This week our guest designer is another long time follower Maxine Diffey. Maxine has a wonderful eye for color and texture. She has created two whimsical cards with today's images. I love all the glitter and glitz she has added to the fairy image and the elegance of the doily background on her second card. Be sure to follow the link below to Maxine's blog to see more of her lovely projects and cards.
Here is a description of Maxine's cards in her own words. You can see how Maxine has used dry embossing to accentuate the images.
"I dry embossed both background panels, and on the pink floral paper I applied the ink ‘direct to paper’ to highlight the embossing, then painted it with iridescent medium.
The image I coloured with chalks, then used Kindy Gltiz for the sparkle on the wings and the frock, fussy cut it and mounted it on foam dots for dimension. The final touch was to run a piece of double sided tape across the base of the card and add micro beads to it.
For the second card I embossed the card base and layered over that – I used the Argyle folder which gives and angular contrast to the circular pattern of the doily and oval of the die cut."
"I have been stamping/cardmaking for about 10 years, mainly on my own. I learned the basic embossing of images from a friend, but most of my learning has been initially from magazines, and then the internet. I have attended some classes, and I love learning new techniques. I started blogging here about three years ago, and have enjoyed the experience, it is a great way to connect with other card makers. I first experienced digi stamps two and a half years ago and have learnt to love them, especially once I discovered how to size them, and which mediums worked best to colour them with.
I live in a relatively small town in New Zealand with my husband – we have two adult offspring who are married, and three grand children whom we visit, and have to visit, as often as possible – they keep us young and active. Although I have strong Christian beliefs, I am not particularly active in my local church due to health issues.
I also garden, knit, embroider and make bobbin, crochet and needle lace, and sew for the grandies on occasion – having a myriad of hobbies keeps me occupied, and the skills often ‘cross over’ from one to another."