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NC Demo Blog Hop with Painted Harvest

Here I go again.  Painted Harvest.  I just can't stop.  You have joined me for the North Carolina Demo Blog Hop.  Welcome!

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This month we are focusing on techniques.  To be honest, you can't make a card without a technique.  Some are better than others, I admit.  My card today actually has several techniques.

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The card base is Always Artichoke measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.  The Cajun Craze layer is 3 7/8 x 5 1/8.  The Very Vanilla layer is 3 3/4 x 5.

The first technique is using the new Embossing Paste.  I used the brick pattern from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks set.  I did not color the paste.  Add it over most of the vanilla layer leaving some of the edges plain.  Let the paste dry well while you clean your supplies of any extra paste.  It dries pretty quickly so clean it, now!

The next technique is sponging.  It's not new by any means, but it's very effective.  I sponged with a dauber and Crumb Cake.  Try to get it a little darker around the edges. The dried paste will pick up some of the color.

For our next technique, cut out a frame.  The Layering Squares Framelits were used.   Center two of the squares from the sides and a little closer to the top.  Cut these out at the same time.  Adhere the vanilla paper to the Cajun Craze.  Lay the two squares down so that they match exactly how they were before cutting.  Glue down the inside square.  Put the Foam Adhesive Strips around the remaining frame and adhere.  I'm seeing this done a lot lately with the Large Letter Framelits and it is called the eclipse technique.  I guess that would apply here also.

The leaves are all stamped in Always Artichoke.  For the smaller leaves, stamp off the solid stamp.  Punch these out with the Leaf Punch.  The fern leaves and the flower will have to be cut out by hand.  Is that a technique?

The flower is stamped first in Calypso Coral in the larger flower stamp.  Cajun Craze is used for the smaller more detailed flower.  The center is Crushed Curry with some cajun dots.  Arrange the flower and leaves using glue and dimensionals so that it is pleasing.

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The sentiment is from the stamp set At Home with You.  Punch this out with the Classic Label Punch.

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For the inside of the card add another flower using the same colors as the outside. The sentiment is stamped in Always Artichoke and is from Painted Harvest.  Don't forget to carry on the theme by sponging the inside. too.

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Calypso Coral and Cajun Craze are not colors I would ordinarily use together, but they do look good for this card.  I think it goes well with the background.

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NC is full of some very talented stampers!  Don't forget to visit them all!  Melissa Kerman is next.  She always has such beautiful projects!

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Thanks for stopping by.  I hope that you will try the new Embossing Paste.  It's a lot of fun.  I wasn't sure about using framelits on it, but it works great!   Follow me on Pinterest here.

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Beautiful card and I love all the techniques that you shared.

Tracie Evans Langley

Another fantastic card, Jo Anne! I am in love with the Painted Harvest set and now you have given me one more card I have to make! Thanks for participating in our blog hop each month! You are always such an inspiration!

Melissa Kerman

Wow! Super cool card with so many interesting elements! Thanks for sharing!


Jo Anne, you never disappoint me with your creative cards. I love the paste and need to use it more often. Thanks for sharing.

Jo Anne Hewins

Thanks, Frances!

Sue Root

Overachiever! ;) Thanks for pointing out all the great techniques. Yes, cutting the pieces out is a technique - fussy cutting. And you did two-step stamping when you stamped the flower. The attention to detail and all those techniques make this a really great card.

Jo Anne Hewins

Thank you Sue. Sometimes I just get a little giddy over a card and this was one of them. I love it when the picture in your mind comes to life. That's why we all love stamping so much, isn't it. Thanks for your kind words.

Laurie Meier

Jo Anne - I'm not sure where to start on comments about your card. I love everything! The techniques that you used work together so well. The card is absolutely amazing. Thanks for sharing and for giving so many tips. Just gorgeous!

Jo Anne Hewins

Thank you Laurie. You are too kind. Sometimes things just come together and so it was with this card.

Melody Smith

This is a beautiful card, Jo Anne. I will be CASEing it for my next Technique Class. Thanks for the clear instructions. You did a terrific job!

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