for the chance to win.

Brennen said...

Wow! Awesome card! This may be a little too expert for me, but we'll see. Thanks.

Paulette Still said...

THis vintage snowman is so cute! I love what you and your daughter did in both cards. Adorable and fun.

windycindy said...

Your daughter sounds like a true
artist! How wonderful! Your snowman
makes me wish for cold weather
and the snow...I would love to win
your blog candy.
Many thanks, Cindi

Jocelyn aka JoBear2 said...

Oh wow - these cards look fabulous! LOVE the vintage feel about them. I just watched the video on how to do this technique - thanks for adding it to your post. Isn't it great how what could have been a disaster turned out to be a happy accident leading to this fantastic technique?!!

Thanks for the opportunity to enter for this fab snowman candy.


Michelle Y said...

Thanks for taking the time to make that video, and for the chance to win this great stamp set!

Anonymous said...

How wonderful! I simply must try this! Great job on everyone! And thanks for the chance to win blog candy...but I would have posted without it. This is FANTASTIC!!!! (Of course I want to win though! lol)

Renee VanEpps said...

I saw Fran's video a couple days ago - she is definitely amazing and fun to watch! I'm off to see your daughter's snowman creation - hoping I can start getting my 4 yr old a little more interested in crafting after reading about yours! P.S. Your card is gorgeous!

Jingle said...

Your card is sparkly and fabulous!