Our weekend started yesterday morning with hubby and me visiting the optician – hubby for a regular check-up and me to try a new type of contact lenses. Hubby’s appointment went well inasmuch as he has finally agreed to varifocals! Before we went he was adamant he was not having them! Fortunately, Terry, our optician said varifocals would be best for him and explained why. Hubby understood the reasons and was happy to agree! Terry saw me first and asked me to put the new lenses in. He said they could be settling in while he was seeing hubby.
This is the third different type of lenses I’m trying and my goal is not having to wear spectacles. The prescription of these lenses is that they are varifocal and for astigmatism in one eye, plus my eyes (irises) are quite small! I could read with the lenses when holding a reading card but not in the distance. After discussing my options with Terry, we agreed I’d try these for a week or two and then go back to see him and decide what the next step is! Hubby and I also called into the jewellers because hubby’s wedding ring is getting too loose. Earlier in the week, I saw his wedding ring sitting in the bathroom rubbish bin! He hadn’t realised he’d lost it. This is the second time!! It was certainly an interesting morning!
Last Thursday I shared two cards I’d made using the Evergreen Forest 3D Embossing Folder. One was using a piece of our new Brushed Metallic Cardstock (CS) and the other was using the embossing folder painted. I received a request from one of my followers for a video showing how it’s done. As you know, I believe if one crafter asks for a video there will be others who will be interested to see it as well.
I started the video by showing how I embossed the metallic sheet, although I used a different colour this time – I think the sheet I used was gold?? Next, I showed how to paint an embossing folder using one of our super-simple sponge rollers. Then I went on to show how to emboss a piece of cardstock but to make it a bit more interesting, I inked both sides of the embossing folder!
Next, I put two top layers of Seaside Spray CS inside the folder and embossed them both at the same time – therefore one was embossed and the other was debossed! Both layers looked brilliant and can be used to create two cards. I also found out since sharing the two cards last Thursday that it is possible to add stars in the sky using a white gel pen on the Brushed Metallic CS.
By the time I had finished playing with technique, I decided I prefer to have a light colour for the top layer and the card base. This is because I can stamp the tree from the Winter Woods Stamp Set using Versamark on the light colour knowing it will show its beauty! In the video I used Seaside Spray CS which really showed off the Versamark stamped trees inside.
I made another video about five years ago using butterflies which proved to be very popular. If I remember correctly I’d made it as a birthday card which goes to show this technique can be used for any occasion! I have made five of these Christmas cards and will make another two using the debossed layers. I’m making excellent progress with my Christmas cards for this year!
That’s it from me today. Before I go, yesterday I received happy mail from one of my customers and I will be sharing it with you tomorrow! In the meantime, I wish you a very blessed Sunday. Please take care and stay safe. If you’re in the UK enjoy the super weather that should be with us today and tomorrow! Happy crafting.