Winter Ice Skates Mixed Media Wall Hanging with Really Reasonable Ribbon
Hello, Friends! This Winter Ice Skates Mixed Media Wall Hanging is the companion piece to the Stamperia Sweet Winter wall hanging I shared with you earlier this month. Both feature the Really Reasonable Ribbon December Ribbon Club Assortment, were made at the same time and followed the same basic procedure. What can I say? I had so much fun making the first one, and my work space was already a mess, so I decided to make another. When the mojo is flowing, you don’t argue. You just flow with it!
You can check out all the how to’s and tips for making the mixed media background in my previous post.
A stitched ribbon frame really helps pull this composition together. That pop of color helps to keep the eye focused inside the frame. If you don’t like to stitch, you could always use Scor-Tape to hold your ribbon frame in place.
And speaking of pops of color, how about this Tropic Delicate Stitched Satin Bow? Ooh-la-la! It really brightens up this shabby chic piece, dontcha think? Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon is one of my all time favorites. It is soft and supple so it ties gorgeous bows. If you are struggling with bow-tying, I highly recommend it!
That’s it for me today, friends! I’m still trying to get back on track after the Christmas festivities! I hope each one of you had a delightful holiday with family and friends. It’s so much fun to party, isn’t it? But then we have to catch up on all the work we didn’t get done. That’s not as much fun!
3D Embossing Folder Tips and Tutorial with Blue Fern Yuletide Collection
Hello, Friends! Today’s Throwback Thursday is a special request for a 3D Embossing Folder Tips and Tutorial post. A few weeks ago I shared several projects made with the new Spellbinders Floral Swag 3D Embossing Folder. Several of you had great questions, and wanted to see the techniques I used to achieve the mixed media effect on my cardstock. You can find those projects HERE.
This time around, I paired the embossing folder up with Blue Fern’s gorgeously vintage Yuletide Paper Collection. I had a nice little pile of scraps to work with, including this gorgeous watercolor background panel that I altered with the folder, paint, ink and metallic wax. Because the background was so lovely, I didn’t want to cover it up. So I grouped together some ephemera pieces, flowers, and a Reneabouquets snowflake for the focal image.
Tips and Techniques
No matter how many times I use this embossing folder, I find myself thrilled with the results. Each panel turns out just a little bit different from the one before, depending on which mixed media supplies I use to enhance the embossed image.
First, lightly mist your paper panel with some water to soften it up and release the starch in the paper. This helps to prevent cracking, and it also gives you a deeper impression.
Heat dry the embossed panel, then dry brush it with paint, if desired. I demonstrate this in the video tutorial below.
Add color to the raised edges of your design by lightly brushing on some Distress Oxide Ink. Speckled Egg was a good option for this paper.
You can add another layer of color by rubbing portions of the design with metallic wax. The brand I use is from Little Birdie crafts. It appears to be discontinued, but Prima makes metallic wax as well.
A Peek Inside
The inside of the card folio is all about the papers! I do so love the vintage vibe of this beautiful collection.
Open the flap mechanism to reveal a lovely spot for a blank note card.
The box pocket on the bottom of the card contains one of my signature Tea Party in a Box surprises. Use bits of your paper scraps to “gift wrap” the goodies you put into your box.