Saturday, January 16, 2016

Laura's Loft Challenge - RESIST

Resist is the technique for Laura's Loft January Challenge.  It's not only one of my favorites, it's also one of the first techniques I've ever learned.  This tag was made for my youngest niece.  At 15 months, she's a bit young to appreciate it, but oh well.  Her mom loves it and I had a lot of fun with it.  Challenge entry details, dates and prize info will be at the bottom of this post.

  • #8 Ranger Manila Tag
  • Altenew Henna Elements stamp set
  • Wplus9 Unforgettable stamp set
  • Ranger Silver Pearl embossing powder
  • VersaMark pad
  • Lawn Fawn inks in Wild Rose and Cranberry
  • Distress Inks in Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet
  • Spectrum Noir markers
  • DCWV Foiled cardstock in Dark Blue
  • Lawn Fawn Quinns alphabet dies
I started with stamping the flowers and leaves in Wild Rose, then Cranberry over it, layering the images.  I was careful not to allow it to get busy or crowded.  I set it aside to dry for a few hours to avoid the embossing powder sticking where it wasn't supposed to.

Now it was time for stamping my embossed images.  I started with the borders. I stamped them in VersaMark, added embossing powder, tapped off excess and heat to set.  I stamped and powdered each image individually so that I could see where each image was to avoid overlapping my images.

*Heat Embossing tip:  When heating embossing powder, let your heat gun run for 60 to 90 seconds before applying heat to your project.  This will allow your gun to get good and hot so that when applied, the powder starts to melt almost immediately; this will give you smoother embossing and you can avoid blowing off powder and/or overheating it.  Watch closely when heating; you'll see it change from powdery to shiny.  When it's shiny, it's done.

Time for my favorite part, ink blending!  When considering what colors I wanted to use, I had to remember not to overpower the stamped images I started with ( Rose and Cranberry).  With that in mind, I began with Spun Sugar and blended it over the entire tag.  I followed it with Wild Rose, blending it in from the edges towards the middle.  It was turning too red, so I added Picked Raspberry to give it more of a pink tone.  Finishing with Wilted Violet over the top right and bottom left edges made it perfect; it added depth, made the embossing stand out even more and added just a bit of sophistication.

I stamped the elephant from the Wplus9 set on Spectrum Noir cardstock and colored him with Spectrum Noir markers.  I fussy cut him out and adhered him with foam squares.  To finish up, I die cut the letters out of dark blue foiled cardstock and adhered them with foam squares.  I just love how this tag turned out!

Want to enter? Sweet! Here's how.  The Challenge runs from 1/16/16 to 1/29/16.  Head to our company blog to enter your project!  The required technique is RESIST.  I hope you have fun and play along with us!  If you're not ready to join the challenge and are just looking for idea's or techniques, below is a few more DT blogs for your perusal. 

Here are a few Challenge projects from our Design Team:

Lisa -
Dawn -
Valentina -
 Robbie -

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 gift card to Laura's Loft!

A second winner will receive a $15 gift card generously donated by AVERY ELLE!

Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to ask any questions and let me know what you think!

Much Love,

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