Thursday, January 8, 2015

PURPLE...

Hello my wonderful friends!

It's time for another Unity hop!
(and sale!)


Well, the recent rains in the area have stopped... Aside from minor flooding in the garage and the driveway becoming kinda dangerous, things are good for my family. My prayers go out to all those who had more damage... including those who homes where taken in mudslides... Feeling grateful for sunshine right about now. 


Do you like challenges? Do you join in Unity's? You should! It's a great way to be inspired, share your work with others so they can be inspired by you... and you could win $100 worth of stamps... Yup. Awesome. 

The new one is up and running... find all the info HERE

Here's one of my takes on the new challenge... I used the card sketch as well as the colors... Love them both!  I heat embossed the background image (stamped twice) with clear embossing ink and Ranger's Frosted Crystal embossing powder. (this is a unique powder that has a frosted look and a slightly different texture than traditional powders. I love it.) I then used an ink blending tool to blend together some Distress inks. I love how smoothly they melt together!  I also used Distress ink to dye the crinkle ribbon. Love how everything matches that way!

And this is from the NEW RELEASE today... Heart Strings. (absolutely adorable set!!!)

I couldn't get over the fun purples and blues color palette, so I used it again here!


 The sparkly fibers behind the vellum heart are called Angelina Fibers... They are fun sparkly threads that can be fused together with heat... they are also mixable for making custom colors. PERFECT!

Speaking of custom colors...

For today's tutorial, I thought I would share a fun little tip for getting more out of the products you probably already have in your stash... 

Let's do a little customizing with our embossing powders, shall we? (this may be 'old hat' for a lot of you, but it is still a fun trick.)

If you go to the store, or browse online, you will find embossing powders come in countless colors... And yet... you never seem to have the "perfect one" for you project... (or is that just me being super picky??? LOL!)

Did you know you can MIX embossing powders to come up with TOTALLY new colors? You can also mix types of embossing powders for different effects.

For my project, I wanted a touch of sparkle... but the glitter embossing powders I had were all the wrong colors. So... I made my own.

Pour some embossing powder into a new container. You can use transparent or opaque, and any color you choose. I wanted white. (boring, I know, but it's what I needed for my project. It won't be boring for long!)

Add glitter. Again, it's up to you the color and even SIZE of your glitter. I wanted clear glitter, but I actually used two sizes... Micro fine and fine. Try adding in a little chunky glitter for an even different look!
 
Experiment with different powder to glitter ratios... you can get different looks simply by changing up the ratio!

Use just like normal embossing powder... stamp your image (Dot's For Sure) with clear embossing ink. Sprinkle your sparkly powder over it. Gently tap off extra and return it to container. Heat. Done. LOVE. (and that glitter isn't going anywhere! Yay for no mess!)

Don't forget---
 Leave a comment on EACH blog in the hop (including the Unity blog) for your chance to win.  The winners will be announced Monday on the Unity blog. Make sure you visit all the blogs...you don't want to miss any of the fabulous inspiration (or chances to win!)

Enjoy!
~Kassi


42 comments:

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

I can never get enough of blue and purple. Thanks for the tutorial. Fantastic work, as always!

Dawn Fields said...

Lovely cards!

Doreen said...

Fab cards...love your homemade glitter.xxx

Barbara B said...

Loving purple.....beautiful choices!

Christine Kiehl said...

Simply amazing! I have had such a BLAST hopping for my first time! I have almost a years worth of KOM stamps and have yet to share my past projects! I LOVE UNITY! Your style is great!

Ruby said...

Stunning cards. Love the colour scheme.

Deborah345 said...

Beautiful cards. Great tip with the glitter and embossing powder

jules said...

LOVE the cards! And thx for the AWESOME glitter tip!

Tasha Freeman said...

I love how you used the colors!

D.Ann said...

Love the warmth of winter card!!

Lisa Rodriguez said...

Such beautiful cards.

JenRey said...

Your cards are beautiful! I love the glitter/embossing powder tip! I'll have to try it! Thanks for sharing!

Janis said...

Oh, everything is so gorgeous!!! I love the embossing powder tip. I haven't tried that before. Also, I hadn't heard of the Angelina fibers. Sounds fun!!! Thanks for sharing!!!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com
HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

Wyvern said...

All those cards are gorgeous! What great inspiration! Thanks so much for sharing!

Karenrhae said...

Love the purple and the pretty sparkling details.

Rebecca Wong said...

Thanks for the tutorial....will try it next time. Btw, I love all your card so fabulous!

ionabunny said...

Fantastic card and thanks for the embossing powder tips. Hugz

Lucy said...

Lovely cards! Thanks for the embossing powder tutorial :-)

Linda Knox said...

Great tip with the embossing powder. Thanks for the inspiration.

Denise Bryant said...

Beautiful cards! Love the flower images you used on both cards!

Iris said...

So pretty - love all the hearts.
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Sandy Berl said...

Love both flower cards! catisi@aol.com

Heather said...

Your cards are beautiful!

McStamper said...

Beautiful cards. And thanks for sharing the great idea.

Farley said...

So many fabulous ideas for this set! Can't wait to give them a try with mine.

Cathy Hanes said...

Great tip!! Thank you!! Am excited to participate in my FIRST challenge!!

Cynthia said...

Lovely set of cards, Kassi. Thanks for the inspiration!

D- said...

Your cards are wonderful. Thanks for sharing and for the great tutorial.
Crafty hugs,
Dawn
Designs By Dragonfly {blogspot}

cal8007 said...

Thanks for the tip on making different colors of embossing powder!

Love the grungy look of your cards!

Hugs,
Carmen L

Sheena Brooks said...

Gorgeous creations! And the tip with the embossing powder and glitter - just fab!

Brandi R said...

Beautiful cards! Just love the heart strings stamp! Thank you for sharing ♥

lucretia said...

Gorgeous cards and colours. Thanks for the tutorial.

Mary Holshouser said...

I've tried mixing embossing powders and love the effect.
thanks for sharing the tip.
The projects were wonderful.

Lagene said...

Fantastic collection of cards! I love love the big embossed flowers! Thanks for the chance to win!

Gaylynn said...

Oh my, such beautiful creations today Kassi. The second flower card is a real stunner. Happy New Year.

mlady012 said...

Wow!! All are wonderful, but I love that heartstrings stamp! a banner of hearts, just makes you smile! Great colors & glitter too!

Robin B. said...

Wow, your cards are stunning! Thank you for the inspiration!

Karin Åkesdotter said...

Such BEAUTIFUL cards!!!

michelegeorgern said...

Beautiful cards. You Tug My Heartstrings is one of my favorite stamps. I LOVE you the vellum heart. The white isn't boring. It's perfect!

Katie said...

Wow, great cards! Love that heartstrings stamp! Fun tip about glitter! Thanks for sharing.

Katie B.

Jean said...

This is wonderful!

Nancy said...

Oh, I live these cards and you have provided another wonderful tutorial. I have not tried mixing my own embossing powder but after seeing this, I will definitely give it a try. All your posts - and creations - are wondeful, and you share so generously. Thank you.