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Far North
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Posted: 10/11/2013 10:50:25 AM
How exciting it's time for another Stamptoberfest!

This challenge returns to the fun many of us had with embossing folders last month. For this one we will on creating some artsy paper and enhancing them with 1 of 2 methods after dry embossing.

Not to worry if you don't have an embossing machine as long as you have 1 folder with a compact design, all is good. Just make sure your paper is entirely damp with the coloring process you choose, place it in the folder and roll a rolling pin, pastry roller or similiar over it. Dry and you are ready to play!

So check out all the details on my blog post.

Please post here any questions or tips you might experience along the way.

Hope you have lots of creative fun!


...Jan
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Posted: 10/11/2013 11:29:54 AM
Great challenge and I love your samples. Especially the glitter glue! Thanks for hosting!

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Posted: 10/11/2013 12:59:08 PM
Oh WOW! Yes, your backgrounds with wow made me say that!


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Posted: 10/11/2013 1:26:40 PM
Wonderful backgrounds! This is right down my alley, so I am definitely doing your challenge!

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Posted: 10/11/2013 1:35:56 PM
Hi, Jan! I always love how artistic your cards and projects are. Thanks for sharing this fun technique with us! Can't wait to see what everyone creates! Thanks for hosting!



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Posted: 10/11/2013 2:30:34 PM
Such a fun challenge Jan! I love trying new things with embossing folders. Thank you for hosting!!


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Posted: 10/11/2013 4:32:24 PM
Beautiful results, Jan! I had an argument with my dd yesterday about whether I own any glitter glue. She swears I do, but I'm pretty sure I don't, but now I want some even more! Perfect excuse to go and buy some!


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Posted: 10/11/2013 8:13:59 PM
Jan, I love the backgrounds you created. They are gorgeous!

Thank you for the challenge.

Daria

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Posted: 10/12/2013 10:55:37 AM
What a cool technique. Thanks for sharing it. I can't wait to give it a try. The backgrounds you created are absolutely gorgeous.



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Posted: 10/12/2013 11:27:54 AM
This looks super cool! Can't wait to try some of these techniques! Thanks for a great challenge!


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Posted: 10/13/2013 11:15:40 PM
Wait until you hear about all the supplies I do NOT have, but am still attempting this technique! I do not have distress inks, an embossing machine, a rolling pin or even a brayer!

I will share what I used instead, but I'm looking for advice. My cardstock has become quite wrinkled up after being wet, and embossed, and glitter-glued, can I flatten it out somehow? What do you all recommend?

Thanks!

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Posted: 10/14/2013 12:22:18 AM
Michele, you have perseverance! Good for you!!!

As for the the wrinkles...you can hold on the ends with a grip on each side and roll it over a rounded edge counter, table etc...it is amazing how fast it will flatten with this method; other options include under as stack of books or heavy weight-just make sure it is dry first, might put between typing paper to protect it from sticking to the books. The other option is ironing...I do it on the back side so the inks do not get shiny and overheated. These methods has worked for me. I hope the last part of this technique goes smoothly for you.
Can't wait to see your results!


...Jan
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Posted: 10/14/2013 8:46:09 AM
Oh Jan! I've never been much of a fan of glitter or glitter glue, mostly because when using it I generally end up wearing more than I get on my project! But the backgrounds you've created are absolutely stunning. I hope to have a chance to participate. Thanks for the challenge!


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Posted: 10/14/2013 9:41:25 AM
What a fun technique, I love the examples you provided!

I hope I have time to play around with this one. I bookmarked it in case I don't so I can experiment when I have more time. I love finding new ways to use my EFsmile

Michele, I'm excited to see what you came up with. U love when people experiment on techniques when they don't have all the supplies.

Thanks for offering a great challenge Jan!


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Posted: 10/14/2013 10:24:36 AM
Oh Marshia, I hear ya...I find it very frustrating to have glitter in the house for days after using it to make cards. Most of the time I find glitter glue too thick for my cards. So mostly I reverted to just adding sparkle with pen accents.

