Thursday, April 18, 2013

A Shower of Blessings

This month our challenge is Mists, Drizzles and Showers.  It does not have to be a literal shower.  You can follow the theme by using Memory Mists or something like them, too.  If you create a "misty" project, don't forget to email a picture to for your chance to be published on the blog and possibly win a prize! 

Here in Michigan, it has been doing almost nothing this April EXCEPT showering--oh yes, and SNOWING (but we won't discuss that here).
Embossing Tool (large or small)
Small Stencil Brush (Blue Handled or Gold Handled)
Manual Die Cut Machine
Heat Gun
Orange Twine by American Crafts
Graphic 45 Secret Garden Collection Patterned Paper
Card Stock

1)  Run the Rain Stencil through your die cut machine with the blue card stock and the Stamping Details Mat in place.  For the Cuttlebug, the sandwich is A Plate, stencil face down, card stock, rubber mat and the two B Plates.  For extra depth, spritz the back of your card stock with a little rubbing alcohol before you set it on the stencil.
2)  Position the Umbrella Stencil where you would like it.  Working from the back and "feeling" you way, hand emboss using the embossing tool.
3)  Flip the card stock and stencil over.  Use the Versamarker on the handle, tips and top.
4)  Remove the stencil and cover the Versamarker sections with the embossing enamel.  You can flick off all the extra powder before heating if you like, but I sort of liked the little flecks of black that were in the Stampendous enamel.  They reminded me of "splash back" from the rain on the umbrella.
5)  Heat set the powders.
6)  Place the Umbrella Stencil on the patterned paper and trace the outline with a Micro Pen.  Cut out.
7)  Use the fine tip and glue to select embossed rain drops to glitter.
8)  Glue the cut out umbrella to the embossed one.
9)  Sand both sides of the shrink plastic.
10)  Cover one side of the shrink plastic with Popcorn Chalk Ink.
11)  Use the Rain Words Stencil to create a saying on the other side of the shrink plastic.  Use the stencil brush and the Ocean Chalk Ink.
12)  Cut a shape around the words.  Punch a large hole with the Big Bite.
13)  Outline the words with your Micron Pen.  Please note that the color will NOT be permanent until the plastic is shrunk.
14)  Use the heat gun to shrink the plastic.
15)  Attach tag with twine and assemble card.

The paper piecing here was inspired by what I saw on another blog last time.  It is so easy to become inspired by some of my talented fellow team members, that perhaps you should check them out before you create your own entry:

Dream It Up!

Alison Heikkila

Laura Drahozal 

Lyn Bernatovich 

Pam Hornschu 

Heidi Erickson 

Louise Healy 

Jessica Griffin 

Cyndi Bundy


  1. What an adorable card! I love how you used the stencil to create the umbrella.

  2. Great card Laura. I love the patterned paper on the umbrella.

  3. Love your paper-pieced umbrella, with the embossed handle and tip, and your shrink tag. Very cute!

  4. As you know...I especially love the way you do the shrink plastic sentiment. And the paper piecing is so bright and fun!

  5. Beautiful card! I love the paper pieced umbrella, and your shrink plastic tag.

  6. I really like the movement of this card as if it's actually raining! Is that G45 paper I spy?

  7. How cute is this!?!! Love the stenciled words on the shrink plastic to make a charm. I shrink images a lot but have not tried it using the Chalk inks... thanks for the good info! The paper piecing is so cute too!

  8. Sweet card Laura, the paper is so pretty and makes a perfect umbrella! Love the shrunk tag too!

  9. love this card and paper is so pretty. of course glitter is good!