ID: GG Design July 09 - Thanks

Created: June 25, 2009

GG Designs challenge for July is to take a rubber stamp you don't use or like and use it in some other way, and to try to use one of hers... Well that's the hardest part, since I like all the stamps I have of hers. OK so I recently got this leaf set (Mini Mall #12 leaves) and used the largest one from the set. See the full 8.5 x 11" sheet I made below. I then made a 1" square mask from some white cardstock so I could see sections without being sidetracked by the whole thing. As you can see by the background image below my squares were skewed all over the place.

Background: White piece of cardstock. Stamp image with perfect medium or other clear stamp pad, then thermal emboss with clear embossing powder. Leave enough room between images to cut out without going into another image, unless that's what you want to do. Mist/spray with water and drop, brush or spray dye or water media colors onto misted surface, tilting paper this way and that to get color bleeds and blending. I used Distress reinkers "Worn Lipstick", "Mustard Seed", "Dried Marigold",  "Spiced Marmalade",  "Peeled Paint". I put a few drops on a palette and mixed with a few drops of water and applied with a brush. When happy with color scheme, let dry completely. I found the colors a bit glaring so I rubbed some Distress pads over the whole thing (Old Paper then Frayed Burlap). When that was dry, I placed my background under a couple pieces of clean newsprint and ironed off the embossing, using clean pieces of newsprint as needed till everything was of.

I did the paper casting of the leaf, directly over the rubber stamp. I placed one small piece of Kleenex tissue over stamp and misted with water, and with a soft brush, pressed the paper into the crevices (this also interconnects the fibre layers of the paper). Continued doing this with about 4 more pieces. Let this dry completely, took off from rubber stamp and wet only the edges with my dirty water from the background and tore of excess paper. It had a greenish tinge to it which I liked.

Detail image of Peel Offs sentiment

I ran a piece of olive green cardstock through my Cuttlebug using the "Mesh #37-1151" embossing folder. Since my cardstock was larger than the folder, I put it in sideways and after the first press, moved the folder down and ran it through again to cover my whole piece.

Mounted this to the cream toned main card. Ran my 1" background squares through my Zyron (wasn't in a mood for messing with glue) and stuck them to the green embossed surface. I only glued the outer border. Didn't need any under the leaf section.

I cut a piece of brown Mi-Tientes cardstock a little larger than my leaf casting, edged it with a Krylon gold leafing pen and adhered it to the card. Then used a bead of white glue in the body portion of the leaf casting and placed it on the brown cardstock. Added the gold Peel Offs sentiment "Thanks"

Background with cut out portions for card.

The word sentiment is one of my calligraphic Peel Offs sold under Els label at There are are about a dozen themes with different style lettering on each sheet, and they come in black, white, gold & silver.

Thanks, Friends, Thinking of You, Love, Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary, You're Invited, Congratulations, It's a boy/Girl, Xmas & an Xmas Seasonal, with a couple more coming out the end of 2009 or begin 2010.

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