Wednesday, July 6, 2022


Today, we are changing our beverage of choice from beer to wine.  Is white wine or red your preferred choice?  Or are you not a wine person at all and just want me to go back to beer?  I generally prefer white wine, but today we are going with a nice Merry Merlot!  My Pool Party card needed a pop of color, so red wine it is!

The background for today's card was made with one of the Artistic Mix Decorative Masks, a Blending Brush, and Pool Party ink.  Using masks is a quick and easy way to make a pretty background.  And if you don't have any of the pre-made masks, no worries!  Just use a die cut to make your own mask!

I needed some sort of "table" or shelf to set my glass of Merlot on, so I thought, why not use the bottle in the set and lay it on its side to make a one-of-a-kind table?  So, that is what I did.  

To create the "table", I used a Technique that I recently taught in one of my monthly Technique Classes.  The technique is called colored embossing and it is extremely easy.  This technique also lets you emboss in any color you want.  I wanted a shiny Pool Party glass table, so to make my "table" I first inked the bottle stamp with VersaMark.  I then immediately inked the stamp with Pool Party ink and then stamped on Basic White.  The bottle was then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Voila!  I have a shiny Pool Party "table".  I made the table do double duty as my sentiment.  After embossing and die cutting the table I stamped the sentiment from Brewed for You with Merry Merlot ink.

Colored embossing is a remarkably simple technique.  But if you try it there is one IMPORTANT thing to remember.  The order in which you ink your stamp is important.  Be sure to ink it with VersaMark first and then with your ink color of choice.  If you ink with the color first and then the VersaMark, the embossing will still work fine, but you will have a colored inky mess on your VersaMark Pad.  So, don't do that!  Yes, I learned the hard way!

To add a little pizzaz I circled some silver Simply Elegant trim behind my table and wine glass before I adhered them to the card front with dimensionals.  Three Fine Sparkle Gems provided a little more sparkle.  Afterall, wine needs sparkle, right?

I used the same Decorative Mask and Blending Brush Technique to create some interest on the inside of my card and also on the flap of my envelope.  The inside sentiment is from Flowering Tulips.

If you would like a tutorial for this card, one is available for download at this link.

For more information and details on the products I used, please see the complete product list below.

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  1. This is such a perfect wine lover's birthday card. I love the stencil design on the front and inside. Using the jug as a tabletop and then embossing it were perfect ideas. Thanks for thinking outside the box and sharing those tips on inking when embossing. Appreciated.

  2. Thank you for your comment! Sorry it took me so long to respond. I just found where all my comments were hiding. It's embarrassing. I have comments back to 2022 that I never saw or responded to.