Friday, October 30, 2015

Deep Impressions Happy Birthday Card


Karen H. here and today I am sharing a musical birthday card I made with Crackerbox Palace’s awesome stamps and a technique called Deep Impressions from the fabulous Fran Seiford of Stampendous. Vicky Briggs of CBP took me and a friend to the summer CHA in Chicago this year and it was there I first saw Fran demonstrate this technique. I was fascinated and immediately bought a bunch of awesome aged embossing enamels from Stampendous. Usually you start with a die cut out of chipboard, but one day it occurred to me that a simple stamped shape would work as well as a die cut shape. I stamped Crackerbox Palace’s guitar on chipboard twice and cut them out. I placed thechipboard guitars on a piece of teflon hot sheet (like the craft sheet by Ranger) on an electric griddle heated to 300 degrees. I sprinkled ultra thick clear embossing powder (available from Ranger and Stampendous) and let that melt. Then I sprinkled on Aged Gold embossing enamel (from Stampendous) and while that was molten, removed the guitars from the heat and stamped with Crackerbox Palace’s guitar stamp. This technique works best with die cuts or stamps that are not super detailed. I stamped CBP’s musical “Happy Birthday to You” with several shades of blue ink, and attached the card front to a blue card base. The beautifully textured guitars were attached with strong scor-tape.

Crackerbox Palace smiles, Karen

Friday, October 16, 2015

Boooo-gie Nights Sponging Card


Karen H. here and today I am sharing a Halloween card I made with Crackerbox Palace’s awesome stamps and a die from Die-Versions. I cut a mask out of acetate with Die-Version’s Patterned Pumpkin. I taped the mask down over a cream colored card piece and also masked a moon. Then I sponged red, orange and black distress inks, and yellow on the moon after removing that mask. I stamped Crackerbox Palace’s trick or treating kids parade and my favorite Halloween sentiment, “Booo”gie Nights, and attached the completed piece to a black cardbase.

Crackerbox Palace smiles, Karen


Friday, October 09, 2015

What Kind of Car Does a Ghost Drive?


Karen H. here and today I am sharing a Halloween card I made with Crackerbox Palace’s awesome stamps and a new embossing folder from Darice. If you follow me, you know I am always looking for great stamps to make cards for my kids at Send a Smile 4 Kids. Kids love jokes and riddles, so this “ghost car” and the funny CBP sentiment that goes with it are perfect for a child’s Halloween card. I started with a black card base that I embossed with the googly eyes embossing folder. Then I stamped the ghost car and cut it out. I folded a small piece of white cardstock in half and stamped the riddle question on the front. On the inside I stamped the punch line: 

Too cute! I added a few sets of colored googly eyes to complete the fun Halloween card.

Crackerbox Palace smiles, Karen

Friday, October 02, 2015

"Booo"gie Nights Stormy Halloween Card


Karen H. here and today I am sharing a Halloween card I made with Crackerbox Palace’s awesome stamps, Bister powders and some new dies. Black Bister powders sprinkled on watercolor paper and spritzed with water results in a background that looks like a cloudy stormy night. I just purchased the bats dies (Impression Obsession) and the bare trees die (Penny Black) and I thought they would be perfect on a Halloween card cut in black. I stamped Crackerbox Palace’s “Booo”gie Nights and the trick or treating kids using my MISTI so I could easily stamp them several times in black ink on the stormy Bister background. I love how this card turned out!


Crackerbox Palace smiles, Karen

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