CASEplorations-January guest designer

CASEplorationsJanuary2016Hi there! I’m honored to join CASEplorations for their January challenge. I’ve created two cards inspired by the one above, which is from this older post & uses a technique that I just love, coloring embossing paste.Bold Florals - ARTplorations StencilI thought it would be fun to use the colored embossing paste to color the flowers & leaves on the Bold Florals stencil by STAMPlorations.
Bold Florals - ARTplorations StencilYou can see what a hot mess this looks like above, but when you smooth it all out is comes out pretty nifty! I used the same distress ink colors from my original card: Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn and I also broke out the Twisted Citron because it’s my favorite color on earth.Bold Florals - ARTplorations StencilI tried something new, which turned out fantastic, to get a nice, dimensional word die cut. I adhered black cardstock to a piece of white fun foam and then ran it through my big shot with the Painted Hugs die and voala! it worked like a charm.
Bold Florals - ARTplorations StencilThis next card uses the same colors but this time on the Bubbles stencil.Bubbles - ARTplorations StencilYou can see how I added the embossing paste. This way is much easier than what I tried on the first card, but both are super fun to do. Doesn’t that paste just look like frosting? Don’t lick it!
Bubbles - ARTplorations StencilI kept the sentiment very simple as in the inspiration card with black white, loosey goosey thread and some clear droplets.
Bubbles - ARTplorations StencilThe sentiment is from Best Hugs and coordinates perfectly with the Painted Hugs die.Bubbles - ARTplorations StencilCheck out the CASEplorations blog and play along for your chance to win some prizes!!! Thanks so much for stopping by!

61 thoughts on “CASEplorations-January guest designer

  1. What can I say??? I love the cards. The colors are so beautiful. I love the embossing paste and the fact that you use fun foam on the back of your die cut (I do that too). Just perfection!!!

  2. “Don’t lick it!” HAAAAA u crack me up Laura Bassen!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love your posts ๐Ÿ™‚ and P.S. that die cutting tip sounds AWESOME!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing it ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Awesome. I love both cards. Neat effect. Thanks for the tip about the stock stacked on foam. What a great idea.

  4. HELLO




  5. WOW!!!!!!
    Want to try it right away!!
    so I will start now…..
    Thanks Laura for the inspiration…
    Groetjes Holly.

  6. These cards are phenomenal and I love both of them and I wish this one really had a video so I could see how you smoothed them out without mixing the colors too much. But man are the GORGEOUS.

  7. I love these cards! Love the stencil and texture paste on these cards! Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

  8. These are gorgeous! I love the colors you used. Thanks for the tip about adhering the cardstock to the fun foam before die cutting – that’s so much easier than doing it afterward.

  9. Beautiful colorful cards that I would love to make to get some use from my stencils. BUT how did you get such a smooth finish? When you scraped off the paste from the stencil it didn’t mix up the colors? I’ve never tried this before but sure seems I would mess it up with swirls of colors mixing. Thanks for an inspirational post today!

  10. I never tried this but I would love to do it. The colors are amazing. But Laura, how will this technique register in my brain when I didn’t hear your voice or see your video on this. You know I enjoy your videos and so does my 4 year old daughter too.

  11. So wonderful, Laura! I haven’t tried embossing paste yet, but you have inspired me to get messy and try it! Thanks for the great tip to add dimension to the word die cut, too. You’re the best, Laura! Happy New Year! โ™ก

  12. I love the colors and the technique is simple but very creative. Makes me want to go out and get some embossing paste. Wonderful dimension on the card! Beautiful Happy New Year 2016!

  13. Love the colors! One of my goals is to learn how to use embossing paste. Thanks for the inspiration. How do you get the loosey goosey thread to stay so nice? I havent figured that out.

  14. I adore how you did these cards! But, I must say, I do scroll through the blog looking for a video. Of all the paper crafting blogs, I look forward to your videos the most. You always make me smile and, most of the time, laugh out loud! Thank you for sharing your true self with those of us out here who love paper inspiration. You’re the best!

  15. Your cards are beautiful. Love the colors. I have some yet to use paste that just might need to come out to play. Thanks for sharing.
    Crafty hugs,

  16. Absolutely GORGEOUS cards, Laura! Thanks so much for the step-by-step tutorial, and for the tip on your die cut sentiment! I can’t wait to play along!!!

  17. WOW! Your creative juices just keep on flowing and flowing and flowing….like the Ever-ready battery that never runs out! I LOVE these creations. Absolutely AWESOME! Thanks so much for sharing.

  18. They are awesome, but I also would love to know how you removed the paste without mixing it up too much??

  19. Love both your cards. Thanks for the tip of adhering the cardstock to the foam and the die cutting, I am going to try that!

  20. Love these cards – but I always get hungry for birthday cake when you do this…! It’s a great nudge to get my stencils out, tho – I need to use them more often – and thanks for the tip about adhering fun foam to cardstock before die-cutting – love it when I can simplify an operation like that!

  21. The colors are so bright and pretty! Just saw a video using this techinique, paste with colors, will need to give this a try!

  22. Wow! Those are absolutely gorgeous.. I knew you were great at blending on cards, but with paste? You continue to amaze me, Laura.. Love it!!! ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—

  23. Wow! I love all of these, and you are extremely brave in my book for getting your different colors of paste so close together! All turned out marvelous though!!!

  24. Hi, Laura! Happy New Year! I love our cards and your ideas. Dumb question: The embossing paste is white, right? I know that you used Distress Inks to color the paste, but how? Did you dab the inks onto the paste? Anyway, it looks fabulous.

  25. Beautiful cards and love the look. The first card is my favorite for all the messy look I still love the end result. I take it you used reinkers to color the paste?

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  27. I apologize. I said a curse word when I realized there was no video. I guess I’m having Laura withdrawal. As usual, I love this card.

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