Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Pals May Blog Hop: Stepping Up With Textures or Techniques

Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for May 2016.  We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month we are featuring projects that are “stepped up” by using textures or fun techniques. We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full line-up will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

When I think of "texture", I automatically think not only layers of color, but all of the wonderful embossing folders Stampin' Up! has to offer. 

My project utilizes layers of color applied to a piece of watercolor paper  with an Aqua Painter using Stampin' Up! reinkers. Using ink straight from the reinkers will give you a more intense color than just using a bit of ink from the lid of your stamp pad. (I just squeeze a few drops out on one of my clear blocks to make a "paint palette" of sorts) I then used one of my favorite (retiring) embossing folders called Modern Mosiac to add raised texture to the piece of torn watercolor paper. 

For the next step, I swiped a Versamark pad across the raised area and embossed it using Gold Stampin' Emboss powder.  I don't worry if I have a bit of stray embossing powder on the recessed areas, but if you have too much, use a tiny paint brush to brush it away before you use your heat tool to set the powder. 

The "hello" is from the retiring Greetings Thinlits. I think the Gold Metallic Thread and the Gold Sequins were the perfect embellishment to finish this card off. 

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

  1. Kim Jolley at Stampin' Artfully     (you are here)

My color inspiration for this project:

Supply list:

I'm always sad to see some of my favorites on the Stampin' Up! retiring list, (some are up to 50% off) but I am SO excited about the new catalog items available in June! Out with the with the new. Quantities are limited, so order your favorites right away. 

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As always, let me know if you have any questions about the project or the products used. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Artfully Yours,


  1. OH... MY... I admire your card techniques, Kim... and this is no exception. Simply LOVE!

  2. Love this exceptionally textured card! This is CAS stepped up to exquisite perfection!!

  3. Your card is just wonderful! Love the textures and fantastic color combo!!

  4. A beautiful card, Kim! I love the watercolor combination of colors, along with the gold embossing. So rich! A really beautiful card to highlight the Textures and Techniques theme!


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