Registered: February 19, 2005 Location: WNY Posts: 904
Sun, Aug 07, 2005 @ 6:35 AM
This is beautiful. Is this polished stone and embossing. It's absolutely gorgeous & I can tell it looks better il real life.
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Registered: May 29, 2004 Location: Boise, Idaho Posts: 2387
Sun, Aug 07, 2005 @ 12:03 PM
This is stunning!! How did you do it!! pm me with the instructions or my email is email@example.com . Love your colors too!!
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Registered: August 14, 2003 Location: Belle Plaine, Kansas Posts: 876
Mon, Aug 08, 2005 @ 5:10 PM
Here are the directions used by the class...orginally from Vickie Maduzia
Supplies used: Snowflakes, All Year Cheer I stamp sets. White craft ink or Versamark; Classic Reinkers in Ballet Blue and Night of Navy. White glossy, Night of Navy and Brushed Silver Metallic cardstocks. Winter White embossing powder, Heat embossing tool, Cotton balls, 70% volume Rubbing Alcohol, Silver embossing powder (for the greeting) and silver mini-brads.
1) First, stamp your big snowflake with either Versamark or white craft ink, onto a 3.5” square of white glossy cardstock. Sprinkle winter white embossing powder over it and heat emboss the snowflake.
2) Then to do the polished stone technique: Take a cotton ball and half-way saturate it with rubbing alcohol. While holding the wet cotton ball face up, carefully squeeze out 2 drops of ballet blue classic reinker onto the left top portion of the cotton ball, then 2 drops of night of navy reinker on the right. Think of a #4 domino, that’s what it will look like, 2 drops on each side.
3) Now just start dabbing the wet cotton ball all over the piece of glossy, until the square is completely covered with color. It will be very messy looking, and stinky! And your customers will think you are crazy… it looks like you have made a tragic mistake!!
4) Then comes the "Magic" part! Get your embossing heat tool out again and point it right at the center of the snowflake ... and oh my gosh ... the snowflake emerges out of the murky, inky mess!! It really does look and feel like magic!! Move the heat gun around slowly and heat it completely till all the ink evaporates and the snowflake looks white and pretty again. Let cool, mount on silver and finish card. For added sparkle, you can also touch up the snowflake with a 2-way glue pen and glitter.
I hope you enjoy this project, it is a really fun “wow” card to demo. I discovered this “evaporating” part by accident last year and have had a great time with it, it is so fun to demo this for customers!! You may know that sometimes polished stone uses a metallic re-inker in addition to the other two colors… but please DO NOT use metallic ink with this project, or the encore ink will get embedded into the snowflake and will look very icky.
These snowflake creations are so special to me… I was working with this set last year (2003) at a time when I was going through a very sad time in my life. As I prayed, and pressed through the pain, I thought about how all beautiful snowflakes actually start out as rain … this made me feel better, so I began stamping snowflakes all over the place, all the time praying that God would someday turn my sadness into something beautiful and peaceful, like a snowflake. And He did! Now I’m on the other side of all that, and it is so awesome to have others who are now enjoying my little snowflake projects! They were born out of pain, but today they are a source of great joy!
This card and technique were featured as part of the Stampin’ Up! Regional Seminar in Reno, NV last October, and I felt so honored. It has recently become known as “Magic Maduzia” technique, somehow – as people began to look for something to call the technique, when they used other stamps besides snowflakes. I hope you enjoy this technique and that it brings you success in your stamping business -- it is a great “wow” demo for customers, as it allows you to show them several cool products at once. I would love to hear back from you after you try the technique, and would be just delighted if you could send me a scan, or mail me a card, to show me what cool things you create! Thank you for your interest in my technique. Good luck and happy stamping!