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A Walk on the Wild Side with SNS! by Donna

Good Morning, everyone! Donna E here, bringing out our inner wild beast with some pretty cards and cute tips. Although the cards were made digitally, you can make the same cards using rubber stamps.
For the digital tutorial, please see Donna's personal blog post.
For the rubber stamp steps, visit my blog, and scroll to the bottom.

My cards are made entirely from white card stock. If you are new to digital images, several tips are included on my blog, including how to make the matching digital paper from the elephants themselves. I did not use special programs - just my word processor.

Here are the photos for the background papers (tutorial on my blog). One card has larger print than the other. Can you identify which card used the smaller print?


1. Spellbinders Detailed Scallops (frame) card 5.5" x 7.5":

The card looks beautiful before adhering the layers:



After distressing with Black Soot dye ink, I applied Nuvo Glue Pen in the Large size around the distressing, waited a few moments for the glue to set, and then applied Gilding Flakes in Silver Bullion. They are so brilliantly silver, that it was difficult to capture on camera:


Using VersaMark ink, I further distressed, and heat set with Shimmer Semi Transparent EP. The edge is now dimensionally distressed with ink, shimmering EP and gilding flakes:


Midnight Madness Detail Opaque EP #252 has lots of sparkle, and was used on the sentiment from Happy Flowers Rubber Stamp Set. Because it is a detail embossing powder, it features sentiments well:


When embossing black, I prefer using a black pigment ink. But I don't have colored pigment inks these days, so....



"making COLORED embossable ink"


I did not have a black pigment ink on hand, and I wanted the black background for the sentiment before heat setting with Midnight Madness Detail Opaque EP. Here's how: Ink your stamp with VersaMark (or other clear embossing fluid). Then tap on the dye base ink in the color of your choice on top of the VersaMark inked stamp. Stamp on your paper.  Apply your embossing powder. Because the VersaMark was applied on the stamp first, when the image was stamped, the VersaMark ends up being on the "top layer" of your paper. Dredge with EP and heat set. Works for me every time.


The cute flower is from Tonic Woodland Aster Die Set #1285E.


Finished Card:



2. Sue Wilson die framed card 6" x 7.5":


Layered panel was distressed with Black Soot dye ink and VersaMark

Super Thick Silver EP467 (ultra glossy) was place on the inky areas and heat FROM UNDER THE PAPER. More VersaMark was applied and Midnight Madness Detail Opaque EP was heat set, creating a shiny, dimensional, sparkling panel:

With scraps of sticker paper and the Tonic Autumnal Oak Die Set #1431E, the large leafy branch was partially cut out twice. After pulling off the protective layer, exposing the sticky substance, Aqua Marine Semi-transparent Ultrafine G1062 glitter was applied and burnished in. I did the same thing with Tonic Beautiful Brambles Die Set #586E using Pistachio Ultrafine Opaque G1053 (one of my all time favorite colors). 


TIP: color your glitter

Because I wanted to shade the leaves a little, Prismacolor Alcohol Markers were lightly used on top of the glitter.

Before and After:


Finished Card:



TIP: To make this card with the rubber stamp set:

  1. Make an elephant mask from text weight paper.
  2. Stamp the front elephant in your inky-color of choice.
  3. Place the mask on top of the stamped elephant (adhere lightly if desired).
  4. Stamp the back elephant in your inky-color of choice.
  5. Remove mask and color your images.


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