Saturday, September 11, 2010

Just Us Girls Challenge #50...Just Rite :]

Well, the week is over and it's Saturday.  I'm sooo excited about today's challenge because Just Us Girls has an awesome, very generous sponsor today - Just Rite Stampers!  I couldn't wait to get crafting with their stamps!  In fact, I made two cards this week, but I'm only sharing one, because I didn't care for the first one that much and set it aside before I added the finishing touches.  Maybe I'll finish it this weekend and share ;]
Our technique today is one that I've never tried until now - Cracked Glass!  It was actually fun after I got it right :]  LOL  You'll see what I mean at the end of this post. 
I kept my card somewhat simple, but I must say, the coloring took a minute!  I make it no secret - I'm a novice at coloring...especially with Copics.  I colored the bells on my Christmas Joy - Small Oval stamp a very pretty light shade of pink, but they kind of got washed out with the cracked glass effect. 
I used clear embossing powder instead of UTEE, so I had to add several (3 or 4) layers on my image before freezing it.  I froze it for about ten minutes, took it out and cracked away!  I sponged the scarlett ink on the cracks and wiped off the excess...hence my pink bells virtually disappearing.  I used large oval nesties to cut out my ovals.  I cut out the images after stamping them because it seemed easier to line up.  I also embossed an oval directly on my card base to create a subtle frame.
I stamped the sentiment (from Christmas Nested Sentiments & Verse) and embossed it in silver.  Speaking of silver embossing...I initially thought it would be a good idea to emboss the bells and the frame in silver before coloring the image.  So I did...then I added my layers of clear embossing.  Don't try this at home...(I know, DUH)...each layer resulted in a more blurred image.  It just kept melting the silver more and more with each reheat. This is what I ended up with (no, this is NOT a blurry photo...it's the same resolution as the other photos in my post).  Nice, huh?  LOL
Okay, that's all I have for you today.  HUGE thank you to Just Rite for their generosity...I really enjoyed using the stamps and can't wait to use them some more :]  If you play along with JUGS this week, be sure to add a direct link to your project on the JUGS blog, and use keyword JUGS50 in any online galleries!  You don't want to miss what our DT has to share either!  Check out their amazing projects:

Lynn Mangan ~ Our September Guest Designer

Hope you have a relaxing, yet productive weekend...that's what I'm hoping for :]

11 comments:

Lynn said...

Your post made me smile Kristen...love your card! All those shades of burgundy...yum! I had to have a couple of trys at the cracked glass to get it right too!!!

Stampin' Pam said...

Kristin I LOVE this - it's simple elegance at it's best. I actually love the faded pink bells - sort of a vintage look - I did emboss my image first before coloring too but I used UTEE and didn't have the problem you had - wonder if it's the embossing powder difference? In any case yours is lovely lovely!!

Alicia said...

VERY ELEGANT! I love the look of your card, simple yet so pretty! I tried the embossing party too, but found some of the glass powder tucked away in my drawer and it worked much better for me! HOpe you have a great weekend!

Tammy Hershberger said...

OMGosh, it's GORGEOUS! LOVE the subtle elegance, especially the addition of the embossed oval behind the die-cut ones! The cracking turned out fabulous, too! (LOVE that you shared the "bad" one, too! I never would have realized that would happen, but I guess it makes perfect sense that the embossing would just keep melting.)

Anne said...

The colors are awesome! I love the light pink bells and the way you used the ink to sponge the cracked glass.

dpkennedy said...

Gorgeous! Love the colors and that cracked glass technique is so elegant! So glad that I don't need new glasses, whew!

Maria Levine said...

Love the color you picked! Fabulous job with the technique! I really did wonder at first way you posted such a blurry picture. It took me two trys to get the cracking to work out myself. But it's pretty cool! Fabulous job.

Sue Lelli said...

I had to do this technique several times also and ended up cheating in the end! LOVELY card. Great colors! FAB stamp!

Laura Pryor said...

Totally fabulous design!! You rocked the cracked glass! Is it weird that I enjoyed seeing the miss-fire photo?

Kathryn B said...

Love the colors you used for this card Kristen. It is Sooo rich looking! Also like the sentiment in silver its the perfect touch!

Andrea M said...

Kristin - stunning card girl! Way to absolutely rock the cracked glass technique! Love the rich colors - so Christmas!

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