Saturday, January 27, 2018

Totally Techniques - Eclipse Technique

Welcome back to our first blog hop of 2018 - the Totally Techniques Design team have some amazing projects planned for you this year. If you want to see us feature a technique of your choice, simply comment and tell me what it is. . .

This month we are doing the very popular Eclipse Technique!

I hope you enjoyed Nadine's incredible project, she is just soooo talented. It's always hard to follow in her footsteps. Because there are a number of ways to incorporate the eclipse technique I have done three projects this month:
The first is a square card, incorporating the Sale-a-Bration set, Amazing You and an eclipse using the Layering Oval Framelits.
The base card is thick Whisper White, Mounted with a square of Pool Party card stock and the top stamping layer is a square of standard Whisper White card. I also "framed the card" with a further square of Pool Party card stock at the rear.
The flower stamp from Amazing You is stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and coloured using Stampin' Blends - I got inspiration for the colour scheme from the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Papers. The Stampin' Blends are - Dark and Light Pumpkin Pie, Dark and Light Daffodil Delight and light Pool Party. I used the Colour Lifter a fair bit to blend the colours.
The flowers on the left were stamped directly onto the card whilst the flower on the bottom right has been stamped on a scrap of Whisper White card and fussy cut. I mounted it over the oval eclipse feature. I also stamped extra leaves and arranged them around the bottom of the left flower and above and below the right flower.
The ovals cut into the card are the largest from the Layering Ovals Framelits and the largest oval from the Stitched Shape Framelits, I have mounted the frame with dimensionals cut into threes. The amazing sentiment is from the Sale-a-Bration Celebrate You Thinlits, cut in Pumpkin Pie. The sentiments "you are simply" are stamps in the Amazing You set.
I like the shape eclipse because it's really subtle and can be used on cards for any occasions.

The next card I created used the word "celebrate" from the Celebrate You thinlits and the Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Papers:
This project highlights using designer series paper in the eclipse technique and you will see that I have dimensionalised the negative when the opposite has been popular in projects across Pinterest and the internet.
I call this pattern the raining confetti from the Sweet Soiree Specialty DSP.  I have mounted it on a rectangle of Silver Foil Paper and the base card is thick Whisper White card stock. The only stamping is literally the "you" from the Amazing You stamp set which is just so versatile. I have stamped it in Smokey Slate ink.  I haven't decided if this will be a birthday card or a congratulatory card.
I glued the "celebrate" sentiment directly to the Silver Foil and then stuck dimensionals all over the back of the DSP and the larger negative cut outs from the sentiment.
I added the thin strip of Silver Glimmer Paper as an afterthought as I hoped it would make the card pop a little more. It's a very plain and simple card but I think that the recipient will think it's fabulous!

My final project incorporates what we are used to seeing from the incredible card makers of the world - its an eclipse of the framelit sentiment:
The "you" has been eclipsed. The card base is thick Whisper White, mounted with a rectangle of Calypso Coral and then mounted with Whisper White card. I have stamped the rose outline from the Cake Soiree stamp set in Marina Mist ink and the sentiment "celebrate" from Amazing You in Calypso Coral directly onto the card stock. 
I wanted the flowers to look like a bouquet so I cut out the coloured image from the Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper and mounted it directly onto the card stock, I positioned it the way that I did because of the print of the flowers and wanted it to lead naturally into the sentiment.
I love the leaves framelit from the Sweet Cake Framelit set that matches the Sweet Soiree DSP and Cake Soiree stamp set. I cut several of them in Old Olive and also some in Silver Glimmer Paper for some bling and nestled these under the DSP image. I wanted to keep the floral feature flat so that the dimensionalised words popped further.
I love how the Calypso Coral back mount peeps through around the sentiment "you" from the Celebrate You Framelits. Again I glued the centre of the "o" to the background and used dimensionals to pop the word.
I hope you can see how well it all marries in!

So - did you get some inspiration from this hop? I hope so, the next Design Team member is Annette who makes the most wonderful projects! I know you are going to be so excited to see her card this month!
Until next month, stay crafty!
Shanni xx

Order of Blog Hop  for January 
Nadine Weiner Germany
Shannean Moncrieff Australia - that's me!
Annette Elias Netherlands
Zoe Tant United Kingdom
Kelly Acheson United States
Lynsay Mahon Canada
Barbara Meyer Austria
Paula Dobson New Zealand


  1. Oh wow, your 2nd card is sooo cool. It's like eclipse technique 2.0. I never thought of using the negative. It's so pretty!

  2. Oh, goodness Shannean! You have so many terrific ideas with this technique! I particularly like the negative eclipse. Very clever, very smart x

  3. Awesome card selection Shannean. I particularly like the last with the subtle eclipse on the You. Zoe x

  4. WOW Shannean, three cards for us crafters to see and CASE. Thank you so much for being part of this International Blop Hop too. I love your Eclipse it is so clever I will definitely be giving this a go. :o)

  5. OMG it's incredible Shanni ! I never thought using this technique with sitching framelits, thanks for the inspiration !

  6. you clever girl! I love the negative eclipse! I hadn't thought to do that! Your cards are beautiful Shannean!

  7. What a beautiful selection of eclipse cards. I love all three. I’ve saved this post every which way I can. I’ll definitely be trying some of these different eclipse examples. ❤️

  8. When it comes to eclipse cards, I only think of Alphabet dies but any dies can be used for this technique, can't we?! Thank you for the inspiration!

  9. I love all three cards Shanni! And the negative eclipse is great!


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