I think my biggest buys were on Spellbinders, Heartfelt Creations, Cherry Lynn and Marianne dies. I did stock up on a few Prima flowers and a couple of embossing folders. I'm at the point where these are the items I need most, excluding paper of course...speaking of the new Graphic 45 collection "Steampunk Spells" is available and they have done it again with a fantastic design. The other design "Bohemian" is filled with ocean colors and has a nice relaxing feel but the Steampunk is definitely my type of paper.
After completing our inventory and balancing our checkbooks we started creating and we had a ball. I think it was after 2:00 a.m. before we finally called it a night with plans to play a bit more the next day and so far we haven't stopped the creating and learning. This is just fun! fun! fun!
Well moving right along...today I thought I would try a new technique and create a Father's Day card for my best buddy using that technique. I started with the faux leather technique, but thanks to my BFF I ended up using the faux patina technique. I think it turned out really nice although it is just a bit more shiny than I had intended. I'm happy with it though and hope you will try the technique for yourself. See my card below and the tutorial can be found under my tutorial tab above labeled "Faux Patina".
The background I created using an embossing folder, ink, and embossing powder. It's a really cool technique and its not hard to do which makes it even better for me. Below is a close up of the faux patina look. This technique adds the look of old metal that was once shiny and I think it is the best technique when you need to make a card with a masculine feel.
Well its back to creating...I have one more day before I return to the routine of life, yep its back to work for me, but I 'll find time to scrap.
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