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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A Reverse Silhouette {Sparkle N Sprinkle}

You're here - I'm so glad!

As Guest Designer, I'd like to invite you to the SNS Blog Hop.
Check out my talented Teamies' beautiful creations,
earn a chance to win the grand prize!

Welcome to the ALL NEW Sparkle N Sprinkle March Reveal Blog Hop!



It's Demo Donna on the SNS YouTube Channel!

Subscribe today to REVEL IN all the latest Demo Donna tips and techniques - AND - great entertainment! Each week a new technique is shared, and each month, a new video kit is revealed!

The new sets are 20% off until March 3, 2017, so after the blog hop, hop on over to the NEW STORE and have fun shopping! Be sure to check out the OTHER amazing new products as well! With names like TONIC and NUVO and STAMPENDOUS and HOUSE MOUSE, you're sure to fill that cart up quickly!

There are FOUR new rubber stamp sets being released this month with their digital counterparts, plus a new Digi Papers set, and a gorgeous Digi Only Bundle set full of lots of extras.   

The new SNS sets are:

When you purchase the digital versions of any of the SNS rubber sets, you will receive extras that are not available otherwise.  These extras can include additional images, sentiments, digi papers, and/or decoupage sheets that not available with the rubber version.  

Every new digi set purchased lists exactly what is in the bundle including:
 ~ black and white images
~ colored images
  ~ .jpeg format (white background) 
~ .png format (transparent background) 
 ~ a cut file to use with your electronic cutting machines!

To expand your crafting capabilities and project types, you're going to want both the rubber versions AND the digital versions of all our new releases, especially while they are 20% off.

On March 3, ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be selected from the comments left on all the Designers' blogs listed below.  Please leave a comment with each designer to be eligible for the Grand Prize (checked for compliance).  The Grand Prize Winner will be announced on the SNS Facebook page and the SNS New Blog.  

The Blog Hop Order this month is:

We hope you enjoy the New Reveal Blog Hop as much as we do.  Thanks for joining us and remember to comment on each of the Designers' blogs to be eligible for the Grand Prize.   Wonder who the Mystery Host will be this month?

Today, I attempted some CAS cards. So difficult for me!
I wanted to show one technique, used four ways.
Each card was stamped with VersaMark Ink and White Detail Embossing Powder.
Two cards on black cardstock, two on a lavender-blue cardstock.
Three of the stamped images were then painted with bleach:

After the bleach had dried, each of the cards was painted with Tombow Markers in the bleached areas:

Before putting this card together, I ran the melon color through an embossing folder, and then inked the edges with VersaMark Ink and heat set Clear Detail Embossing Powder to deepen the embossed shapes and bring a little more desired vibrancy to the color of the cardstock:

This lavender-blue card is a lesson on covering up mistakes that occur when dropping things all over the card as you create (giggle):

Use your border punches or border dies repetitively on the the same project to create cohesive, visual interest. I love using my old punches. In this case, I covered up a multitude of boo-boos you hopefully cannot see. Another technique I employed was to apply glitter unsymmetrically (the tinsel across the bottom of the card and in the flowers. It helps when I make a cutting mistake in layers, and also provides a little sparkle without being overwhelming:

Sparkle N Sprinkle is retiring many of the "colors". Among them are this gorgeous semi-transparent Cherry Lemonade G1118. I love this soft "orange" color which allows the color of the card stock to show through. It reminds me of creamsicle ice cream (yummy!). This glitter is half price!

ENABLER ALERT: Check out all the SPECIALS and Close-outs here. The Close-Outs are on the "old" Sparkle N Sprinkle website.

The bleach on this card was colored with a variety of Tombow Marker colors:

APOLOGIES THAT LOOSE GLITTER HAS REFLECTED ALL OVER THE CARDS. The cameras these days pick up every tiny speck!

Another Black background - this one was not colored with any markers. The bleach did all the work.
It was fun using an old butterfly punch, coating it with Beach Ultrafine Glitter:

The second lavender-blue card is colored with blue Tombow markers:

The white frame is actually three Sue Wilson pierced rectangle dies - two were put through and cut, and then the middle die was added and passed through the machine again in embossing sandwich:

Doing The Unexpected-But-Simple things can often bring sweet rewards in our card making.

Next on the hop is the incredibly artistic Shona Erlenborn! 
She always has meticulously photographed techniques featured in her blog posts.

Sparkle N Sprinkle Products:

I would like to enter these cards into the Mod Squad Bleaching with Color Challenge!  3-6

Thanks for visiting, my friends!


Puppy Kisses and Paper Dreams said...

