Saturday, March 26, 2016

March Leading Lady Maria Fischer | Take Four

Today is the last performance from our marvelous March Leading Lady, Maria Fischer.  March has been all the more magnificent because of Maria!  The last four weeks with Maria have been incredible.  Maria's strong sense of style, amazing talent, skill and keen ability to inspire brought week after week of joy.  Thank you, thank you Maria!

If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE or sensational second performance focusing on the illustrated trend CLICK HERE or her triumphant third performance showcasing bold and stunning stripes CLICK HERE!

Lucky for us all we have her final command performance today.  

Time flies when you're having fun! And boy did I have fun playing with my w&w goodies. I appreciate your stopping by on this holiday weekend for Take Four of my Leading Lady stint at w&w. Thanks again to Shay for having me, and to all of you for your lovely comments. 

I'm wrapping up my gig with trendy METALLICS.

Gold. I don't think you could have missed this trend, thank you iPhone. Just when you thought gold might be going out of style in the cardmaking world, gold foiling hit the market and now metallics of all colors are all over the place. A touch of metallic sure gives a card pep. Let's take a look at some metallic options.

I sneaked a couple cards using gold foiled PP into Take Three. Did you see them? Well, I personally like metallics in stripe form, so I went about creating my own rose gold (thank you iPhone) stripes using recycled packaging to make this banner for my daughter's room. I missed her while she was on a ski trip :)

I die cut the circles using the solid and faceted dies from True Multifaceted Circle CutawaysI left some of the facets in and backed the faceted circles with a circle of pink watercolor washed CS. Added punched circles of vellum and die cut woodgrain letters to the circles too. Stop by my blog to see how I assembled the banner.

Moving on. What better way to get a touch of metallic onto a project than with those shiny little pieces of plastic we've come to know and love? Sequins. And why not use lots of them from Lucy's Walter's Sparkly Shaker Selection mix. And pair them up with shimmer cardstock, gold washi and gold ink spray?

Meet Card #1

The Flawless Diamond Cutaways lends itself perfectly to shaker making. I cut it from aqua shimmer CS, cut the solid out of a Neenah white panel and added a smooshed-with-Distress-Inks-and-splattered-with-gold-spray-ink background piece behind it. My sentiment is from My Precious which complements the faceted dies perfectly. Just look at all that metallic goodness trapped in that gem! Even tiny little clear stars - how lovely!

Card #2

Another oldie, but goodie for adding a metallic touch to a project is Perfect Pearls. With this faux metal technique (a la Jennifer M.) you brush them onto a Distress Inked area while it is still damp. I inked the masked area with Evergreen Bough and Cracked Pistachio. TIP: Use a water/Perfect Pearls mixture in a mini mister to lightly spray the finished area and set the Perfect Pearls.

When the panel was nearly dry I dry embossed it using Cover Model: Multifaceted Cutaway which I had cut from a cereal box. Isn't this geometric design perfect for the faux metal look? To finish off my card I added an offset layered "wishes" cut from shimmer CS using The Big, The Bold and Party Cutaways. and a heat embossed sentiment from The Big, The Bold and Party.

Remember how I said I like a little touch of metallic on cards? Well get ready for metallic overload.

Meet Card #3

Yep. That was white CS. Applied metallic embossing paste through the Scenery:Pattern of the Rings stencil. Punched a circle out of scrap paper and used the negative as a stencil to sprinkle silver embossing powder onto the lower portion of the circles only while the paste was still wet. Let it dry and then hit it with the heat gun. Voila! How's that for sparkle and shine?

Couldn't cover up all that gorgeousness, so I added a heat embossed on vellum tree from Kindness with Evelin T Designs over one stamped onto PP and fussy cut. The "hugs" is from The Big, The Bold and Friends. The secondary sentiment is one of the many wonderful options in Kindness.

Well, that brings us to the end of this month of my Leading Lady gig! It sure was a pleasure to be here and share my takes on WATERCOLOR, ILLUSTRATED, STRIPES and METALLICS with you. I hope you've enjoyed yourselves. Remember to leave a comment on all four of my Leading Lady posts over on my blog to be in the running for this giveaway. And if you're celebrating, have a beautiful Easter!



  1. Maria is so talented, all these projects are amazing!

  2. Such an EXcellent month with MARIA!!!

  3. Maybe my favorite of all your posts, Maria--love every single project! Your work is so inspiring--thank you!

  4. Beautiful Maria. Love them all. (The first one is amazing for a newly engaged couple!)

  5. So much to love here, Maria is amazingly talented!!!

  6. I have enjoyed everyone of your Leading Lady posts Maria & today is no exception. Such beautiful work.

  7. WOW - I am almost overwhelmed by the AWESOMENESS of your METALLIC MAGIC Maria!!!
    LOVE the BEAUTIFUL designs of ALL your projects, LOVE the EXCITING techniques you have combined too!!!
    THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing, you have been an AMAZING Leading Lady :)

  8. These are great! I love the metallics used. My favorite is the shaker card, I just love that diamond die.

  9. There is no end to your awesome talent, Maria ... I'm (almost!) speechless at the genius and creativity on display ... a Leading Lady of Leading Ladies! Hugs, Anita :)

  10. Amazing creativity and talent Maria! I've thoroughly enjoyed 'meeting the metallics' projects you've featured here: incredibly ingenious and wonderfully beautiful! Your 'embossing folder' created by cutting the multi-faceted die with a cereal box: fantastic! Added to my 'must try' list (along with everything else you've showcased. I *need* to gon on a W&W shopping trip...

  11. Wow, love them all but I love the last one the most!


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