Thursday, August 29, 2013

Still Christmas in August...and a Challenge Winner is Announced!!

Gold embossing paste on LL3005 holly by Deborah March

Glossy black embossing paste on LL3005 holly by Elaine Benedict
Violå! We are announcing our August challenge winner at the end of this post...thanks for joining our challenge this month. Now, just one last post for Christmas in August.

I love embossing paste for Christmas cards because when I get ready to get them done it is 'crunch time' and of course I am doing multiples so...I want to do them fairly quickly. So these two cards done by Deborah March and Elaine Benedict are done with Gold Embossing Paste (DGP) and Glossy Black Embossing Paste (DGKP) respectively. One advantage to creating with the embossing paste is being able to attach  crystals to the wet paste like the card you see above created by Deborah March. The wet paste acts like a glue, so you don't need to wait until it is dry to add the crystals.

The card on the right (done by Elaine Benedict) was stenciled with a glue stamp pad (GSP) after the glossy black paste was dry and then the Metallic F/X mica powders were applied on top of that, using a small stencil brush as the applicator.

The Metallic F/X powders used on the holly stencil (LL3005) were ivy garden (F/X11) and kimono red (F/X15). The sentiment, a "Merry Christmas" stencil (LM298), was also paste embossed with the glossy black paste (DGKP). Oooo...lah...lah! Love the black swirly organza ribbon Elaine! Thanks! I love both of these cards, the simplicity makes them easy to do when you are needing that in your busy life. 

For more information on using the embossing pastes watch my DVD-2 "Embossing Paste Techniques for Artful Cardmaking". And for further information on a technique called "power pasting" watch my DVD-3, "Tips and Tools for Creating with Metal Stencils", these helpful tips will showcase the techniques you see on these cards.

Thank you for joining us for Christmas in August. Loved having several newbies join the challenge and Yogi even joined twice....YAY!!! Our random winner this month is Charmaine Stack! So, Charmaine, ... be sure to go to and choose your favorite stencil and then email me your choice at along with your snail mail addy. Don't forget!

Next month we will have two events ...we are doing a cross promo all month long with Art Glitter and their fearless leader, Kristi Van Doren, is our guest artist. We are running our random winner challenge...which is all about Autumn (and glitter of course). And we are doing a blog hop mid-month with Quietfire Rubber Stamp Suzanne's stamps...can't wait to play! So don't forget to stop by and see it ALL! Keep those comments coming!


Jan Castle said...

The holly cards are beautiful...guess it IS time to think about Christmas!
TFS Lynell - so enjoy your Dreamweavers Stencils!
Paper Hugs,

Louise said...

Two beautiful cards! I just love that holly stencil!

Arlene said...

Beautiful cards and thanks for the link too!

Arlene said...

Beautiful cards and thanks for the link too!

Charmaine Stack said...

Oh my goodness - just getting caught up on my blog reading and here I find out I have won a stencil! Thank you so much - I am off to shop. Then I will come back and upload an Autumn card to enter the September challenge. So much fun!

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