Monday, September 30, 2013

From Regions Beyond

Hey everyone! I thought I'd share another one of the cards I created for Tim Holtz for this summer's CHA show. The Ornate Frame from his Sizzix release was hands-down my favorite die. It's so versatile and, since it's a Bigz die, it can cut through just about anything. When thinking about how to use it, I immediately thought of a ghostly apparition that would appear in a mirror. Spooky!

To create the look of an ethereal woman, I decided to try to transfer an image (from one of the cabinet card images in Tim's new Laboratorie Paper Stash) onto a piece of idea-ology Mirrored, using Multi-Medium. I worked perfectly! It's such a difficult card to photograph, but the image changes depending on how the light hits it. So cool! You can see it in this video of the idea-ology booth at CHA - it shows up at about the 2:15 mark.

I've had a few questions on how I did the transfer, so I wrote up a quick step-by-step of how I made the card. I basically used the same method as Claudine Hellmuth uses in her video on transferring images to metal, but I applied the Multi Medium to the image vs. the surface. Make sure you check out the video - it's very informative and will definitely inspire you to try this technique, if you haven't already.

Here's how I made my card:

1. Adhere a panel of paper from Tim Holtz's Laboratorie Paper Stash to the top of a kraft card. Emboss a piece of black kraft Core'dinations paper using the Sizzix Stripes Texture Fade, sand to reveal core, and adhere to the bottom of the card.
2. Glue a length of idea-ology Trimmings to the seam. Machine-stitch around the top of the card and through the Trimmings with black thread.
3. Die cut a piece of kraft cardstock using the Bats and Crossbones Garland strip die. Ink edges with Black Soot Distress ink and adhere to bottom of card.
4. Using the new Ornate Frame die, cut a piece of medium weight cardstock. Cover with Black Soot Distress Crackle paint, leaving some areas unpainted. Set aside to dry.
5. While the frame is drying, you can create your haunted image. Begin by cutting a piece of idea-ology Mirrored slightly larger than the opening of the frame. Tear out one of the cabinet card images from the Laboratorie Paper Stash, leaving just a bit of a border around the head and shoulders.
6. Apply a medium-heavy coat of Matte Multi-Medium to the image and place face down onto the surface of the Mirrored. Smooth with your fingers, making sure it's well-adhered. Set aside to dry completely.
7. When dry, spritz the paper with water, wetting it thoroughly. Begin rubbing off the paper, revealing the image beneath. You can rub harder in some places, to give it a more ghostly appearance. When the paper is fully removed, let dry.
8. Mask the image with a piece of paper (I just tore an approximate shape and laid it over the image). Using black StazOn, stamp the script image from Tim's Apothecary set over the whole piece of Mirrored. When dry, apply Remnant Rubs as shown.
9. To finish the card, adhere the Mirrored piece to the frame. Insert Ring Fasteners into the holes in the frame and string with chain (I stole it from some Swivel Fasteners). Finally, adhere the frame piece to the card.

All the supplies I used can be found at Inspiration Emporium via the links below. Remember to use my coupon code - stamptramp - to save 10% on your order!

Thanks so much for stopping by - I'll be back on Wednesday with a tutorial using a very cool new die from Sizzix!


  1. Shelly, such an awesome card. I love the haunted mirror effect

  2. Oh Shelly -- don't know what to say -- am speechless!!!!
    Greetings from Sally in France xo

  3. This is beautiful, Shelly and awesome too! Now I have to give this a try,must work with your explanations so well written.

    This is just gorgeous!!!
    LOVE it ♥♥♥
    Hugs, Anne

  5. Awesome card. Perfect ghostly image.

  6. Very cool effect of the image! I love how you laid this out and explained it all so perfectly, Your ideas are so fun to see.
    Have a great day,

  7. This is awesome! Love the transfer technique!

  8. Wow, wow and more wow! It's a beautiful card Shelly. I love it! I have to get my hands on some of those products.

  9. That's wonderful!

  10. Fantastic card, love the eery image set inside the frame and the touch of stamping. Love the kulaks across the bottom and the sanded embossing. Fabulous. Tracy x

  11. Love the skulls that is supposed to say Shelly, I love it when it changes my wording automatically, grrr. Lol x x


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