Saturday, March 3, 2018

March Leading Lady Lisa Lahiff | Take One

Happy March!  It's a very exciting day as it is the debut of our March Leading Lady, Lisa Lahiff!

Lisa has been someone who has been participating in our challenges for several years now and I always look forward to her entries.  Some time ago we featured Lisa's work HERE and HERE and I felt it was about time we saw more of what she can do!  

I am really excited to see what Lisa will be creating this month as she takes us on an adventure of her own design on Saturdays in March on the w&w blog.

Please give Lisa a big round of applause to welcome her as she steps onto the stage for her first performance as our March Leading Lady! 
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EEEEKKK!!!!  I can not believe I am Guest Designing for the whole month of March, right here on the Winnie & Walter Blog!  This is a dream come true, and I am so very grateful to Shay for this amazing opportunity.  For my posts throughout the month I've decided to go with five various themes, with the hope of inspiring you and maybe even showing you something new so that you can get your Winnie & Walter goodies out and loved! 

Today's theme is titled Emboss-abilities, and I have three specific forms of embossing to share with all of you.  The first being the most typical method of embossing: Heat Embossing.  This technique never get's old when you get to watch the magic of your image coming to life as the embossing powder melts.


For this first card I've used the For Luck Stamp Set (was free with qualifying purchases through February 23rd and will be available for purchase later), and I've heat embossed the three clovers within the set.  While the smaller two clovers are embossed with Gold Embossing Powder, I chose to give the largest clover a little more interest by embossing the top in Gold and the bottom half in Rose Gold.  I also chose to emboss these clovers onto vellum rather than plain cardstock.  I knew that I would be popping these up on patterned cardstock, so the vellum was perfect for allowing the patterned paper behind it to look softer around the clover.  I also chose to emboss my sentiment strip edges with gold embossing powder by rubbing the edges with my Versamark ink pad.  Finally, I cut my background panel with the Essentials: Lana Cutaways, adhered my clover, and added a few Metallic Gold Cupped Sequins.


The second type of Embossing that I wanted to share with all of you is Embossing Paste.  Embossing paste comes in lots of various forms, including with glitter as I have used here.  This specific Embossing Paste is called Glimmer Paste by Nuvo and this stuff sure shines! (I swear you're going to think I'm a Raccoon by the end of this post with all this glitz! And you might not be wrong lol)


I really love how this card turned out.  First, I needed something to run my embossing paste over so I created my own temporary stencil of sorts by using the negative of the large Love cut from the In a Word: Love Coordinating Cutaways and masking paper.  Once my mask was cut, I covered 3/4's of the word with Tanzanite Lavender and the top most part with Golden Crystal pastes.  After I had applied both colors I then removed the masking paper to reveal my embossed word.  You do not want to wait long to remove the paper as you will run the risk of the paper sticking to the paste and not giving you the crisp lines.  Another tip is to make sure your masking paper is pressed firmly onto your background, so that no paste can get under the paper.

Various embossing pastes have different drying times.  While mine was drying I worked on the rest of my card.  I wanted to layer my sentiment, so I chose the thin script love sentiment in this set and die cut it with Gold Cardstock.  I then stamped, heat embossed, and cut some floral images from the In Bloom: Ashlee's Rosie Posies with Lydia Evans and with it's coordinating dies.  I love the whimsical look of the flowers in this set, and I went with complimentary colors.  Once everything was dry I cut the panel from the Essentials: Audrey Cutaways.


For my final card today I chose to Dry Emboss the main sentiment using the In a Phrase: Hugs & Kisses with Angelica Suarez Cutaway.  Now, I know that this almost looks like it has been in-laid rather than embossed, but I promise you it wasn't I simply used the deep emboss technique with my Gemini rather than the lighter one. You can also tell it is embossed by the impression of the dies outter edge lines.


I love the dry embossing technique as it gives your dies one more way to be used!  Along with the hugs & kisses sentiment I also chose to dry emboss some hearts from the Essentials: Audrey Cutaways, and a small border die from the Georgette Border Cutaways.  I then stamped a few words from the Sentimental: Love Stamp Set in a contrasting black ink, and adhered my panel onto some patterned paper.  Next, I stamped, colored and die cut that sweet little pup from the Dog-gone Cute with Evelin T Designs and it's coordinating cutaway set.  For a finishing touch I added a few sequins.


Thank you so much for stopping by today for my first post as a Winnie & Walter Guest Designer!  I hope I've inspired you to get crafty, try something new, or pull out an old trick.  I would love for you to stop by my blog, Lisa's Creative Niche,  for a chance to win a $30 gift card so generously donated by Shay to the Winnie & Walter Store.


Happy Crafting!
Lisa


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22 comments:

  1. Beautiful cards! I really love those embossed shamrocks! Happy to see Lisa as your Leading Lady this month.

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  2. Congrats on being the LL for March! I love the first 2 elegant cards & the last one is adorable!

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  3. Gorgeous cards! I love all the gold on the first two, and I love the dry embossing and cute pup on the final card! Congrats to Lisa on your Leading Lady feature!

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  4. Wow..I loved all the embossibilities you have shared today Lisa ! Wonderful cards :)

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  5. Well.....this was certainly a lovely tutorial on embossing with beautiful examples!! I heat emboss a lot but have not done much with embossing paste and never embossed with dies before. Thank you for this inspiration!!!
    <3 J

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  6. Congratulations! 馃帀馃帀馃帀 Lovely group of cards featuring embossing. Heat embossing was what hoked me to this hobby.

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  7. Thanks for sharing these great cards using different types of embossing.

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  8. all cards are so very nice!
    hugs

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  9. So rich and beautiful! Love them all!

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  10. How exciting to see your beautiful cards Lisa, and with my favorite technique of embossing no less! LOVE the heat embossed lucky clover.

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  11. Loving all the gold elements on your lovely cards.

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  12. Oh my ! This is a wonderful set of cards !
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  13. Love the gold in the first two, and the puppy is so cute in the last one. Such amazing cards!

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  14. Congrats on being the new Leading Lady, Lisa!!! Beautiful cards!!!

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  15. Gorgeous embossing pastes. Beautiful cards. Hugz

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  16. love each technique and card, but that shamrock in gold is gorgeous!

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  17. Love the cards! Great technique!

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  18. Wow.. beautiful set of cards Lisa..Love each one of them.

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  19. Congratulations Lisa.. I love your cards style.. you have your own unique designs..love your second card so much..can't wait to see more of your creations..

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