Friday, July 31, 2015

Cancer Awareness Joint Blog Hop {Sparkle N Sprinkle August Reveal} (08/01/2015)

WOW! Sparkle N Sprinkle is partnering with Die Versions for a very special joint blog hop, called the Awareness Campaign. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the newly released dies and the stamp sets revealed in the joint blog hop will go to help with cancer research.  

Almost every one of us has been touched by cancer is one way or another.  We or a family member has had cancer or we know someone who has had cancer.  The Designers from both teams are joining together to help the fight to eradicate all cancers by inspiring you.

Die-Versions is debuting NINE new Die-Versions low profile dies (July 2015 Reveal - scroll down to the end of the reveal).
Sparkle N Sprinkle is revealing THREE stamp sets for this Awareness Campaign.  All stamp sets will be 20% off until Aug 3.  
Sparkle N Sprinkle
Pink Ribbon Background 408  (digi version DIGI408)
Survivor 713    (digi version DIGI713T)
Awareness 714   (digi version  DIGI714T)

A Grand Prize winner will be chosen from comments left on the Designers' blogs and will be announced on August 4th.  You won't know who the Mystery Designer is until after the Joint Blog hop, so remember to leave a comment with each of the Designers.  
The Winner will be announced on the Die-Versions Facebook page, the Sparkle N Sprinkle Facebook page, the DV Blog, and on the SNS Blog, and will receive a $25 gift certificate from BOTH Die-Versions and Sparkle N Sprinkle.

We hope you enjoy the Awareness Joint Blog Hop as much as we have enjoyed creating new projects for it.  We also hope that we have inspired you as well.  Thanks for joining us and remember to comment on each of the Designers' blogs to be eligible for the Grand Prize.  (We love reading them too since your comments also inspire us.)  

The Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge also begins today with lots of prizes and recognition badges.  Find out how you can become a SNS Featured Artist with special recognition on the SNS Facebook page as well as the Creative Challenge Winner's post.  From time to time, we also have special prizes just for Featured Artists.  The theme is always Anything Goes using Loose Glitter, Embossing Powder, and/or Flock.

For my reveal project, I made a card using Sparkle N Sprinkle's new Awareness 714 stamp set, along with Die Versions' Awareness Ribbon Doily Whispers DV-478, and Awareness Heart Whispers DV-484. I made this card, in light blue, to celebrate a loved one who is a prostate cancer survivor. Light blue is the ribbon color for this type of cancer.
To make this card, I used the die cuts to cut out freezer paper and used the freezer paper pieces as a mask. Freezer paper can be ironed onto paper, using medium-high heat (no steam). It will seal onto the paper. I used some water color paper, so I could add water to the background. After I ironed on the freezer paper, I blended some distress ink over the paper, sprayed on some Ken Oliver Crafts Color Burst Ultramarine Blue (KN-06066), and then spritzed it with water. This gave the card panel a lot of depth and multiple shades of blue.
After I had the background color the shades I wanted, I used my heat gun to heat up the freezer paper, which allowed the freezer paper to be released from the water color paper, and I peeled it up. If the freezer paper stopped releasing, I just hit that spot again with my heat tool until it was all peeled up.

Here is what the panel looked like, after removing all the freezer paper, which reveals the masked area, contrasted with inked and water colored background! This way of masking is amazing!
After I finished the background, I adhered strips of 1/8" Double Sided "Tear-ific Tape" (SAT02) along each edge of the card panel, and covered it with Gypsy Red Velvet Glitter (microfine) (GM2005), and burnished it in with my finger tool. I also used a glue pen to draw in glue within the little sweet hearts that are part of the Heart die, and adhered more glitter. I also used the glue pen and traced along the word "survivor" and covered it with Cloud Nine Velvet Glitter (microfine) (GM2000). It is hard to see in this photo, but it sparkles much more in real life!
I stamped out Sparkle N Sprinkle's Awareness 714 stamp set and stamped the sentiment with Versamark Ink and then covered it with Red Apple Embossing Powder (EP276) and heat set it on a strip of white cardstock. Then, I cut a fish-tail banner and framed it with black cardstock to highlight the sentiment.

Here is another close up of the Ribbon Doily masked image, and the background coloring.

That's it for my card for this reveal - it was a fun card to make, and I would like to send hugs and love to all of us that have had cancer touch our lives, and to thank you for your support of this Awareness Campaign and your support for cancer research. Let's stop this disease as soon as we can!
Hopefully you came from Diane's blog.  Your next stop on the Awareness Campaign Blog Hop is Belinda.  If you get lost along the way or have a problem with a link, the complete list of Designers is located on both the Die-Versions Blog as well as the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog. Happy Hopping!
Thanks for stopping by, have a magical day! 



  1. Like the wonderful artsy look of this. Wonderful idea to use freezer paper. Not tried that before and you've inspired me to give it a try.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  2. Oh wow, this is so awesome!! I love the use of freezer paper - I've got to try it!! The background looks amazing!! Thanks so much for the tip!! So happy to be hopping with you!!

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  3. Chris- this is awesome! Love this technique and the card you made! You did a fantastic job! Thank you for the inspiration!
    I am your newest follower and looking forward to seeing more of your awesomeness. :)

  4. Fabulous technique! Your card is outstanding.

  5. This is amazing! I am definitely going to try this technique! Love that it gives you a crisp edge with no leaking of the watercolors underneath.

  6. I love how you cut out the dies with freezer paper to use them as a stencil! Your card looks amazing! Love the red glitter around the edges too!

  7. Great design. I love the stenciling.

  8. Beautiful, beautiful the background and what a fun it love it!!

  9. This is beautiful! I just love your stencil technique!

  10. Very modern and very cool. I'm obsessed w/watercolors lately, so I'm loving this card.

  11. This card is so cool! Thanks for the lesson on using freezer paper. That is a new trick I'll have to try.

  12. Love the card and your technique is a great idea.

  13. Such a cool masking technique. The card came out great!

  14. Love the background technique - thanks for sharing! Your card is stunning.

  15. Learned something new with the freezer paper. That is what makes these blog hops worth it.

  16. Great card and great technique.

  17. Super idea on using the freezer paper, and a heat gun to remove the I have a new use for my freezer paper! Before I used it when quilting, never thought about using it as a mask on paper. I have distressed ink too so thank you so much for the idea! Great card!

  18. Great card. Thanks for your explanation how you made it!

  19. thanks for the tip on using the freezer paper. It's good to get a reminder of some of these techniques.
    The card is beautiful.
    thanks for sharing

  20. Beautiful! And so cool too!!! Thanks for the inspiration, I might have to try this technique! :)


  21. Great technique, it made a stunning card!

  22. Great card. Love the idea of using Dylusions and die cuts for stenciling. Very clever and pretty!

  23. Wonderful card- love the technique. Just beautiful.

  24. Wow I am super impressed - your technique us awesome, and your finished projects are cool and so super inspiring!! Something else that is inspiring I'd this hop - thank you for being a part of it!!

  25. your blue and white creation is fantastic, especially with the powdered watercolors! Love the variation in the blue hues, and the choice of white embellishments on top!