Welcome to our Close To My Heart New Product Blog Hop! Over 40 Fabulous Close To My Heart consultants are celebrating the upcoming release of the Summer 2010 Idea Book by giving you a sneak peak of some of the great products available in the new Idea Book which goes live May 1st!
If you have come here from Emma Hubert's blog you are on the right path! You can also find a complete list of participants here. To participate in the blog hop is simple. To see the next sneak peak, you need simply follow the link at the end of this post to move on to the next one and so on.
Are you ready to be inspired? Here we go!
This cute gift card holder was made with the new (X7126B) Passages Level 2 paper pack and the coordinating stamp set (C1408) Live Inspired. This is my absolute favorite new stamp set released for Summer 2010 and the paper is so earthy that it was a must-have for me. The patterns and colors in this collection have a masculine appeal, and would work great for showcasing travel photos (especially European I think) or heritage photos.
On the front of the card I used the Chalk popping technique as described on page 21 of the Summer Idea Book. The technique is super simple and gives your finished piece a unique look. To chalk pop you need simply.
- Ink your stamp with Versamark Ink
- Stamp the image onto the paper and,
- Brush chalk with the applicator over the Versamark ink.
The chalk 'sticks' to the Versamark. It's that easy!
While I used the technique with dark chalk on dark paper, you get some really great effects using a dark ink on a light paper too! Due to the nature of the medium, some of the chalk will automatically stick to the background paper almost 'clouding your image', but the areas that are stamped with Versamark will stick more - making your image 'pop' off the page. You can even use more than one colour of chalk to make a multi-colored image. Click here to view a card in my gallery that employs this technique.
Here are some alternate views of my gift enclosure card - first the back which is the card opening, held shut with an arrow shaped photo turn. And next the inside which is only modestly decorated and holds the gift card. I designed this card with a graduation in mind, but the cover sentiment could easily be used to celebrate a promotion, a new job, or quite simply 'just because'.
Card Stock: (1245) Olive, (X5637) Barn Red, (X5642) Cocoa (Barn Red & Cocoa are included in the Passages Paper pack - I just added the Olive)
Patterened Paper (B&T Duos): (X7126B) Passages My Reflections Paper pack
Ink: (Z891) Versamark, (Z2114) Cocoa
Stamp Set: (C1408) Live Inspired, (D1187) For Every Occasion
Other: (Z904) Autumn Soft Chalks, (Z668) Gold Embossing Powder, (Z555) Craft Heater, (Z1275) Mini-Medley Accents Antiqued Copped Collection
Finished Size: 4.25" x 3"
Now, hop on over to Amanda's Blog to see what she created with the new Summer 2010 products! Be sure to visit all the consultants participating in the hop to get some great crafting ideas and inspiration - and of course get a sneak peak at more new paper packs and My Acrylix stamp sets at the same time!
Remember, the Summer Idea Book goes live on May 1st, and that's just 3 days away! Contact me to find out how to get your copy today.
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