I am also excited that the glitter dries quickly when put on in the thin brayered coats so there is less chance of touching before dry.

Marshia and LeighAnn would love it if you could play the challenge and share you own creative twists and experiences. But if that doesn't work out please still share when you get a chance to try it.


...Jan
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Posted: 10/14/2013 10:26:00 AM
Oh Marshia, I hear ya...I find it very frustrating to have glitter in the house for days after using it to make cards. Most of the time I find glitter glue too thick for my cards. So mostly I reverted to just adding sparkle with pen accents.

I am also excited that the glitter dries quickly when put on in the thin brayered coats so there is less chance of touching before dry.

Marshia and LeighAnn would love it if you could play the challenge and share you own creative twists and experiences. But if that doesn't work out please still share when you get a chance to try it.


...Jan
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Posted: 10/14/2013 10:49:29 AM
I'm wondering if this challenge is going to put me over the edge in going out to buy a brayer. I have wanted one for a while but didn't have a good enough reason to get one.

I think that this technique with the glitter glue especially really warrants the use of a brayer.



~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 10/14/2013 11:38:24 AM
Yes indeedy Heidi I would recommend a brayer! ...a SOFT one works much better for me. Speedball is the well known brand. Not just for this project but many others too.


...Jan
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Posted: 10/14/2013 7:11:50 PM
I got my first set posted. I really loved playing with the technique. I don't use glitter often because most of the cards I make are for OWH. So it was fun to play with my Stickles. And because my liquid pearls are in the same drawer, doing this project, reminded that I have them.

The only problem is that the glitter doesn't show up too well in my pictures.

And I did make cards with the three backgrounds I made. Thanks for hosting such a great challenge.

Red and Green Cards



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Posted: 10/14/2013 7:44:57 PM
Here's my second set.

Multicolor Christmas cards



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Posted: 10/14/2013 8:18:05 PM
What a fun challenge! Loved getting a little messy, even if glitter is all over my clothes...

Here are the backgrounds I made. I described how I made them with my limited craft supplies. Without a brayer the glitter kind of ended up in the debossed areas. but since I was scraping it with the edge of a piece of cardstock, the glitter gathered along the edges of the embossed areas, so still highlights the embossing, I think. Also, my glitter application method seemed to work better on the lattice pattern than the other kind of floral scale pattern (no idea the name of it), where there were fewer embossed areas. I don't have an embossing machine or a rolling pin, so I used a drinking glass to push down on the folder. And instead of Distress Inks, I used gelatos to color.
Backgrounds

I made one finished card so far:
Birthday card

Thanks so much for hosting, Jan, and for getting me to try something new!

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Posted: 10/15/2013 10:43:03 AM
I am sitting here in total awe of the fabulous backgrounds and cards that both Sarah and Michele created. WOW oh Wow comes to mind!

I totally love that Michele was able to move beyond not having the recommended tools and supplies suggest and she adjusted each step along the way created fantastic backgrounds and a beautiful card.

And this challenge was a perfect match for Sarah for she made the background AND six cards! Wow, each one is uniquely designed.

Hope everyone gets by the gallery to see these beauties and leaves lots of comments.

Ladies, many thanks for playing and sharing such wonderful inspiration to all of us!


...Jan
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Posted: 10/16/2013 1:27:57 PM
Thanks for this fun challenge. I love techniques and I am glad we had to make 3 backgrounds so that I can make more cards with them. I brayered Versa Mark ink over the raised areas and added glitter eps to all the backgrounds.

Stampwilly



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Posted: 10/16/2013 4:54:05 PM
April your backgrounds are beautiful! It is fun to see your different color and folders! Your peach card is stunning! Thanks so much for playing and sharing!


...Jan
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Posted: 10/16/2013 4:58:13 PM
I am working on this today. I am not sure I am making good choices with my embossing folders. I'm getting glitter pretty much everywhere!


