Thursday, February 10, 2011

Two Birds of a Feather... Revised

OK... so I was perusing my Big Shot box of supplies and realized that I'd lent my 'Lots of Love' Letterpress Plate (from our Occasions Mini) to my dear friend Christine - who'd recently missed my class... DARN!! So I emailed her to see if she could pop it by.... the temptation to 'fix up' my Two Birds of a Feather card was too tempting.
She did... and THIS is my updated card... the results?? Shimmer-if-ick!!
(If I do say so, myself.)
My other dear friend Patti - had to miss the class, too... (who says Feb. is a slow month??) but she really wanted to make a card for her hubby... so I made this for her to give to him.
Layering the Basic Black card front with the Real Red and the Whisper White Moon... I sprayed my Letterpress Plate w/ our Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spray. I like the idea of the 'sparkle' a moon beam can cause... it's subtle but can really set 'the mood'.
In the Sun.. you can see how the Letterpress Plate debosses (vs. the embossing an Impression plate can do) and with either Ink or, as you can see here, shimmer paint or spray... you can make a subtle impression that sparkles/shimmers. The THREE layers of cardstock aides in creating a deeper impression.*
(*The recommended use of paper for the Letterpress Debossing plates is Watercolor Paper - which is thicker. Using this on our thinner cardstocks like Very Vanilla and/or Whisper White does not create a deep debossed impression. The standard cardstock (in all other colors) does well with the plates but by layering more than one layer - you have a deeper 'mat' for it to make it's impression... creating a nicer effect.)
HERE is a closer look at the Debossed look. With the Shimmer spray - it's very, very subtle but ohhh so cute!! It'd work fine w/out ink or spray... but I do think I'm in-love with the look of the little extra our Vanilla Shimmer Spray adds to it (from our Idea Book, Accessories section). I don't think it takes away from the moon, causing that same 'Man on the Moon' effect that my Vintage wallpaper embossing folder created (see below - the original card) but the words running across of 'Love' is a great Valentines card, Anniversary, Newlywed, etc. card.

After Debossing it - I then adhered the birds and branches... the results?? One of my new favorite cards!! What do you think??
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