Monday, June 15, 2015

Life Is Better

Instead of creating a card today, I decided to create a "mini portrait" that could be displayed on a small easel stand.  The Life Is Better stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle was used to create this mini portrait.

The image was stamped onto watercolor paper and heat embossed with Black Detail embossing powder.  Distress Markers were used to add color to this little Pomeranian.  A Spellbinders Circle die cut the image and the edges were distressed with Distress Ink (Tea Dye).

The matting was dry embossed with a Sue Wilson Designs embossing folder (Eternity) and then more Distress Inks were added (Festive Berries, Tea Dye, Gathered Twigs).

The "frame" was an experiment where I cut strips of semi-glossy white cardstock and mitered the edges.  These strips were then colored with Gathered Twigs ink.  Next I ran a dot tape runner down the sides and covered the adhesive with Coffee embossing powder and heat set.  This gave me the texture I was looking for.  This adhesive wasn't really heat proof (unlike the SNS Tear-ific tapes, which can take the heat), but I kept the heat far enough away not to scorch the paper, but close enough to melt the embossing powder.

What's a formal portrait without a gold plaque?  To achieve this final part of the equation, I die cut a piece of white cardstock using a Stampendous die (Build a Pop-Up die set) and covered it with VersaMark ink.  Gold Detail embossing powder was added and heat set.  I did this step twice as I wanted it to be nice and smooth.  The "engraving" on the plaque was achieved by stamping the sentiment with VersaMark on top of the Gold Detail.  The embossing ink was covered with Coffee embossing powder and heat set.  Now my mini portrait is complete and ready for any Pomeranian loving dog owner.


Lori Kobular said...

This is gorgeous! I love the embossed background and that great edging! The dog is so sweet and the gold plague is perfect!

rachel said...

great card Anne - not sure if my cat would agree though xx

Shona Erlenborn said...

Love the border and your plaque is super! Great little piece of art.

jimlynn said...

Fantastic! Love the gold plaque and that cute, cute little dog.

Jacee said...

So cute Anne, lovely!
hugs jacee
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Lisa said...

Oh wow, Anne, this is so gorgeous!! I love the sweet little doggie!! The details you added to this are so fabulous!! I love the mitered edges and the texture you achieved with the tape runner (so creative!!) The gold plaque is a perfect touch!! Awesome card!! Have a great day :)

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Linda Simpson said...

Love the cute dog and great background too!
Linda xxx

McCrafty's Cards said...

This is gorgeous Anne, I like the sweet dog and the embossing
Kevin xx

Donna said...

Amazing project and some awesome techniques!

NanaConnie said...

I love that background, Anne! I did my best to convince my fur babies of the truth of your sentiment, but they simply did a slow lash of their feline tails and ignored me. Honey did indicated that if the dog was small enough to terrorize, they might consider letting it in as sort of a toy for them to chase. They're incorrigible! :-D

Lena's Creations said...

Ain't that the truth!!! :-)
Love the embossing and the sweet dog.
Beautiful card, Anne!
Enjoy your day.
♥ Lena
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nwilliams6 said...

True sentiment. I babysat my grand-dog this weekend and I was so sad to see her go. Love the colors on this beautiful card my friend. Cute, cute, cute. Hugz

Shelly Schmidt said...

How delightful- love the sweet pup image, the embossed background and the trim around the edge. Awesome!