Sunday, 30 August 2015

AAA Cards #47

Hello friends it's time for a new challenge over at
AAA Cards 
and we are looking for spectacular embossing!
Before I show my card I would like to wish one of my
super talented blog buddies a magnificent birthday today!
Happy Birthday 
Hannelie of Desert Diva and here's to a wonderful year ahead, full of happy memories!
I'm sure many of you will know Hannelie, from blogland; she has AWESOME talent, 
a unique CAS style, queen of the silhouette and sentiment creator supreme! 
If you've never visited her blog you are missing one heck of a treat!
Ok on to my card and if you saw my ATCAS post yesterday 
you'll realise I've been trying out one of Jennifer McGuire's techniques! 
Faux Metal using Perfect Pearls as seen HERE
My card perhaps isn't as CAS as usual but I've tried to keep it to one main 
image using a detailed embossing folder with very little embellishment.

I started out by inking and blending my card panel with various shades
 of blue Distress ink with an ocean / sea theme in mind. Once blended
I painted perfect pearls on top of the distress inks then using a Spellbinders
sea shells embossing folder to create the metallic textured look.
The sentiment, from Clearly Besotted: Dandelion Dreams, is heat-embossed
and to finish I've added some mini pearls and sequins for added sparkle.

It's an 'Anything Goes' week over at Simon Says Stamp so I can't 
resist popping across with another entry for their gallery.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog

.... AND because my inks were on my desk I decided to go with another embossed look!

This time using vellum and heat-embossing.
To begin with I've stamped the florals and leaves from a set by
Uniko: Pure Florals - Chrysanthemums using Versamark ink before
heat-embossing with clear embossing powder. Using blue shades again
I've inked and blended the distress inks over the vellum. 
To hide the adhesive I've wrapped my vellum panel around some light-weight
 white cardstock then adhered that to the card. The sentiment is from the same
Uniko set and is heat-embossed in WOW Metallic silver sparkle.
To finish a few more sparkly gems, strips of glitter and navy cardstock and a 
corner crop to the bottom right corner of the card.

Here's our photo inspiration and I hope you find a little crafty time
to play along with us.

For more inspiration please head over to the AAA Cards blog HERE
where my teamies have created some awesome embossed cards
... PLUS we are introducing our new design team members!
Thanks as always for calling by my blog and I hope you have a fun 
and crafty week! See you soon! 



  1. Beautiful cards! The richness of the dry embossed card is wonderful and I love the ink blending on the second card.

  2. WOW and WOW! Two amazing cards. The faux metal effect is stunning - great photo! The chrysanthemum card is beautiful! Just brilliant.

  3. Gorgeous - both of them! Love what you've done with the perfect pearls though. That is stunning. Xx

  4. Just loving both of these cards. The technique for the shell one is really fabulous and really makes it stand out as a Wow card. Loving it!

  5. Two absolutely fabulous cards Sarah!! Love them - the first one is probably my fave, that embossing folder works beautifully with a metallic effect!


    Di xx

  6. Oh Sarah! You've rocked the Faux Metal Technique! Your sea themed card is FANTASTIC. and yes, it is CAS even if there is no white space. It is glorious. Second card is gorgeous too. Beautiful embossing on vellum. Have a wonderful day!

  7. Wow, Sarah ... the faux metallic texture is stunning on your sea shell card ... really magical! Oh my, those blue sponged blooms ... striking and so stunning! Hugs, Anita :)

  8. Sarah!!! You are blessing me with THE most wonderful words! I can feel the love even though we are thousands of miles apart!
    Big hug to you my friend!
    I love this beautiful blue creations. Just want to touch the first card... and feel how it feels!
    Have a great week!

  9. When i first saw this i thought it was some sort of plastic pearl material you had dry embossed!! I can't believe you got such an amazing glossy look using PP. It really looks like mother of pearl, so the sea shell folder is perfect!

  10. I was wondering how you achieved that stunning metallic effect, looks amazing! And the sea shell embossing folder is just perfect with the blues. Love your second card too, I really must give embossing on vellum a go.

  11. Wow! Super gorgeous sea shell card. I love it. Of course that's no surprise since I love the ocean and beach combing is a favorite hobby. Now I want to add Perfect Pearls and that Spellbinders
    sea shells embossing folder to my wish list. Super embossing on the vellum too. That's really very tricky, I always seem to warp mine. I have vellum from SU. What type do you use? Anyway, enough rambling on! Both of your cards are lovely. :)

  12. I just had to pop in Sarah and tell you how absolutely spectacular your card is!!! You totally rocked this technique by Jennifer and I bet she would be bowled over if she saw it too! The colour and sheen is incredible and I just love the shell embossing. Amazing!!!!

  13. oh y goodness this is a true stunner. Such an amazing metallic look-love, love it x

  14. Wonderful cards Sarah! Especially the first one, I cannot figure out, how you made this happen :)
    See you,

  15. Two fabulous cards Sarah, but I particularly LOVE the Chrysanth one, the tones of blue and layout paired with the flowers is perfection. Hugs Bev x

  16. Oh wow Sarah ( I know I keep saying that), these cards are sooo gorgeous. Love that faux metal effect on the first one esp., must try that ;) Viv xx

  17. Love these gorgeous cards Sarah - that faux metallic technique is just spectacular! And the embossed vellum is so pretty! Very spectacular embossing!

  18. Simply stunning your card! What a beautiful work of art.

    and love the second one too the embossing in white and the sponging is funtastic too
    love them both
    hugs and now it is 00:36 I will go sleep sarah
    here is my card with my family picture at vacation ...(to help you easy to find)

  20. Stunning cards Sarah, the shell one looks amazing! I love the shape of the sentiment too, it's perfect inside the shell, Cathy x


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