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Hi, I'm Pam and thank you for visiting my blog. I have been making cards for over 10 years and am an independent demonstrator for Creative Expressions. I am lucky enough to teach on cruise ships and also get the chance to demo at The Big Stamping and Scrapbooking Show at Alexander Palace. I run workshops for a local craft shop and if anyone would like details of the them please e-mail me at stephen.smith870@ntlworld.com I love to scrapbook but my all time favourite thing is to get messy with ink!

Tuesday 17 December 2013

Mica Powders

Good Morning All.
Isn't it strange how if we don't get good results the first time we use something, we assume we've done something wrong when that might not be the case!

Take my attempts at Mica Powders for instance.  I always seemed to end up with a "bloom" which just looked messy.  Of course, it had to be my fault as everyone else seemed to get fab results with them!

Well, I'm pleased to announce that I think I've finally "nailed it"!!

So without further ado, here is my Creative Expressions Design Team project for today.

Cut a piece of Dark Roast Coffee Cardstock to size and go over it with an anti-static pad.
Ink up the Snowdrop stamp with Perfect Medium Ink and stamp randomly onto the coffee card.
Dust over with Cosmic Shimmer Mica Powders in Gold Pearl and Green Pearl.
Matt and layer onto Foundations Milk Cardstock.

Die cut the Spellbinders Classic Frame in Coffee and Milk Cardstock.
Stamp the Snowdrop onto the centre of the Milk Frame with Perfect Medium and dust with the Mica Powders.  Stamp the sentiment over the top with Coffee Archival Ink and heat emboss with Cosmic Shimmer Clear Embossing Powder.  Glue into place with Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue.
Attach the outer frame with 3d foam pads.

Tie a double bow with Brown Crushed Satin Ribbon and add a Light Brown Dazzler to the centre.  Attach to the card with a glue dot.

To make the flowers:

Paint some watered down Mica Powders on a piece of the Milk Cardstock.  Dry then cut out flower shapes using the Heartfelt Creations Posy Patch Dies.  Place the flowers into the Vintage Plumes Embossing Folder and run through the Grand Calibur.
Make the flowers up.  Glue onto the card and add gems to the centres to finish.

So, what were my tips for the Mica Powders.  Always use an anti-static bag.  Secondly, the results do seem to vary with the quality of the card.  The Foundations Cardstock worked perfectly for me.

That's all from me for today.  I'll be home from the cruise tomorrow (I've been away since November 18th but I was determined to blog!). 

Many thanks for your visit and comments, they are much appreciated.  Until next time.....keep crafting!

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