Technique Tip: embossed Antique Brads

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How may times have you thought about using the Antique Brads (#117273) but then decided not to use them because it wasn't quite the right color!?  WELL.. problem solved.. emboss it with ANY color embossing powder to customize it for your project!

How to Emboss your Antique Brads:

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Embossed antique brads supplies

Versamark ink pad, #102283

Antique Brads, #117273

Heat Tool #129053

Your choice of Embossing Powder:

Pool Party Embossing Powder #129398

Cherry Cobbler #122949

Melon Mambo, #123223

Basic Black, #109133

Gold, #109129

Pewter, #124114

Silver, #109131

Tangerine Tango, #123106

Tempting Turquoise, #122950

White, #109132

Wild Wasabi, #123224

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Stampin' Pastels... with Sweet Floral

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Today I am featuring these 4 great Stampin' Up! products on my blog:

STAMPIN' PASTELS, item #120962, pg 202

Sweet Floral Background stamp, #122855, pg 151

Versamark pad, #102283, pg 203

Sponge Daubers, #102892, pg 203

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For today's lovely cards, I used an old technique that I used to teach YEARS and YEARS ago, called Poppin' Pastels.  It's very simple.. .stamp your image in Versamark, apply pastels, rub and wow!!  So.. here we go..

1. Ink your image (Sweet Floral Background stamp) in Versamark ink and stamp on Whisper White cardstock:


2. Grab your Stampin' Pastels and your Sponge Daubers


3. using a Sponge Dauber, apply your lightest color first.. here I used Pink Pirouette first - POUNCE up and down all over all the flowers:

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4. next, add a darker pink, here I used Pretty in Pink - again, Pounce up and down but only where you want some darker color:

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Ya, I know.. looks messy... DON'T WORRY...

5.  add another darker pink to just little bits of the image, I used Rose Red:

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6. to blend, use the sponge dauber you used with the LIGHTEST COLOR and POUNCE up and down all over and they will all blend...

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7. Now you are ready to add some green to the stems.. follow the same method, starting with a light green and going to a darker green:

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8.  after adding a 2nd (and/or 3rd green shade) pounce to blend as above

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9. when all your color is applied, swirl lightly over the color with a cotton ball.. use one for the pinks and one for the greens - try not to swirl all over the white part of your paper... it will smear the color.
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10.. lastly... i decided I wanted to see what it looked like with a little yellow added in so I added some Daffodil Delight... .simply delightful.. don't you think????

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Here are 2 finished cards... you could do this with ANY color scheme...

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Do ya like 'em???  I do!!  Now... get some pastels and have fun!

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