Saturday, June 25, 2016


When I chose the CAS-ual Fridays Casual Comfort Stamp/Die Set for this Blog Hop, I planned on creating a more upbeat card. Recent events  forced me to change my mind -  unfortunately there are times when we need to send a sympathy card.

So, starting with an original photograph of a Calla Lily in my garden, I took one of the Casual Trees Fri-Dies that seemed to mimic fern leaves. I embossed a two-layer piece of card stock for a deep embossed result. Then, using the coordinating stamp, I colored the leaves with VersaFine Ink in the Habanero and Crimson Red colors. The interesting white veining is the result of the embossing technique.

Materials Used:



VersaFine Ink

Tuesday, June 7, 2016


All Because Two People Fell In Love…

By: Mark Melnick
Custom Wedding Invitations is big business. I wanted to try creating a unique version of my own and as I sat to design this project, I wondered from whence the tradition of “June brides” came. I did some research and was fascinated to learn the tradition dates back to Roman times. The Romans celebrated the festival of the deity Juno and his wife Jupiter, who was the goddess of marriage and childbirth, on the first day of June. In Victorian times, the tradition is thought to have continued because there were flowers available for wedding décor, and the scent of the flowers masked body odor. Romantic, right?
Difficulty: Intermediate - Advanced
Time Required: 75 minutes + drying time

Step 1.
You will need two pieces of 110lb card stock cut to 5” x 10” for the invitation itself. Take the two pieces and adhere them to each other in the middle. The extra weight in the center will not only give the invitation a professional weight and feel, but will also help it to stand on its own once unfolded.

Step 2.
Select six images for use on the front and back of the invitation.

Step 3.
Adhere images to the card stock. It is best to use a strong adhesive as the folding and unfolding of this invitation will loosen the images if not secured in place onto the card stock. The actual information on the front and back of the invitation can be formatted as you like when creating your own version. Use a VersaMarker to draw tiny design elements on the images and heat emboss with EMBOSS Clear embossing Powder for added dimension and visual interest.

Step 4. Place this piece on a 5 x 7 card.. I decided to further embellish this card with a Copper tag at the bottom which reads, Mother. This tag can be metal, paper, or vellum depending on your taste.

Step 4.
Cut a piece of Vellum, preferably a 30lb + weight, into a strip of desired height measuring 5” in length to be placed on the Top image of the tri-fold.
**COOL ADDED TECHNIQUE: Take some cotton swabs and cover them in the NEW Delicata Ink color, Dark Brown Shimmer. Remove the top from a mini-mister and place cotton swabs inside while rubbing the ink off on the edges. The mister should be filled with water and a drop of rubbing alcohol. Replace top of mister and shake well - you now have a shimmery spray for your individual pieces.
Spray the Vellum and your images with Shimmer spray from a fair distance so that the mist gently falls on the paper. Take a sentiment stamp of your choice and, using the Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer ink, stamp the Vellum. Adhere the Vellum to the image as you wish – I used two Copper brads.


Step 5.
Create the main plate of the invitation on Vellum. Adhere to the invitation as you desire – I used four Copper brads to match the top piece of Vellum. Since there is a set of images on the back, the brad closure will be hidden.

Supply List
·     Delicate Ink Pads
·     VersaMarker
EMBOSS Embossing Powder

110lb Card Stock, 30lb + Vellum, Metal Brads, Mini-Misting Bottle,
Wedding-related images