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 10/16/2013 5:09:16 PM
Hi, Jan. No cards yet, but here are my backgrounds.

I really wish you could see the sparkle and shine these pieces have.


Tips:
I used a 5 3/4" brayer on most of these, and it worked beautifully. Also, on some of them, I left the cardstock in place inside the folder so that the raised design had support when I brayered over it. I think that helped too.

Some folders (usually those made by Sizzix, like Tim Holtz folders) leave a deeper impression than the Cuttlebug folders. They can tear your cardstock. I forgot about this. Afterward, I remembered that you can eliminate the tearing by adding a piece of printer paper over the cardstock when you run it through the machine.


This was a lot of fun, and I'll soon have a number of Christmas cards for Cindi's Christmas All Year Challenge.

Hmmm. Do we need to use stamping on our cards for the second part of your challenge? I might not use stamping on the cards I make with these.

Thank you for the challenge.
Daria

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Posted: 10/16/2013 5:33:15 PM
Here are my backgrounds for part one, but I am not happy with how they turned out. The glitter, although applied with a brayer (that just came in the mail today!) got all over the background instead of just on the embossed portions. I'm not sure if it is due to what folders I picked or what. I am not applying much pressure at all.

Any ideas?

I do like the first one well enough to use on a project though, it just doesn't look how I expected.


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 10/16/2013 8:32:13 PM
Heidi, I like your pieces!

One thing that makes it harder is an embossing folder that has a lot of empty space. If the design is closer together, you're more likely to only hit the raised design with the brayer. When I tried inking up my holly pieces, I got ink everywhere. I ended up inking the embossing folder instead and wiping off the ink from places I didn't want it before embossing my cardstock.

Daria

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Posted: 10/16/2013 9:04:42 PM
Thanks Daria. I think I will try it again with some different folders. I'd like to achieve a look closer to what others are getting, but I hope to find a use for these backgrounds too.


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 10/16/2013 11:40:41 PM
Heidi and Daria your backgrounds are beautiful! Sorry Heidi yours didn't match your vision but indeed they still will make beautiful cards.

Heidi, Daria gave you great advice. The only thing I can think to add is glitter glue can be removed with a tissue while wet...when I did so I had no glue shine once it dried (I used stickles).

Do know Daria's machine must apply more pressure than mine since I have never had an cut paper when using the texture fade embossing folders (of course I emboss metal, acetate and grunge board often in my machine which may have loosen mine a bit more). Every machine is slightly different so just remember not to force it if the sandwich doesn't want to go through easily.

Let us know how the next round goes!

Daria-I looked at your gallery background pictures in the larger view but as you said the glitter didn't sparkle there either...this is the hardest part of showing glitter cards online. The comments published mine before I finshed-sorry!

Can't wait to see your cards. I didn't define specifications for the cards...so no stamping is okay. Actually, I thought 3 backgrounds might be enough if players were short on time so I am very excited to see how folks are using the backgrounds. Can't wait to see what you do!

Thanks for playing in my challenge!


...Jan
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Posted: 10/17/2013 9:11:38 AM
Thanks for the advice!

I did have an idea for one of my backgrounds this morning and here is my card. It is always fun to have cards good for kids and teens. I wouldn't have thought that glitter worked for a boy card, but this totally does.

Thanks!


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 10/17/2013 9:52:41 AM
Heidi, that is one fabulous card. I love it.

Daria

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Posted: 10/17/2013 10:59:35 AM
WoW Heidi, you knocked it out of the park with the use of your background! I love the thought of chopping up backgrounds and giving them some white space!

After we spend time making backgrounds particularly the 1st ones it is easy to get in the rut of not wanting to cut them. But you have showed us cutting can help us integrate the background into entire design. Thanks so much for sharing!


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Posted: 10/18/2013 10:16:21 AM
Here is a second card using another of the backgrounds I made. I was able to combine this with the ABC challenge and Spread your wings and fly.

This was super fun. Thanks so much!


