Thursday, August 4, 2011

On The Trail Of The Golden Snail CS42S

Pretty catchy title, huh?  LOL, I heard myself singing that phrase over and over while creating today’s Creative-Sketches Design Team submission! 

This was one of those cards that I kind of “backed into”… The snail image was stamped three times sans greeting onto Very Vanilla Card Stock… and then I set about trying to figure out what to do with them.  Lollygagging for a bit while envisioning a proper background, I decided to paint the snails with Champagne Shimmer Paint, add some soft suede faux stitched lines, and color the little packages with a not quite navy Stampin’ Write Marker!

Colored image and golden snails in hand, I then set about finding Designer Series Paper (DSP) and Card Stock befitting a golden snail!  Well Worn DSP to the rescue, the navy and gold printed pattern was perfect, but needed a little help from brushed gold card stock!

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Backing up a minute… a very interesting phenomenon occurred as I painted my golden snail bodies with a tiny paint brush… if I touched the soft suede ink stamped lines with champagne shimmer paint, the snail turned bright yellow…. almost daffodil delight in color!  Luckily, after drying, a second coat of Champagne Shimmer Paint produced the golden snail color I was seeking!

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Got a little carried away with the textured embossing folders on this one… having matted my image on DSP and cardstock, I found the card a bit lacking…. needing a little texture.

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So three embossing folders were used on the Very Vanilla mat… yes, THREE!   New Products:  Herringbone Textured Embossing Folder, Stripes Embossing Folder… and an old favorite, Square Lattice Textured Embossing Folder were all used on the mat layer along with fabulous Not Quite Navy 3/8” Taffeta Ribbon. 

Butting the two folders together, a bit of space was left between the Herringbone and Square Lattice Textured Embossing Folders… that’s the flat part you see in the photo above.

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LOL… have you ever made a card and thought.. ugh!! that corner needs a little “something’… and then decide the something you really wanted on your completed, finished card was brads?  That’s what I did… but I didn’t really want to pierce all the way through to the inside of the card so…

TIP: 

To add brads to a completely finished card… use a pair of wire cutters or cutting pliers to decapitate the brads… cut their little legs off!  Brad “heads” may then be attached atop the card with a rolled up mini glue dot!  (The mini glue dots are a bit larger than the brad, so I roll and shape them to fill the cap of the brad.)

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The stripes embossing folder and herringbone textured embossing folders, when butted leave no visible sign of change… they butt together leaving a perfectly spaced stripe!

TIP:

When using more than one embossing folder, after butting the folders together, be sure they still fit within the parameters of the Multipurpose Platform before rolling them through the Big Shot Machine.  (LOL… want to know WHY I know this?)

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Here’s today’s sketch… I turned it on it’s side because that’s how I decided to use it!  You may be scratching your head right now, wondering…. haven’t I seen this before?  The answer is yes!  Last week, the team was still on a break, but I just kept on chugging through the sketches and posted this card

LOL… so if you are a reader/follower you may already have your card ready to upload, right?  Luckily our team leader, Connie is quite patient with my absent professor-ness!

See you tomorrow with new card designs and shares!

Hugs,

Sharon

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4 comments:

lisa808 said...

The snails are adorable with the shimmer paint and stitching.

AndiF said...

wow, a LOT of great tips! and those snails are adorable.

Patti said...

Who woulda thunk snails could be elegant!! Great card.

nana_cindy42 said...

I really like this card! I love how you put it all together!