Thursday, April 14, 2011


Welcome to the Tax Day Blues Blog Hop!!! Below is a list of the bloggers participating in the hop, in case you get lost along the way. I am your 6th hop, if you came from: Elaine, Expressions by Elaine, you are on the right track! If not, please go back to Angie, at Tuttle Time to start the Hop at the beginning!  Here is the  entire list.

1. Angie, TuttleTime,
2. Ellen, Craft Monkey,
3. Tristan, Tristan’s Time4Craftin,
4. Tammy, Nesting Pretty,
5. Elaine, Expressions by Elaine,
6. Angelia, (FB: Angelia Upchurch)  YOU ARE HERE!!!!
7. Belinda, Bee’s Hive of Drama,
8. Mary,
9. Wendy,
10. Jackie,
11. Jill,
12. Leah,
14. Mary J.,
15. Tiffany,

Now for my project!  I had read and heard of using a lit candle held close to white cardstock to color and distress paper with the soot.  Since this was a new technique for me I thought I would try it for this hop. 
I held the paper over the top of the birthday candle really close (be careful not to set the paper on fire -- yes I really did so I am speaking from experience hee hee).  The outcome is pictured below:

Once you have the layer of soot that you like, you stamp an uninked image into the soot to create a negative image.  I used Tim Holtz stamps, pictured below:

You must spray the negative image with spray sealer and let it dry completely before creating your card.  Below is my finished card!

The paper stack is DCWV Tradewinds collection as well as navy blue and black cardstock.  The card is an 8X3 1/2 inch top folded card.  The patterned paper is cut to 7 5/8 X 3 1/8 inches.  The white cardstock with the negative image stamped into the soot is cut at 5 1/2 X 2 3/4 inches.

I also added Navy blue and Chocolate Brown sheer ribbon with a small key attached to the tied knot.  The life's journey metal embellishment is threaded onto the navy blue ribbon.  There are also negative images inside the card.  Below is a close up of the saying stamped in soot and located on the left hand side of the inside of the card.

I hope you enjoyed my project!
I will be adding blog candy this weekend so come back for another project and some candy!   If you like this project, and want to see more like this please become a follower.

Thanks  for stopping by.
Your next stop is: Belinda, Bee’s Hive of Drama,


Ellen ♥ CardMonkey said...

Hi Angelia! I'll take your word for it that this is a neat effect ... if I were to try it, my HOUSE would become the township's drama. I'm allergic to fire sirens, so I think I'll not try this one, but thanks!! This is one of those projects that should come with its own disclaimer: "PROFESSIONAL CRAFTER ON A CLOSED SET. Do not try this at home." Well .... I *am* a terror in the kitchen, as any follower of mine knows. I have scars to prove it!

Interesting technique, though!

Ellen ♥ CardMonkey

Pat N. said...

Wow, that's pretty amazing. Really different and like the effect with the stamped images.

TuttleTime said...

Wow...I am speechless! That card was soooo cool!!! I love everything about it..the ribbon, the distressing (and how you caught the first one on fire..LOL!). Thank you SO much for featuring this new technique. Talk about stretching limits. I love the stamp and metal embellishments, too. It would be a great Father's Day card. How wonderful. Thank you for sharing. I am so glad you took part in this blog hop. I just became a follower. :)

Bee's hive said...

This is so unique and uber cool! I thought for sure it was going to be brown and poof then it was blue...fabulous!

Elaine said...

This is a cool project! You did a fantastic job, never seen this before!
thanks for sharing and for the chance to win:)
Already a follower

Tiffany said...

I LOVE your project!!

Mary said...

Beautiful!! I a=have never heard of this before, pretty amazing.

Vicki said...

Interesting technique - thanks for sharing and being brave enough to try. I like the result.

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sweetlilscrapper said...

love it!! :)

Amanda said...

What a really need effect. I never heard of that but think I might have to try it one day. Am also a new follower.
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The Scrapoholic said...

what a cool technique! never heard of it! thanks for showing how to do it! love how your project turned out! TFS!

Tam said...

I am so not a crafty card gal.. so this is pretty darn cool!!

love it!!

Following ya

Tam ♥

Jenn said...

I have not seen that technique done before but I like the results! Wonderful cards, TFS!

Shannon Leffew Keith said...

Really cool concept but one Im not brave enough to try. Great job!

Mary Jaminski said...

Hi Angelia! Smokin' technique! Totally goes with the Tim Holtz stamps. Thanks for sharing!

Donna said...

What an interesting technique--I want to try it this weekend. What kind of sealant do you use?

alwayscharlie said...

WOW! This is such a neat effect! Thanks so much for sharing!

shersl84bed said...

Wow, that is super creative.

Smiles Sher

Kaitlin said...

Very cool!:)


Bevy48 said...

I am a newbie to your blog :-) I love soot stamping, I did it years ago but have not done a project for a long time, now I am inspired to do it again :-) blanphear @ yahoo dot com

Tristan's Time 4 Craftin' said...

wow that is cool thanks for being in hop it was fun

see ya

the purple muse said...

That is a super cool technique! Thanks for sharing:-) Did you do a Youtube video? I'm going to check!

I'm a new follower!


Just call me Vic said...

Thanks for sharing! This is great!

Ashley McKenzie said...

I love this effect! I am going to have to try it for my boys :)

Lisa said...

Wow - I have never seen this technique before! What an awesome project! I am definitely going to try this (with a fire extinguisher close by ;) Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful card :)

chignon said...

very interesting technique! So what did you use as a sealant? Terrific card :)

Lucila Ortega said...

I am Colombian. I love to participate in their blog hop, I apologize that I do not speak English, but it helped me a translator.

cowbelleru said...

Wow, I really like how your cards turned out. They look great. TFS!!

joydee1963 said...

What a great technique!! love it!!!!!joydee1963 at yahoo dot com

BethA said...

The effect was amazing...(and thanks for admitting you caught the first one on fire!) Now I won't feel so bad if that happens to me when I try! :)


iluvkatie74 said...

Cute project. I have never heard of doing that. I would be too scared to do it though.

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Debc06 said...

Great projects. Love the colors and the key. TFS
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Rhonda Emery said...

thank for sharing really neat idea.

Jana said...

How totally cool is that technique. I've been around scrapbooking a long time and it never seizes to amaze me the things creative people come up with!

Tamara said...

Oh that is so cool! Thanks for sharing such an awesome technique! I have never seen that before!
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Wendy (aka Roo) said...

Hi Angelia! I'm a little late hopping about, but I wanted to make sure I got to everyones blog.
Love your card and what a great technique! It really looks like smoke!

Ellen ♥ CardMonkey said...

Well, I didn't try the burning technique yet, but later today I may take out a saw and build something. LOOK OUT!

You've posted VERY nice ideas on your blog! Thank you for sharing! I've left you a BLOG AWARD for pick up on my blog, please stop by for it. You've earned it. Enjoy!!

Ellen ♥ CardMonkey