Thursday, November 10, 2011

Welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle: Its a Cultural Thing Blog Hop!


From sunny Florida!! We are finally experiencing some cooler weather. I cannot say how happy I am about that. If you hopped here by way of Sandy Meier, then you are in the right place! You may want to start at the SNS Home Blog to become eligible for four great prizes.

I am so excited and have been looking forward to this blog hop for a long time. I love working with these stamps as you will be able to tell from my cards. You can change the look of the card just by changing the color of embossing powder and paints. These stamps are as diverse as we are.

 I used the Elements stamp set #316 to create my card. I rubbed the black cardstock with an anti-static bag and then stamped with VersaMark ink. I covered the image with embossing powder (the first card has Silver Detail and the second has Gold Detail) then shook off the excess over a coffee filter then used a heat gun. Use Smooch ink or metallic paints to color rest of the image and set aside to dry. Use scissors to cut out images and attach to card front.


Believe it or not the backgrounds are created using napkins. I love this technique and use it often. Once you try this technique you will see napkins in a new light!

  1. First start by unfolding your napkin and if it is a multi-ply napkin, carefully pull the layers apart so that you only have the top decorative layer for your project.
  2. Cut a piece of freezer paper a little larger than your napkin (about 1/2 to 3/4")
  3. Heat your iron while you first lay your freezer paper, shiny side up, on your ironing board. Next, lay your decorative napkin (pretty side up) onto your freezer paper, and then lay your copy paper on top of your napkin.
  4. Heat with your iron (set on medium - no steam) for about 15 to 30 seconds, moving your iron over the copy paper, applying gentle pressure until your napkin is adhered to your freezer paper.
  5. Now just apply your pretty napkin to your cardstock, (just like you would if you were using patterned paper) and complete your project as desired.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you decide to try this technique in the future. It is an easy way to create beautiful patterned background.

These are a few other cards I have created using the same stamps. As you can see, just by changing the colors or the background changes the way the stamp looks.



Please leave a comment to become eligible for a prize. Your next stop on the blog hop is Donna Ellis where I know she has something wonderful planned.

These are stops in the "Its A Cultural Thing Blog Hop"
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41 comments:

creativearts said...

Dawn, your cards are amazing and you have really been playing with that set of stamps! Love what you did with each card.

Sandy (Cheesy) said...

Dawn, I love using napkins and these cards are absolutely beautiful. I am so lucky to know you and be able to interact with you face to face. Thanks for sharing your talents with me.

Donna Ellis said...

Do I know you or what? I knew you would use that set! LOL I almost did, and thought, "Dawn will be using that set". LOL Beautiful bookmark gift set, and wonderful cards, showing how the design elements of a variety of cultures have been blended into our own American society and daily enjoyment. SO LOVELY! Thank you, Dawn!

Stampin' Hands have Happy Hearts said...

A great collection of beautiful cards....all done with one stamp set! Beautiful:)

Barbara Bruder said...

Dawn I love how you showed the diversity of the stamp. Love all the different looks you can get with that one stamp!!Beautiful cards.

Linda said...

Dawn great caards love how you showed the difference in the gold and silver.

Shona Erlenborn said...

I love that technique Dawn, TFS. Look at all the cards you got using one set. There was certainly a lot of creative juices flowing when you were working on these!

Karin said...

All I can say is WOW! And all with napkins? Such amazing cards and so many differnt looks with just those few stamps! Brilliant and so creative!

Lana said...

Wow how fabulous using the stamp set to create such a variety of fab cards x

Anonymous said...

What a fun way to use your images! Thanks so much for showing us so many ways to use that set! Brenda

April said...

Dawn, these cards are so beautiful! This is inspiring me to use napkins again. it has been years since I have used them for a background. Well done!

Karalee Ingram said...

Very nice, indeed.

Kristin said...

Love the napkin tip! Perfect for scrapbookers who are scrapbooking a special party! Cards are so nice!

Anita Braddock said...

WOW you have made so many Beautiful projects I love them all they have so many cool Elements. love the Napkin use I did that in Ceramics. all the colors are great.
thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.
abbraddock@msn.com

Anonymous said...

I will have to try the napkin technique - who would have thought that was your background. All your cards are very pretty and love how you showed us the easy changes that can be made to create different looks - thanks for sharing.

karenajo

Barbara said...

Love them! What a beautiful set of cards. I haven't used napkins for background paper in long time...think it's time to hit the party section of Target! Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing your lovely work!

NanaConnie said...

WOW! Great examples of the versatility of that stamp set, Dawn. Love the glitter and sparkle. Fantastic cards.

NWFlamingo said...

I'll bet you're like me. You take a tissue out of your purse to use and take the napkin home!

Gina R said...

I am a big flower fan so I think all your cards are absolutely beautiful

Amanda R said...

What an awesome idea to use napkins for the background! Love all the variety of the cards!

Gerlinde said...

Beautiful cards, Dawn! The backgrounds go perfectly with the images!

E. Marie said...

Dawn, you have made so many stunning cards. I love the napkin backgrounds. You have so amazingly creative with this stamp set.

Frann said...

All of your cards are beautiful! I relate to what you said about using napkins. Ever since I tried that technique I've collected quite a stash. After all, you can't buy just one or two napkins.

Jann said...

I love the napkins. I recently got into them and building a stash, and now I have another way to use them, Sounds so simple and hopefully mine will come out as lovely s your did. Great card highlighted and those as "afterthoughts" are inspiring too.

Charlene said...

What a super technique. Thanks so much for the tutorial. Your cards are just beautiful!

TerryH said...

I love working with napkins too! All your cards are beautiful!!

Anonymous said...

I like how you show the versatility of the stamps. Color and embossing play such an important role. Great use of the napkin technique too!

NancyA
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birdibrost@hotmail.com said...

Dawn the use of napkins turned about great. Nice work.

Anonymous said...

wow & I have a drawer full of napkins calling to me such a grand idea & cards Sand rustydoc1@yahoo.com

happy said...

The big flower on your first card looks real. I like the butterfly on the second card.

Kathy Vogel said...

I sure do love what you have done with that stamp set. That napkin technique is fascinating. I'll have to give it a try.

Anonymous said...

Your cards are amazing I really love the colors.

Denise B.

Aileen said...

Your cards are absolutely beautiful. I've used the freezer paper technique and love it also. I loved colors that you used, and I appreciate themany samples with that stamp set.

Julie Z said...

Wow - what a huge collection! You've been busy with that set - how nice all your projects are! And you're tutorials on the hop are always so nice too! TFS all your great projects & ideas with that set Dawn!

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Robyn Rinehart said...

Great Art!!!!

Robyn Rinehart said...

Love your ribbons colors and accents on each card. GREAT JOB!!!!

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