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August 13, 2013

Smackdown! ATCAS #19; NBUS #36; Pixie's #85; and Technique Time Tuesday

Yo Dee Oh Hoo Hoo!

You didn't know I could yodel, did you?!
So it turned out I had to work yesterday to finish up my project and it was a very long day.  The good news is I did get some cards made over the weekend using a brand-new-to-me technique.  Oh, man was it ever fun!  I think this technique goes back a ways, so you'll just have to forgive me if it's all old-hat to you!
The technique is called "Smackin' Acetate" and Mynnette has a wonderful video showing how to do the technique on her Technique Time Tuesday challenge site.  This is my first time playing in this particular challenge of the ever-inventive Mynnette!
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I'm also reentering Addicted to CAS (ATCAS) where the code word is "Summer,"
and the snippets challenge over at Pixie's Crafty Snippets Playground. Playmate Sam involuntarily provided the Playground with a teddy bear mascot:
Him's so cute.  I'm going to consider him our temporary "badge" until our sweet hostess Di has a chance to make one. 
As always, many of the challenges I enter have awesome sponsors and prizes, so I hope you will click on the links for the details, meet the fab Design Teams and Guest Designers, be amazed by their inspiration cards, and join in these fun challenges! 
Okay, let's get toit.  As you will see from Mynn's great video, you start with a sheet of acetate that you can find at office supply stores and, no doubt, online.  Then you use your markers or reinkers to squabble on a pattern.  Honestly, the variations for design with this technique are endless!  So here is a collage of my process using Stampin' Up! markers in some of my favorite colors:
For specifics, please click on Mynn's video.  I used both glossy paper and matte paper and my personal preference is glossy paper.  In the above photos, I was using glossy.  Bonus when you are finished is that you can just wipe off your sheet of acetate with a paper towel or baby wipe and the sheet can then be reused.  (I also love the designs you have left over on your dried baby wipe!)
I made three cards with this technique and if I didn't have a workshop to prepare for and a Playhouse to revamp, I think I would still be making cards.  It is incredibly addicting!
Using matte paper, for my first card I marked and smacked a large area so I could use it as a background:
I then stamped my image and sediment directly over the background design.  To give the card a little texture, I embossed the bottom edge with a heart border EF.
In both cards below, the acetate was smacked onto glossy paper. 
For the card above, I used a snippet of glossy paper, trimmed it, stamped on it, tied it with a bow snippet, and then adhered it to my white mat with pop dots.  (As usual, it is much prettier and shinier IRL.)
For the card below, I masked a wrecked angle using post-it notes and then laid the prepared acetate over it for the background.  The awesome Adirondack chair and sediment are NBUS images from a Technique Tuesday stamp set called "Summer."
In addition to Christmas cards (which I'm doing, too), I am beginning to see Halloween and autumn cards in Bloggervania, so I'm delighted I got a chance to use these awesome summer images before it's too weird to do so.

Arriving at the Playhouse in adorable summer dresses are two new friends!  Please meet Roberta B. of The White Witches Cottage and Brenda of Disney Girl Crafts!  I just love the imaginations of all you crafters and card artists out there!  Welcome, ladies, and thank you for joining our party!!
Enjoy your day!  No, seriously, enjoy.  LITS* 
As always, thank you for coming by to visit the Playhouse and special thanks to you if you take the time to leave a comment and/or join as a follower!
*Life Is Too Short!  

Paper:  PTI white; SU! whisper white, Bermuda bay;
  Stampland glossy
Stamps:  Technique Tuesday "Summer";
  SU! "Summer by the Sea" and "Long-Stemmed" (?)
  Hero Arts "Smiles & Laughter" F2361;
Ink:  Versafine onyx black; SU! markers
Dies:  Cuttlebug "Dotted Swiss"
  SU! dotted oval and heart strip
Ribbon:  SU! Celery organza, Bermuda bay dotted,
   and Mistletoe
Acetate sheets


Suze Bain said...

