Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining

We’re welcoming a dear friend back to the blog today — it’s always fun to see what Lisa has been working on!

The fun part about paper crafting for me is figuring out new (to me) ways of using various products. Necessity certainly is the mother of invention. Oftentimes I figure things out only to find out later that it’s old news and while that might be the case with this technique, it was sure fun to discover as I was creating this card!

Using VersaMark over stenciled and multi-inked images for heat embossing

Handmade card from Lisa Johnson featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Taping the Mini Raindrops Stencil down first to secure it, I sponged over the stencil onto Cornflower Card Stock using Blueberry Premium Dye Ink. After giving it a few moments to dry I used another sponge to apply VersaMark. I removed the stencil and applied clear embossing powder and heat with my heat tool. Lastly, I die cut the prepared card stock with the Cloud Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics and Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics.

Next I die cut the Cloud Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics frame using Smooth White Card Stock. I built a traditional shaker using foam mount tape and acetate on the already prepared raindrop panel and then adhered the frame for a finished look. After filling the shaker area I adhered a layer of Smooth White Card Stock to seal the shaker. I then mounted the finished layer to the card base with foam squares.

Handmade card from Lisa Johnson featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

My Mini MISTI was used to help get the perfect VersaMark coverage for the sentiment. I stamped the Aim for the Clouds sentiment in Blue Breeze. Next I inked the lower part of the sentiment with Blueberry. After letting it dry I stamped the image with VersaMark and embossed it with clear embossing powder. Because I was stamping with the MISTI and had started off with my card stock squared with the corner of the Misti, I went back, placed the card stock back into its spot and repeated that last step to really make the clear embossing stand out. The last step was to die cut the sentiment with the Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips Die-namics and mount to the card.

Try this variation: Sponge the stencil with different ink colors on white cardstock for a fun embossed rainbow or ombre look.

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