Saturday, September 13, 2008

DSP Bloggers challenge


I was SO excited about this weeks blogger challenge because it was Designer paper! I love using Stampin' Up!'s designer paper because it is so pretty and easy to coordinate with the inks, ribbons and cardstock. The first card I made uses the new Ghostly Greetings paper. I have to say, although I really don't like Halloween, I LOVE this paper! It is so fun and colorful! I cut three strips of the paper to fit the front of my card, layered them onto Only orange cardstock and added that to my black card base. This card is 5-1/2" square. The vampire and greeting are from Booglie Eyes, a retired gem that I may neve get rid of. I love it! I colored my little guy in with my markers, mounted him onto black and added some olive brads along the edge. The ribbon on the bottom is from WalMart.
I have to say that so far, my most favorite new designer paper from the new catalog is the Bella Rose paper. It is so pretty and girly! I had to make a card with that as well for this challenge. I had done a swap for convention and had some little square sraps left over so I pulled them out to make a mosaic card. I started by cutting my card base from Pirouette pink and a ridinghood red layer. I cut a white piece to layer onto that and ran the white through my Xyron to make it sticky. I don't use my X very much, but for this techique is it the quickest, easiest thing to do. After the white was sticky, I stuck my squares on. I didn't make sure the squares were all the same size, I wanted more of a loose look to it. After all the DSP squares were on, I poured clear embossing powder over the whole thing to make the 'grout.' After the 'grout' was embossed, I inked up the whole thing with Versamark and embossed it again using Glassy Glaze embossing powder. I did that twice to give it a nice enamel look. TIP:If you are getting a grainy look when you emboss with the glassy glaze, you need to heat it more. The more you heat it, the more it will gloss up.
To finish my card, I wrapped some pink tafetta around the corners, added some silver brads and hung a little tag stamped with the Best Yet hostess set. The card is very shiney so here is a close up of the corner without so much glare. This mosaic technique is awesome for using up some of the scraps of DSP that you might think aren't worth saving.
Be sure to check out the other Blogger Challenge girls at the link to the left.
Have a great weekend!!

13 comments:

Lisa Bohler said...

Both cards are cute! SU has made me more of a fan of Halloween with the DSPs this year and last year! Also, love the mosaic idea and look on the second card!

Lynn Mercurio said...

Awesome cards, Becky. Love the Halloween card, and your technique on the second card is stunning! Fabulous job.

Sheryl said...

Great cards, Beckie! I'm with you on loving the Halloween DSP! Love what you did with the Bella Rosa mosaic!

Ida P. Krause said...

Super Fun Halloween Card!
Wow the Mosaic Card is lovely. What a great technique.

Kerry D-C said...

Wowzers! these are FAB! The Booglie Eyes one is so fun! I am in awe of the Bella Rosa one...just gorgeous!

Kimberly Gajewski said...

Terrific cards Beckie! That Halloween card is just too cute, and the Bella mosaic is so pretty! What a great technique! Thanks for sharing that with us! :D

Robin Merriman said...

You've outdone yourself - love the mosaic card. It's just gorgeous!

Connie said...

Love that Halloween paper, too! And, I've never seen the Mosaic tech done with enameling the paper, too!

Lori said...

These are both great, Beckie! I love how you combined the papers on the first one and the glazed mosaic tiles on the second one look fantastic.

Bunny B said...

Love that Halloween card! Super cute!

Claudia said...

Both cards are great - but the first one is just so much fun to look at!

Suzanne said...

Both cards are terrific.

Debbie Olson said...

Both cards are lovely Beckie, but that Bella Rosa card is amazing!!