Hi Darnell, what a lovely trio, lovely sentiments and such a pretty colour scheme. This is a new technique for me - first time round must've been "before my time". lol! Xx

Victoria said...

Hello yodeller! Lovely summery cards. The backgrounds are "smashing" and very eye-catching! A Playhouse revamp?... oooo I wonder what you're up to in there!

JD/ Jill said...

All great cards...Must check out mynnette's technique this month...Looks like a great challenge!

Jacquie Southas said...

Lovely cards made with a fun technique - one of my favorite color combinations too!

Karen Petitt said...

Thank you so much Darnell for joining in with us it means a lot!
I love the colours you've used and your cards are beautiful! I will go and get some glossy paper out now - I never thought to try that I've been using non glossy. Love that long pom pom flower stamp! Karen x

Annie said...

Well Darnell.......you have certainly taken to this technique and the outcome is fabulous. I love them all.

Look forward to viewing the Halloween ones

Crafty Hugs

Annie x

Unknown said...

Just love, love, love the colours you have used to create your beautiful cards. The little girl stamp is one of my favourites.

Unknown said...

So glad you had fun with your slapping/smacking time Dippy.......you'll have your whip out soon! Three absolute stuners but I adore your second card - perhaps it's the flowers but that sentiment is wonderful. Gives you a lovely warm feeling....


Karendipity xxx

Unknown said...

Gosh, got so carried away I totally forgot to say thank you for joining our challenge (again) at Addicted to CAS.


Karendipity xxx

Cathy said...

Gorgeous cards Darnell, the colours are so lovely. I must try this technique, for once I have everything! TFS:) Cathy x

Kim M said...

Great set of cards Darnell! That technique looks awesome! I've never tried it but I may have to now. :-)

Kathyk said...

Not know you could yodel!?!?!? I could hear you from here!!! Keep it down pal, people trying to sleep!!! FAB technique - might have to give that a go. Love your makes too, Darnell


Sharron said...

All are fantastic--love the wonderful summery colors! Adore the little girl image and the sweet sentiment on your first card!

Vicki Dutcher said...

I have done this technique -- not with such soft and pretty results though~ I am loving your summer card especially with the big summer! :) Thanks for joining in at ATCAS again!

Meg said...

Goodness all of these cards are fabulous! Holy creativity Batman!

Kim Heggins said...

You have been a busy little bee even with all your time working...love it! Your cards are amazing and what a fabulous technique too. I did that one using Gelato's, so fun and I just love the way your cards turned out. All winners in my book!

Sue said...

Thanks for your lovely comment and following me!! love your cards and yes I will give the girls a huge huggles LOL Sue xx


Fabulous cards and fabulous techniques as always Darnell. Love the idea of smacking your craft - it sounds very therapeutic!!
The image on the first card is wonderful - takes me back to the days when little girls wore dresses and straw hats in summer.
Thank you so much for sharing your summer cards with us at ATCAS - Sylvia xxx

Di said...

Oooer, you cracked the smacking girl! Fabulous cards - don't ask me to pick a favourite but I love that you were bold enough to mask off a border and then smack the acetate down.

I get the hint - I need to do a Playground button toot sweet. I did get partway there ages ago so I have the process worked out - it's getting my b*tt into gear that's the issue. I like Snippets for the teddy - do you think T.B Teddy makes him sound like he ought to be in an isolation ward though? It does have a ring about it though!

Hugs, Di xx

jimlynn said...

I'm going to have to go check this out now.....maybe even I could do it!!!
Fantastic set of cards! Love all the images you used and the little heart embossing at the bottom of that one is great.

Carol L said...

These cards all turned out to be gorgeous!! I love the blue & green colors together on all of them!

Bonnie said...

These are so pretty, Darnell! Not just the backgrounds but the images you put on them. I feel like smacking something. Let me see if I can find some acetate!

Loll said...

Hi Dolly. All three are so pretty!! Love that technique ... I have heard of it, but haven't tried it myself. Will go and check out Mynnette's video and give it a try! Thanks so much for joining us again at ATCAS! Lolly xx

Karen said...

