Happy Wednesday and it's a sunny but coolish one in our area. Today's card looks much better IRL than it appears in the photo. It has several different techniques used on it.

First let me explain that the card base is a navy blue, but it doesn't look very navy in the photo! The image is unmounted red rubber - and was purchased at the  September Stamp Convention and has no name on it. I think it was purchased from QKR Stampede but not positive. I bought quite a few of the unmounted stamps from this vendor because they had a lot that looked like Zentangles, of which this was one.

- Image stamped in Versamark, then used some sticky embossing powder (NBUS*). Heated from underneath the stamping until the sticky powder got a bit glossy. Used some gold leaf flakes over the stickiness, and rubbed gently with my finger until I got the desired coverage. This was new to me as well as the use of the sticky powder. I had to go to the company's website to find a tutorial as I had forgotten exactly how the vendor demonstrated it. :-) *NBUS = Never Before Used Stuff

- background mat was created with Dylusions, and I think I like this one better than any I've done to date, although it is not photographing well. (Operator Error I'm sure!). I used Orange Zest, Postbox Red, Sunshine Yellow and Calypso Teal. Some of the sprays were full strength (the yellows/orange), the Teal was diluted with White Linen. This was very wet when I decided to stop with the sprays, so I tilted the #90 paper, let the puddles run. Left it alone to dry. Then sprayed very heavily with Perfect Pearls copper.  I was trying for a look that would emphasize the variegation in the gold leaf flakes.   I sprayed the Ram's navy bkground with a Tattered Angels Moonlight color to create some glimmer on the navy blue. (the image reminded me of the Zodiac Ram, so I was thinking Night Sky).

- Elizabeth Craft die cut sentiment from a snippet of the mat background. I recently got a sticker Xyron in an online order that I'd never used. Put the sentiment through it to make an adhesive backing. I had to remove a lot of gluey strings from the resulting sticker before I could attach it to the card.

Not sure I'm liking this particular Zyron tool. Don't think it's one that I'll use a lot.

Have a wonderful day, and share a smile with someone. Hugs


  1. Yes, that does remind of the Zodiac Ram and you created a beautiful night sky for it. What I can see of that bg looks great, too. Super card, Mary!
    I had quite a round with my camera making my last photo, too. I think my problem was the blue sponging I did on my card and it wanted to reflect on the white. Ugh!

  2. Hi honey
    Gorgeous card, love the colors and image.
    Hugs xx

  3. Navy blue or not in the photo - it's gorgeous! Probably the reason for the color being not what it really is, is due to all the shimmer and shine. So lovely and that ram is just gorgeous!

  4. Oh I can just imagine how wonderful this looks in real life Mary, the ram looks stunning in gold leaf flakes - a really beautiful card. Hugs, Anne x

  5. Stunning card Mary. Not seen this one before. Hugs Rita xxxx

  6. This is a real beauty, and the colors look gorgeous in the photo - in spite of what they are IRL. That ram looks so cool with the gold flake! Love the sparkle that matches the framework!

  7. Wow Momma Mary, I am loving this card! That Dylusions background is awesome, I think this one is my favorite as well! Your sprays does make the background behind your image a night time sky look and I love the image embossed! It's hard to get photo's of some of our cards, no fault on you!! Just doesn't always photograph well. I can image that this card looks stunning in real life!! Hugs!

  8. I agree with Anne - I can imagine how beautiful this is in real life Mary! I can tell you are getting so much enjoyment from your Christmas makes. You said Christmas is your thing!!

  9. Your zodiac Ram looks awesome on your card. I bet the card really shimmers IRL. I have just bought some Mega flakes to use but haven't plucked up the courage to take the lid off the tub yet in case it flies everywhere!!! The demonstration I watched on TV made it look very easy peasy but it wouldn't not with my track record. Hugs Mrs A.

  10. Mary I love it! I love all the techniques you used. The gold leaf looks amazing! hope that your month has gone well. I have been busy and have finally returned to my blog.


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