Happy Fall! I have a bunch of cards to share with you today from the October subscription box which is all about eclipse stamping! This may be new for some, but basically you would stamp/color a design and then cut letters into the design and raise them up. It gives a shadow or eclipse look. It is a very cool technique. In the pretty purple box, you’ll find 250 elements including metal dies, acrylic stamps, colored card packs and printed papers, 3 different sizes of card blanks with coordinating envelopes, clear gems, and ribbon in different colors and sizes. The patterned paper in this box is really amazing!!!
Sara Davies, the owner of Crafter’s Companion, always puts together a fun kit that is packed with lots of crafty items and new techniques. My kit was delivered with auto-ship through HSN as always. You can check out Crafter’s Companion website for more information. This kit, as always, is a wonderful bargain. There is a Facebook group that you can join once you subscribe which provides lots of community support and loads of examples; plus, Sara also has a monthly card kit site that you can refer to for demos/project pages.
I used my tri-blend markers to color in all of the images and black and white pens for some highlighting. I really enjoy coloring with these markers since it takes all of the thinking out of trying to find the right blending colors. CC has an amazing range of coloring products that even a novice can use and look like an artist. For glue, I used a combination of xyron tape, 3D glue gel and I used collall wet glue to raise up a few of the ribbons. I would also recommend the Crafter’s Companion glass mat. It is a true game changer. Once you work on a glass surface you will agree!
Here are a few of the cards I made – I hope you get some inspiration…. check out the tip at the bottom to help align the letters…
Here’s a tip to keep your letters aligned: Lay a piece of washi tape sticky side up on your work surface and tape the ends down to keep it in place. Add your letters (face up) in a straight line onto the tape. When you are done you should be able to read the word you are spelling (right direction). Next, lay another piece of washi over the top of your letters. Flip the letters over and remove the first piece or washi tape. You now have letters that can be placed on your card (face down) to be run through your die-cutting machine that are perfectly aligned!!
I hope you enjoyed these cards! Let me know if you have any questions. I would love to see what you create too so please feel free to share! Happy Crafting!!