Sunday, 1 May 2016

Bubble Fairy

I am so thrilled and honoured to have been invited to be on the Design Team for the CAS Mix Up challenge run by Loll Thompson (Stamping with Loll) and Bonnie Klass (Stamping with Klass).  I start with the May challenge:

I love heat embossing.  It was the technique that lured me into stamping and cardmaking.  There is something quite magical about the way heat embossing turns ink and powder into something completely different in a few short seconds.  It can be as simple as clear embossing powder over pigment ink (like the sentiment in my card) to the wonderful rich shine you can get from gold embossing powder to the complex effects of Frantage ep or UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel) or, as I used on the fairy in my card, wonderful multicolours from Kaleidoscope ep.

The fairy was stamped with black Versafine ink on regular white cs and heat embossed with the most amazing embossing powder - Stampendous Kaleidoscope ep. Depending on how much you heat it, you can get different colour tones - I heated different sections of the image for varying amounts of time. I think you can see blue, orange, green, and black tones in the photo.

Here's a close-up of the fairy:

I made a background with two different Tim Holtz stencils (that tied in to the bubbles and dots in the stamped image) and Pearlescent embossing paste (my choices of other elements), stamped my sentiment and heat embossed it with regular clear ep, die cut a panel with a stitched rectangle, and put fun foam behind it for dimension.

I fussy cut the fairy, and stuck down the bottom edge flat to the background with regular double sided tape and then used thin foam tape as she headed upwards out of the bubbles, and then near the top of her, I used two layers of the foam tape as I wanted to give the impression of her flying off the card.

Please come and join us at CAS Mix Up - you must include stamping and heat embossing, and then at least one of the other elements from the list of "Your Choice Options" on the right hand side of the challenge page.  The challenge is open until May 24th.

Stamps - Inkadinkado fairy, Rubber Stamp Tapestry sentiment
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black
Paper - PTI white cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Stampendous Kaleidoscope embossing powder, clear embossing powder, Tim Holtz Bubbles and Dot Fade stencils, Dreamweaver Pearlescent embossing paste, Lil Inkers stitched rectangle die, fun foam, foam tape


  1. what a gorgeous fairy, Susan and the embossed pearl dots set her off perfectly! and congrats on becoming a design team member for CAS Mix-up!

  2. WOW ... LOVE this gorgeous image and it is made even more special with the Kaleidoscope embossing powder. This is so beautiful, especially over those pearlescent stenciled bubbles which are gorgeous and add so much shine. Very excited to have you on the CAS Mix Up Team, Susan! Welcome! xx

  3. This is AWESOME, Susan! I love the pearlescent paste and the kaleidoscope embossing! What an awesome mix of texture and color! I'm so glad you could join our team!

  4. OMG. Susan, absolutely Stunning my friend! Your fairy definitely looks like she is flying away. I love all the colors you achieved using different amounts of heat. Your stenciled background is just as beautiful. TFS all the details on your techniques.

    Congratulations for being on Loll and Bonnie's DT. I am so happy that all 4 of us get to inspire each other and other CAS Mixed Media stampers. Hugs, Nancy

  5. This is just stunning. I have some of the Kaleidescope EP, but I didn't know about heating sections for various lengths of time. When it starts to 'turn', I just moved on! Who knew! Love the fairy and what a perfect image to use this EP on. Also loving the Mother of Pearl embossing paste. A wonderful card for this challenge too, and I'll add my congratulations for being on this awesome team. TFS


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