With today’s Hambo Hoedown we (the Bacon Bits) would like to recognize the birthday of our wonderful illustrator – Tim Hunter! His Birthday is tomorrow but we are celebrating early. We thank him for our weekly oohs, and ahhs, and hahas!

Here’s to you Tim!! I Hope your day is F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C!!

Our image this week is this cute image called “Toaster”, he was free to those who played last week.  [It is not too late to join in! Grab a freebie and see what it is all about. You’ll get next week’s image free just for playing!]

Our challenge this week was to do a card using the soot technique, burned edges, or gingham. Being the technique junkie I am, I decided to go for the soot technique (easily got some burned edges at the same time – haha!)

It is a fairly easy technique.

  • You simply run glossy cardstock (glossy side down) over a candle flame. It has to touch the flame and you can see it happening on the other side – Careful not to stay in one place too long, keep running it over the flame until all areas are smokey.
  • [Do not touch the smokey area with your fingers or you will wipe off the soot!]
  • Flip it over and “stamp it” with a background stamp (no ink.)
  • Finish it up by spraying fixative over it to seal it in – a very neat look. I didn’t even set the smoke alarm off so it was definitely a success!

 For fun, I decided to do a Splitcoast Stamper Sketch Challenge for this card – SC409. I think it turned out really well and after doing the technique and choosing the pieces, it was nice to have someone else help with the layout!

Supplies for this card:

  1. Stamps:
    • “Toaster” Digital image by Hambo Stamps
    • Birthday and Let’s Party rubber stamp I-cling sets by G studios – for the background
  2. Paper:
    • Smokey Shadow by Papertrey Ink (appropriate huh?)
    • Lucky Limeade by Stampin’ Up
    • Pure Poppy by Papertrey Ink
    • Glossy White
    • DP – Picnic Fun/ A walk in the Park – by Echo Park
  3. Ink: Copic Markers
  4. Other supplies:
    • multicolored twine
    • Eyelet
    • Small and large tag punch – Stampin’ Up
    • Rectangle and deckled rectangle die cuts – Spellbinders

Thanks for stopping by! ‘Til next time!