Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Sweetheart Challenge..

Hi Blogland.. It's another challenge over at the Cuttlebug Blog Spot today.. This week’s challenge is called "Sweethearts", and with Valentine's Day only a week away it's probably about time to get your thinking caps on and get making that special project for the one you love...So, here is another idea for you to try if you haven't made your card already..To start off with, I prepared my Hearts. I decided to use Cosmic Shimmer Mica Powders with my stamp, so first of all I "dabbed" an Anti Static Bag over my chosen card stock. The reason I have applied my Anti Static Bag first is so that when I add my Mica Powder to my stamped image, the powder only sticks to the stamped image and not to the card around it or any finger marks I may have left on it. You'll see the effect in the next few images..I inked my stamp with VersaMarkand then stamped onto my card stock.I then applied my Mica Powder, a little goes a very long way!. I used Jade Teal which is from Set 6, Luscious Greens.I then brushed off the excess. As you can see, by using the Anti Static Bag, the Mica has only adhered to the VersaMark ink, leaving a nice crisp image. And considering the detail of the stamp I have used, I think that it has come out pretty well!.. You could also use an Anti Static Bag when using Embossing Powders as it also helps with this technique too. How many times have you heat embossed an area with embossing powder that you just didn't want? Yeah! Me too...I then cut and embossed the text using the Spellbinders Die Nested Hearts (S4-296).I did this 3 times in all.
I wasn't quite sure how this project was going to be put together, so I thought I'd get all of my elements together, and then take it from there...Therefore, I typed up my sentiment on my PC and printed it onto some Safmat,peeled it from it's backing,and mounted it onto some Gold Mirror card, which was mounted onto some Blue card stock..
So, I have my elements, now for the base card.I found this great Heart background paper in one of the new Kanban paper packs; it was either from the Alchemy or the Odyssey pack. Sorry, there's only one sheet of the paper in the pack and once I had taken it out I couldn't remember which one it came from! Doh! This was matt and layered onto some Gold Mirror card and some Blue card stock, as I had done with my sentiment topper.I then added my Heart shapesand finished the project off with my sentiment.A bit of a change from the traditional Red for Valentine's I grant you, but a change is as good as a rest don't you think?
Don't forget to pop on over to the Cuttlebug Blog Spot to see what my fellow Design Team Members have been up to, and have a go at this weeks challenge yourselves..
Thanks for checking us out, see you soon.


  1. I think this is a fab design and away from the sickly sweet pinks and reds we get every year - pat yourself on the back for a lovely creation. Can you please educate me and tell me what Safmat is?

  2. So gorgeous and elegant! The colors go together perfectly!

  3. This came together beautifully Andy - fabulous.

    Toni xx

  4. Wow Andy! How romantic, it is simply gorgious! Beautifully done!

    It has been snowing here as well, really a lot!! And it is really cold! Good weather for projects!!


  5. Beautiful card, so romantic. Kerry x

  6. Wow this is great. I don't see any reason why we can't use any color we want for the special occasions such as Valentine or
    Christmas. I think it always adds so much interest.