Monday, November 9, 2015

You Light Up My Life

This was a quickie card, inspired by Shopping Our Stash's "Light My Fire" challenge. As soon as I saw the challenge, I knew I had the perfect, until-now-unused stamp sitting in my collection.

When I finally sat down to make the card days later, I decided to use a partially-altered kraft card base that has been sitting on my desk for about a month. The card base was originally an idea I was toying with for my Spooky Halloween card set (sponged black pigment ink background instead of the black cardstock background I went with), that ended up being a dumping ground for a leftover batch of customized modeling paste. The customized modeling paste had added black acrylic craft paint and Prisma ultra fine multi glitter. I smoothed the leftover paste into a very fine layer over the sponged black ink using an old plastic gift card, and a funny thing happened. The Prisma glitter that normally looks very white? When the modeling paste was thinned out, the exposed glitter was suddenly only green, blue, and red. No white to be seen! It's amazing how our eyes process color!

So over this existing card base, I just did a simple Versamark stamp of Hot Off The Press' "Light Bulb", covered with white embossing powder, then added an alpha-stamped strip of silver washi tape. I liked the somewhat-accidental "light" halo around the light bulb, leftover from the embossing powder catching on the modeling paste. For the alphabet stamping, I tried both my black StazOn and Versafine on the metallic washi tape, but neither turned out very dark. The final version used StazOn ink to prevent smearing.

{crafted while listening to David Lagercrantz's "The Girl in the Spider's Web" audiobook}

Entered in:
613 Avenue Create - Challenge #149 anything goes
A Bit More Time To Craft - Challenge #7 anything goes
Crafting By Designs - anything goes challenge
Crafting From The Heart - Challenge #85 anything goes 
Crafts Galore Encore - "Use a Stamp or Digi Image" Challenge
Create and Inspire - Challenge #33 anything goes
Creative Fingers - Challenge #97 anything goes 
Creative Moments - Challenge #80 anything goes
Papertake Weekly - Challenge anything goes
Shopping Our Stash - Challenge #226 "Light My Fire" - Top 3 Winner!
Sisters of Craft - November Challenge anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #208 anything goes
Your Scrapbook Place - November Challenge anything goes 


  1. Wow, you really went for "stash"! An as-yet-uninked stamp AND a rescued UFO. And those flecks of color in the black? The same thing happens with the Brusho black pigment powder. It is so cool!

    And yeah, as keeper of an embarrassingly large collection of washi tape, I, too, have difficulty stamping on it. I just got a Staz-on reinker, so I'm all set. :)

    Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

    1. I've never seen the Brusho powders before; those look awesome!

  2. Perfect image for the challenge, thanks for playing along with Shopping Our Stash for Light my Fire challenge.

  3. ok, i concur utterly with m'colleagues as to the brilliance (in every sense, lol) of this card, the bonus points for superior stash and UFO usage, perfection in meeting our SOS challenge, and just the all-round awesomeness of this in every sense. but what's really got me is: THE SENTIMENT IS STAMPED ON WASHI TAPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (HOW did i never ever think of that??!?!) literally a lightbulb moment right here, lol! ♥♥♥

  4. Ohhhhhhh this is perfect for our challenge!! Thanks for playing along with the crew at SHOPPING OUR STASH for our "Light My Fire" challenge!

  5. Great card. Thank you for sharing at Creative Moments. Rebecca x

  6. I am always fascinated by how we process colour - and by how different supplies interact. This is pure awesome, and I am so glad you were inspired to come play with us at SOS :)

  7. Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge …………..great project and good luck x

  8. Great idea for a card, very effective design. Thanks for joining in with the Sisters of Craft Challenge, good luck and best wishes, Anne DT.