Of course ... GORGEOUS! Intricate, amazing, and wonderful tutorials in how to make them. I love the bleaching, you did a fabulous job. I love how each card is similar, but they are all so different. These are magnificent. LOVE what you have done :)

KT Fit Kitty said...

Wow, Donna, these are absolutely gorgeous! I love your white embossing on the various colours - it really pops! You are lucky you can work with bleach - I can't tolerate the smell - what a lovely effect you've created! I'm especially loving the peach and black colour combo! These are all so pretty! If I have time, I'll check out the hop tomorrow!

Jessica K said...

How fun! Your projects are sooo pretty - I love how you used the bleach technique! I always forget about that one ;) A great set of cards!

Anne Temple said...

All of these look amazing! I think my favorite is the one with the cute bunny :-)

aussie aNNie said...

Wow De, such an inspiring post. I just love your cards and am so interested in the 'bleaching' of the images/stamps. I have been reading this a lot lately and the results as you have shown, are fabulous. You are one clever and inspiring lovely lady....hugs to you.xx[aNNie]

SD pooja said...

lovely cards Donna !I loved the embossed n bleached images they look fab ..specially the ones on black base :)

Sue said...

Hi Donna, What beautiful cards. They look so different.

Hope you have a nice day. Sue

Valerija said...

Fantastic set of cards. Love them all.
Valerija xx

craftieodmae said...

Gorgeous, all of them!

Shona Erlenborn said...

Isn't it fabulous how by using one technique you can get such a variety of results? These are all stunning, of course! The coloring on the peach and black one really catches my eye - simply gorgeous and then the framework on the blue bunny one is amazing - love your creativity when it comes to framework! Thanks for all the wonderful ideas Miss Donna!

Chris said...

These are beautiful Donna, the embossed stamping looks lovely on it's own but even more so with the fabulous techniques you've employed. I've never tried using bleach on my cards, the effect is fabulous...coloured or uncoloured!

Darlene said...

WOW! You always go a step above and this SET of gorgeous cards highlights your vast array of talent! I haven't done the bleaching technique in years and don't think my cards EVER looked this good when done lol! Thanks for inspiration on using that technique. Each and every card is just beautiful ... love how you've shown a variety of ways to showcase this beautiful stamp set! Well done as always!!

*Vicki* said...

Wow! These creations are all absolutely AMAZING Donna!! I just LOVE the whimsical flowers and what a fantastic idea to bleach out the areas to color in...I've done this before, but you have inspired me to try it out again! Every detail you've put into these design is perfect!! Beautifully done my friend! HUGS :)

Becky said...

Wow! I love them all. I think my favorite, though, is the blue one colored with the variety of colors. That one just pops to me. Great job, Donna. You should play in the Mod Squad Challenge this week.

Leslie Miller said...

Okay... I love these flowers and LOVE your cards! I'm more tempted than ever to go shopping now. But that always happens when I can't get to my stamping. We're painting the room and it's a mess. However, you've gotten to me. Love them with the bleaching technique and all the sparkle. Also, the way you used the Chloe stem on the blue card is brilliant, but that's just one detail I love. There are so many details to love on this collection of cards. The last card with no bleaching, but with the blue shading is brilliant. Very simple with only the cute bunny. Just WOW!

Linda Simpson said...

These are gorgeous Donna, love the various designs and wonderful colour combinations. The sparkle is gorgeous too.
Linda xxx

Mary Ann said...

Beautiful cards Donna. Love the black and cream! I will definitely be trying the bleach technique! Thank You for your inspiration!

SewPaperPaint said...

I just love these educational posts of yours. What a tremendous amount of work I'm sure you put into each one. This is such a great tutorial and I love every last result! Beautiful inspiration. Hugs, Autumn

KarinsArtScrap said...

gorgeous and colourful cards Donna.
Gr Karin

Lori Kobular said...

Donna your card are gorgeous! I never heard of using bleach on a card! Oh how I wish we could get together to craft! I could learn so much from you! I also love how you used versamark to make parts of your cards shiny! You are so very creative!!

Lisa said...

Wow, Donna, these are absolutely stunning!! I love your gorgeous cards!! The bleaching technique looks amazing!! Each one is creative and beautiful!! The touches of sparkle are fabulous!! You've showcased the new stamp set perfectly!! Love, love these, my friend!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

A Mermaid's Crafts

Jackie T said...

Hi Donna all your cards are gorgeous those are fabulous images. I love visiting your blog it is so inspirational. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Judy Woodland said...

STUNNING cards. I love what you have done with the bleaching with color technique, very clever and creative. Great take on the challenge, thanks so much for playing along with us this week over at Just Us Girls!!!!

cotnob said...

