New DT Member: Jess!!

It is my pleasure to announce our new Design Team member, Jess!  We’re so excited to have her on our team!  We’re huge fans of her cards and style (and she’s super nice also)!  Today, we’re having Jess post on our blog.  The card she created is just so cool and so beautiful.  

Hi there!  Jessica here and I am thrilled, absolutely THRILLED, to be joining the Design Team for The Ton!

Jess

I live in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with my incredibly supportive husband, two feisty senior shelties, a stubborn tortoiseshell kitten, and a no-nonsense Dutch bunny.  I am a professional musician by day: teaching harp and piano lessons, directing a church choir, freelancing for weddings and other events…and a crafter by night!  I’ve been making cards since I was a kid but I’ve only recently been able to really devote time and space to crafting when my husband and I built our first home in 2013.  I love creating personal cards for my friends and family and I can often be found stamping a couple images or embossing a sentiment in-between lessons and gigs!  When I’m not working or crafting I also enjoy cooking, photography, and DIY home projects.  For all that fun stuff (plus cards, of course) please visit me at my blog, All the Sparkle!

I discovered Effie and her company only a little over a week ago but I immediately fell in love with her stamp designs and couture sequin mixes!  I ordered the Round Diamonds stamp set and created a shaker card with the Strawberries and Cream couture sequin mix which I shared on my blog last week! For my first official post I knew I wanted to go in a slightly different direction…and here’s what I came up with!

Jessica 1

I thought the beautiful diamond stamp would be a perfect fit for the most iconic jewelry box in the world!  Technically, of course, the lid is wrong…but you get the idea, right? 😉  I thought this would make be a fun and elegant engagement card!

Sapphires are my favorite gemstones so I decided to use the stamp set to create a gorgeous platinum sapphire ring!  I started off by coloring a piece of Neenah Solar White card stock with a clear Wink of Stella glitter brush.  Then I inked the first layer of the stamp with Versamark and then Studio Calico Color Theory ink in Deja Blue.  For the second layer I used the 2nd generation stamping of the same ink for a slightly lighter shade.  The third layer was stamped with Delicata pigment ink in Silver Shimmer.  After all three layers were stamped I heat-embossed the diamond with Hero Arts clear embossing powder.  Then I used two circle dies to cut the ring shape from Ranger silver foil.  I fussy cut the diamond and adhered it to the ring with foam mounting tape.

Jessica 3

Then I started working on the jewelry box!  I used a new die from Neat and Tangled to create the box from Simon Says Stamp Audrey Blue card stock.  I took a little square of white tissue paper and glued it into the box to create the wrapping paper for the ring.  I also took scraps of ivory ribbon and used glue dots to attach it to the box.  I cut the ends of the ribbon into a fishtail shape to make the ribbon look more finished.  Once that was complete, I nestled the ring into the box and used a little piece of foam mounting tape to secure the bottom of the ring inside the box!

Next, I inked the sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Sending and Wishing stamp set with Versamark and the same Deja Blue ink.  Then I stamped it on the bottom right corner of a top-folding A2 card base of Neenah Solar White card stock and heat-embossed the sentiment with Hero Arts clear embossing powder.  I die-cut the word Wishing from silver glitter paper and adhered it above the rest of the sentiment.  Then I glued the box slightly off-center on the card with Ranger Multi-Medium Matte.  I put two small pieces of foam mounting tape under the front flaps of the box so they’d have a little dimension.  To finish the card I glued a sprinkling of Silver Metallic and Glass Slippers sequins in various sizes across the front of the card with Ranger Multi-Medium Matte.  I love that Effie offers some of her sequins in mixed sizes…they’re the perfect touch to finish a card with a little sparkle!

Jessica 2

So that’s it! I hope my card inspires you to use her stamps in your creations and I look forward to working with Effie and Rubeena on the Design Team!

-Jess

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