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 10/18/2013 11:49:52 AM
Fantastic butterfly birthday card! I really like how your design showcased the beautiful butterflies AND the background. Good for you to combine two other challenges!


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Posted: 10/18/2013 3:01:27 PM
I just posted the first card I made with one of my backgrounds. I really like how it turned out.

My Card

You're going to get tired of seeing these. I have almost finished the snowflake cards. I just need to go shopping for ribbon. I have way too much ribbon, but not what I need for these cards.

Daria

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Posted: 10/18/2013 3:23:06 PM
Oh Daria, I totally understand about the ribbon...how can that happen?

I LOVE the windmill card. What a versatile stamp! It could be a wonderful Christmas card.

Did you see there was a new gray challenge posted at the bottom of the challenge list when we check the boxes?...wonder what that is about. Your card is fabulous inspiration for using the color gray.

I am so glad you happy with your backgrounds and look forward to seeing all your cards! Thanks so much for playing in my challenge.



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Posted: 10/18/2013 10:24:42 PM
Hi, Jan. Here are four more. Obviously, I loved your sample background with the snowflakes. LOL.

Snowflake Cards

Thanks, again.
Daria

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Posted: 10/19/2013 12:16:57 AM
Daria, more fabulous cards!...you are going to have a fantastic stash!

I really appreciate you describing the differences in the embossing powder you used. Your so right the heated powder doesn't always look anything like the powder in the jar.

Looking forward to your next round!


...Jan
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Posted: 10/19/2013 9:07:11 AM
Everyone is making such wonderful backgrounds. Very inspiring.

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Posted: 10/20/2013 11:26:27 AM
Here are two more cards.

This time as I searched through my ribbons, I found a lovely one that would work! I had forgotten that I had it.

Daria

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Posted: 10/20/2013 12:00:37 PM
Daria, it is so much fun to see your cards come together! They all are the beautiful! I wish I could see and touch each one and share lots of oo-o's and ah-h over each! What beautiful combinations!


...Jan
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Posted: 10/21/2013 10:22:04 PM
Hi Jan! I had a fun evening of background making a few nights ago and finally photographed and uploaded tonight.

Thanks so much for your samples and instructions! I think I tried just about all of your techniques.

Here are my first four, but wait ... there's more!

Wow! I had fun!


Cindi



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Posted: 10/21/2013 10:41:15 PM
Backgrounds with WOW part two!

The following backgrounds were made with a paisley embossing folder. I tried to find it to name the manufacturer but alas, it is buried under the rubble of SOF13! Most likely it was Cuttlebug.

WOW! Paisleys


Cindi



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Posted: 10/22/2013 1:27:53 PM
WoW, hardly covers all the beauty I have seen this past week after folks have played this challenge. Many, many thanks for playing and sharing all creative details! I have enjoyed seeing lots of cards too and that has been additional fun. I hope we continue to see more in the gallery.

Now as promised I have drawn 2 winners...the random name drawn for completing at least 3 backgrounds is MicheleD! Congratulations Special thanks to Michele for sharing her creativity to complete the challenge in spite of not having what other may have thought were "essential" tool and supplies!

And the random name from the cards entries (and there were far more than I initially expected) is the all star who completed many holiday card in this challenge...Daria! Congratulations!

Ladies, I had a computer crash some weeks ago in which I lost all my contacts so I need to ask that you PM me your mailing address.

Thanks again everyone-what a blast!


...Jan
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Posted: 10/22/2013 1:40:08 PM
Congrats Michele and Daria!

This was such a fun challenge, thanks so much.


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 10/22/2013 1:42:51 PM
Congratulations to Michele and Daria!

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Posted: 10/22/2013 5:01:09 PM
Applause Applause! Congratulations Michele and Daria!


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Posted: 10/22/2013 8:42:48 PM
Congrats Michele and Daria!!! Woo Hoo!!!



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Posted: 10/22/2013 9:04:44 PM
Oh yay! Thanks, I'll send you a PM!

Thank you for hosting! So glad I'm getting some use out my embossing folders
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