Hello my friends! The Squirrel Squad is back with our monthly hop! You have just come from the wonderful and lovely Karen! If you are new to this hop, it’s that once a month where my squirrel sisters and I get together and create projects using stuff in our stash that we have “squirreled” away! It really helps us revisit our stash and bash the stuff that are gathering dust or haven’t seen the light of day in a long time!
Our theme for this month is Vintage with unusual embellishments. I must admit, this month’s prompt really challenged me! I just couldn’t think of an unusual embellishment to use in my card. So I dug into my daughter’s drawer and look through her arts & crafts stuff she had left over for school projects and what do you know, I found a pack of these teeny tiny styrofoam balls. I think she was doing some sort of diorama or vignette for her a project and this was something I think she was planning to use but didn’t.
Anyway, since they were white I decided I need to dye them to the color I needed for my project. Since they were styrofoam, any waterbased paint probably wouldn’t work so I decided to experiment with alcohol inks. I took a small plastic zip lock bag, filled it with half part alcohol ink refill and half part of regular alcohol. I added a teaspoonful of the little balls into the bag, swished it around then scooped them out and laid them out on a paper towel to dry.
I will be using the Hero Arts Layering Ornament stencils to create the mid-century inspired card. Ive had these stencils for more than a year now and still haven’t used them!
For the ornaments, I used colors from the Reactive ink palettes. The left most ornament, a combination of Key Lime Fizz & Green Apple from the Nature Reactive ink palette. I also added Splash from the Sea palette as the final color. The middle ornament, a combination of Fruit Punch & Taffy from the Sunshine reactive ink palette, added Berry Smoothie from the Florals palette as the color of the details. The last and right most ornament, Splash from the Sea palette, Green Apple from the Nature palette and then finally Grape Slush from the Florals palette.
After I ink blended all the colors, I then used first layering stencil and added clear embossing ink and heat embossed all the ornaments with clear embossing ink. This sealed in all the colors. I then used the Blue Raspberry ink cube and swiped it it on the card surface, first vertically, then horizontally. This created a linen type finish to the background.
Then I stamped the sentiment “JOY” from the coordination Ornaments stamp set with unicorn ink and then heat embossed it with white detailed embossing powder. I used an embossing pen to draw the string and bows for each ornament, then also heat embossed it with white embossing powder.
For a finishing touch, I added the little styrofoam balls with strong liquid glue. I just love how the little balls added texture to the background of my mid-century inspired christmas card. I think I will be making more colors of these little styrofoam balls and create really cool shaker cards with them!
Your next stop on the hop is the beautiful Lounon! She is sure to WOW you with her creation!
Have a wonderful and crafty day!
’til next time!
Anna – you are here!