Beautiful cards Donna, such a pretty stamp and fabulous technique. Lots of super details as always - I particularly like the final card, a lovely clean design.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Unknown said...

GORGEOUS! Between your beautiful designs and that bleaching technique and your coloring OH MY WORD!!! Such fantastic creations! I always love your layering of dies and the added glitter, I like those little specks and here and there! FANTASTIC!

Audrey said...

If I had nit read how yu made this card I would swear that the flowers were embroidered on the paper. This is a truly unique and beautiful card. Thank you for sharing this I have not done bleaching I a long while you have given me the inspiration to do it again.

Karenladd said...

I LOVE these cards Donna...and that bleached and coloring technique is something I've never seen before. The cards all look completely different, just by changing the colors and embellishments and all are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing them with us and Happy Spring!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Wow girl! You have certainly nailed the bleaching on these cards you did. I love them all. Each one is so beautiful and with the different colors you have a gorgeous flower garden of awesome cards.

Ann Greenspan's Crafts said...

Donna, you've outdone yourself again......each and every card is beautiful but my favorite is the blue one that you colored in with dark blue. I love the fancy edge dies and all your layering. Such talent!

Dr Sonia S V said...

WOW Donna what a fabulous have shown so many ways to creatively use one gorgeous stamp set. I was intrigued by the bleaching have showcased it brilliantly
Dr Sonia

Pamellia said...

Hello my friend, long time no talk. Well I'm finally heading back to my craft room this week after so so long of not having any mojo. If all goes well, you will hopefully have to see more of me again soon. lol.

These cards are just amazing, wow. I really love this bleaching technique and the amazing results you achieved, how very clever of you! Wonderful colour combinations, so fresh and eye catching! All your added details make them extra special. Fancy borders, a touch of glitter and a butterfly here and there. So lovely!

Have a wonderful week and weekend! hugs :)

TracyM #6773 said...

WONDERFUL set of cards Donna!
LOVE these flowers and LOVE the designs of each one too, the colours & layers you have selected are PERFECT!
The bleach technique looks EXCITING too => added it to my techniques-to-try list :)

NanaConnie said...

I love the idea of coloring over the bleached areas of the embossed designs, Donna! I've never tried it but you've inspired me. Fabulous CAS, my friend. :-D

Conniecrafter said...

These are all so gorgeous, I so love seeing all the different ways with them all together, you did a lovely job!!

April said...

Beautiful cards and great techniques! Love them!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Very beautiful designs Donna, the bleaching and embossing with both dry and wet techniques look fantastic. Each card is gorgeous. I hope you are doing well ! Hugs, Shirleyxx

namabearx10 said...

Luv the bleaching with color technique I will have to give it a try. Beautiful cards I luv the flowers on the black background best. Thanks for sharing

Linda Vich said...

Wow, Donna! Amazing cards and a new technique! All your cards are lovely but the orange and blue one just sings!

Gina H said...

Love the cards! Nice to see the bleach coloring and your use of punches is refreshing! And thanks for the enabler alert!

Eret said...

Amazing cards, Donna! Love their clean and elegant look. The bleach technique is so pretty on your cards. Love your coloring too. Stunning work!

Diane said...

WOWZERS Donna, these cards are fabulous, I don't think I have ever tried this technique but I do remember buying a 'bleach' pen years I am anxious to give it a try....all four cards are beautiful!!

crafty-stamper said...

Fabulous collection of CAS cards love the stamps and embossing-I remember the bleach method we move on and forget about these techniques
Carol x

Petra Swart said...

What a lovely collection of cards using the same stamp, but having such different looks, Donna!!!! I really love the look you achieved with the bleaching and all the glitter is sooooooo lovely!!!! Such great new products and I'll have to go and watch that video!!!! Always such a joy to come visit here!!!!
Have a great day, my friend!!!!!
Big hugz!!!!

Unknown said...

The variation in the different cards is wonderful. My favorite is your use of the orange and blue, opposites on the color wheel so both colors look more vibrant!

Sue D said...

Wonderful set of cards with these flowers. I like the techniques you used.

Pia S said...

Awesome flower stamp and thanks for a very educating post too. I realize there are so many techniques I still haven't tried, or even heard of, and it's so fascinating to see you use the same stamp in different ways. I think I still could use my supplies more than I do, but I'm trying to be conscious about reusing my stamps in different ways. And posts like this one is so inspiring.

Shelly Schmidt said...

Oh dear me- I just LOVE these cards and don't think it would occur to me to try bleach on black like this- sure is beautiful! I love with and without coloring. The blue is stunning as well- love the way you cover up boo-boo's and fly aways as well- love the tinsel edging. Beautiful work!!!