Today's special guest star is a very talented, sweet and delightful designer who dazzled us with her work as our November Leading Lady. I of course mean our friend, Jessica Frost-Ballas! Please CLICK HERE to see her past work on the w&w blog. I am so thrilled to have her on the w&w blog once again to share in our birthday celebrations.
Now it's Jessica's turn to take over the w&w blog....
Good morning! Jess here from All the Sparkle and I am so excited to be a guest for Winnie & Walter's Birthday Bash! I decided to combine a few of the fun birthday challenges for my card! I'm playing along with Gayatri's Cute Critter challenge, Kate's Sequin challenge, and Vanessa's Ink Blending challenge! You would think that combining that many challenges would result in a pretty busy card but surprisingly it's very CAS! ;)
I apologize for the photos...It was tricky to take a photo with different sparkly components and I ended up having to take it outside which is why there are really dark shadows! I adore the Big Hugs with Evelin T Designs stamp set and thought it would be perfect for a shaker card! So I started by prepping a piece of heat-resistant acetate with my powder tool and then used my MISTI to stamp the elephant duo onto the acetate with versamark. I heat-embossed the elephants with silver sparkle embossing powder. Two hints when working with acetate: handle it as little as possible (especially in the winter or in dry climates) so you cut down on static electricity which will mess with your embossing powder and make sure your heat gun is really warmed up before you bring it to the acetate. You want the powder to melt instantly to reduce the likelihood of the acetate warping. Aren't those ellies adorable?! I love the interlocking trunks!
Next I used the coordinating dies to die-cut the elephants from a white cardstock panel. I also stamped the sentiment from Big Hugs with versamark and heat-embossed it with silver embossing powder. Then I blended spun sugar, milled lavender, and dusty concord distress ink onto a piece of watercolor paper to create a soft ombre wash behind the shaker. I adhered the acetate to the back of my die-cut panel and added a double layer of foam tape around my elephants and on the back of the white cardstock. I recently discovered these iridescent clear sequins that have a soft lavender and pink shimmer and thought they'd be perfect inside the shaker! I really overfilled the shaker because I wanted the elephants to be totally "made" of sequins! Finally I adhered the distress ink blended background to seal off the shaker and then added a few more sequins to the front of the card. I used the same iridescent sequins along with a couple metallic silver sequins!
Thanks so much to Shay and Winnie & Walter for inviting me to guest-design this month and here's to many, many more birthday bashes to come!! :)