Saturday, May 1, 2021

We Create Blog Hop: Technique Toss-up

Hello and happy Saturday! Can you believe it is already May?? Because I cannot! Summer is on it's way!
Today we've got a really fun blog hop for you- we're featuring a variety of techniques and we have a new hopper joining us! 

For my card today, I wanted to try the "faux patina" technique. I saw a gorgeous card in recent weeks and have wanted to try it out, but I can't find the card that sparked the inspiration! If it was you, thank you, because this was fun!! You can find a great tutorial for it HERE. I also used the latest Freshly Made Sketch, and my card works for the latest SUO Challenge too! 

As a reminder, the current catalog ends May 3rd, and the new one begins May 4! That's Tuesday! All of these products are still available EXCEPT the embossing folder...but I don't own any yet that are sticking around, so this is what I used! It was still available on the retiring list when I made the card Wednesday, so hurry and snag it for your own collection! 

To make this very cool background, I inked my embossing folder with Smoky Slate, then ran it thru. (I actually did it too snugly, which is why you see gray in between the trees, and that's why you want the new Stampin' Cut & Emboss machine... but I decided it was okay.) Then I sponged on Pear Pizazz and Gray Granite. Finally I randomly dabbed Versamark on it, and covered the whole thing with Silver Embossing powder. Heat set that and here we go! Shiny trees!
And here's how I used it on a card! I mounted it on a brand new In Color- Soft Succulent, for the card base. The white circle is sponged very lightly with Pear Pizazz to make it less sharp against the background. Linen Thread and Metallic Pearls might seem to be opposites but I thought they were great accessories for the deer in the forest.  
Stamps: Nature's Beauty
Ink: Gray Granite, Pear Pizazz, Smoky Slate
Paper: Soft Succulent, Basic White card stocks
Accessories: Linen Thread, Metallic Pearls, Silver Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Dimensionals, Circles dies, *Woodland Embossing Folder, *Stamping Sponges, Big Shot (retired)
*Retiring! Get them fast!

And then, a bonus! The sample I saw used my very favorite embossing folder ever, which has already sold off the retiring list. So sad...! I didn't want to feature it since you can't get it, but if you have it already, you can try this one too!
Stamps: Very Versailles
Ink: Mint Macaron, Cinnamon Cider, Soft Suede
Paper: Mint Macaron, Basic White
Accessories: Flowers for Every Season ribbon, Copper Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Dimensionals, Circles dies, *Tin Tile Embossing Folder, *Stamping Sponges, Big Shot (retired)
*sold out....

And another angle to show off the shine a bit! 

Now click the button below to hop on over to see what Libby has made for you today!
And then leave us your thoughts- we all love comments! 


  1. Wow - I love your cards. I haven't tried the patina technique but now I for sure want to!

  2. Cool idea to ink up the folder! Makes for a great card!

  3. That is such a cool technique - the cards are gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing this :-D

  4. Great technique and beautiful cards.

  5. These are so COOL! I have never tried this technique, thanks for sharing!

  6. So very lovely - that patina technique on the trees looks amazing! Love the touch of silver and look how pretty with the new In Color, too! Thanks so much for playing at SU Only!

  7. Loving the technique you've used with the embossing folder and adding the touch of silver embossing onto it really does look amazing. Think I might need to try this one out myself....
    Thanks for taking part in the SUO challenge Tanya hope to see you on the next one x Natalie Arnold

  8. I absolutely love the patina look. I will definitely be CASEing this card. The woods look so mysterious and almost haunted. Thanks for playing along with us a SUO Challenges.

  9. These cards look gorgeous! What a fabulous technique! Thanks so much for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches.

  10. Fantastic masculine cards! Thank you so much for participating with use at and we hope to see you back for our next challenge on May 11!

  11. Such gorgeous cards, Tanya! That technique with the embossing folder is just stunning and I love the deer. Thanks for playing along with us at SUO Challenges!


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