Sunday, April 15, 2012

April Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!  This month we are highlighting the Layering a Window” Technique as shown on page 33 in the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book!  This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique. 
We would love to see what you’ve created using this month’s technique, please visit our challenge blog  where you can share your project and be entered in a chance to win great prizes.  You will also find a listing of all participants and their blog addresses if you should get lost or want to reference a blog along the way.  Let’s get started! 

Since I needed some Easter gifts, I thought this would be a great way to combine my blog project and gift giving.  I made one in brown/gold and the other in black/silver.  The process was the same for each, just in different colors.

I traced a foam cross onto the cardstock and cut it out using a craft blade.  The cross that was cut out was put aside, as I only wanted the 12x12 paper with a big cross-shaped hole in it. 

Next, I inked the edges of the negative space – using tone on tone ink to paper.  On the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, I used the <Flower 2> Shift, Font Layer and cut it “fit to page.” 

While that was cutting, I used Versamark to stamp the image of “He Is Risen” on the bottom right corner of my 12x12 top sheet.  Then I poured the desired color of embossing powder onto the ink and set it with the heat gun. 

Once the flourish was cut out, I began making my layers.  The very back is the gold or silver sheet, then the flourish, then the top sheet with the embossing. 

As you can see, I took the pictures of the black one before putting it into a frame.  The frames have terrible glare, but I wanted to give you an idea of how the finished product looked.

As I mentioned, I made these as Easter gifts for my family.  The black/silver one is for my brother and sister-in-law and the brown/gold one is for my mother. 

I’d love to hear what you think of my interpretation of the Layering Technique.  Leave a comment, then hop on over to Joy's page to see what she has created this month.

Thank you for stopping by!

Close To My Heart Shopping List:
Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge Z1686
Black Ink – Z2105
Cocoa Ink – Z2114
Black 12x12 paper 1386
Cocoa 12x12 paper X5642
He Is Risen Stamp set B1397
Round Sponge – Z697
Euro Personal Paper Trimmer – Z338
Edge Distresser - Z1297
Microtip Scissors – Z534
VersaMark Z891

Non-CTMH Shopping List
Gold and Silver paper from The Paper Company
Razor Blade
Frames (brown & black)
Gold and Silver embossing powder
Heat gun


  1. OMG!! I LOVE THIS!! You can even add some of those new jewels on there in the middle.
    I have got to do this TODAY!!!!! Beautiful!!

  2. totally going to do this! Really great way to use the technique.

  3. Awesome Job Michelle - I knew you had great talent in you.

  4. WOW! Beautiful!! I could see this being made into a very moving sympathy card.