Wonderful cards, all three of them. Love the color choice and the different card layouts too! So glad you enjoyed this technique, I too prefer the glossy, as it gave me more movement with the ink/water. thanks for sharing and playing along this month at TTT. - Karen, DT

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Darnell, love your colours and how all three card compliment each other, the designs are beautiful. Great inky technique. I know it's been early for Christmas designs but I'm quite happy to work on them ahead. Next month will be something different :) Hugs, Shirleyx

Lisa Elton said...

Sounds like a fun technique!! Your cards turned out great, they're all SO PRETTY!!

Katy said...

Wow! These are all so fantastic! I love all of the different stamps you used. It is a versatile technique-that's what I love about it! :) Thank you so much for joining us at Technique Time Tuesday! :)

Anonymous said...

LOVE these, Darnell. I so want to try the acetate technique now! Thanks for sharing your beautiful creations!

Jules said...

Hi Darnell

These are so gorgeous .. .. but the sentiment on the last one makes that my fav!

Loving the colours and technique though I doubt "Miss" will be happy about there being "smacking" in the playground!!! LOL!!!

Love Jules xx

Redanne said...

Oh my goodness Darnell, you do that smacking brilliantly! I love all three cards, they are absolutely stunning - love that great technique, must have a go. Beautiful work! Hugs, Annie xx

Anonymous said...

Wow !!! All 3 are brilliant --- I love those colors, too !!

I would never ever ever have guessed that you are "smacking" to get that result!! It's just so perfect !!!

Loving this technique for a background -- must try it !!

These cards are sure to win -- they are just too awesome !!

Jessi Fogan said...

Oh em gee, I've never heard of this technique! Lookit that. Pure dee awesome!!

cm said...

Lovely X 1000000 cards, Darnell! Thanks so much for sharing this technique! Once the mobile crafting unit returns home, I am sooooo going to give this a try!! Fabulous post, as always!

Jenny said...

That looks like a fab technique.. i love the artsy effect :0)
Your chair card would look great in a frame too :0)
jenny x

Aileen said...

Oooh I'm loving this. New to me too. Beautiful cards Darnell. I love the colours you've used here. I'll have to find some time to get smacking tomorrow!! x

Joyce said...

What a cool technique. It is new to me, too. Love the colors and your three cards.

Brenda "Disney Girl" said...

Great technique and the cards turned out wonderful! Thanks so much for the shout out! Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

What a fabulous technique-i just LOVE the cards you have created,in fact i would say the tall flower and the chair card are probably my favourite cards you have made so far :)Good luck with the playhouse clearout-its a dirty job but someone has to do it!
Have a great day,Nessa xx

Sarn said...

Great technique and lovely results Darnell. Wonderful.


stressfreestamping said...

I love all three of your cards! The colors you chose are so calming and beautiful. I like how you kept them all pretty simple so you can focus on that gorgeous background. Thanks for joining us at TTT and ATCAS. :)

Geri said...

Thanks for the mini tutorial. I have seen this done before, but had forgotten all about it! Your fab trio has definitely got me itching to smack dab some schtuff and see what I can come up with! Best part is you don't have to worry about staying within the lines! Awesome images that work so well with this technique!

Mynn xx said...

Darnell, these turned out GORGEOUSLY! Love the summery colors you chose and all the images are perfect! Thank you SO MUCH for joining us at TTT--hope you join us again SOON! :) Mynn xx

maria f. said...

Lazy days of summer - what a fabulous design. Doesn't sound like your having them, though. Lazy days that is.

Karen M said...

I have never seen this technique before either Darnell but I love the effect and your cards are stunning! I love them all - hugs xx

Nan G said...

Squabble and Smack huh? Love those technical terms you're using. :) Great cards BTW !

Unknown said...

Oh my Darnell! All three of these are amazing and showcase our technique beautifully! Thanks for joining us at TTT!