Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Let's Party & - Celebrate HB - Easel Macarons

Yogi here today with a tutorial on making faux "Macarons"... I love Macarons but since they have too much refined sugar which I try to abstain from, I have to be happy with the faux ones. Sigh!!! Click on any image to enlarge. Enjoy

I'm using several A Way With Word dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs, "It's A Party"; "Let It Snow"; "Calligraphic Elements 2 - Ampersand" all 3 also available on Quietfire Design HERE, HERE and HERE

I'm also using several sentiment stamps from Quietfire Design "Just For You" 4pce set; "Twirl and Enjoy" 3pce set; "Happy Birthday Plain and Simple" 7pce set

Folded my white card in half (5" square") and then used the outside edge as a guide from the largest die of the Beaded Circles (Elizabeth Craft Designs) to cut my circle. Scored and folded the front half in half to create the easel. Cut another white circle for the front piece. Ran it through my embossing machine using the "Coffee Bean" embossing folder (Elizabeth Craft Designs), inking one side with Distress "Old Paper" and clear embossing after dry embossing. Hit the high points with "Ground Espresso" pad. Adhered to card front.

Die cut the largest beaded circle, keeping the negative piece for the floor. Inked the beaded circle using the espresso pad and adhered to card.

Created my Macrons - see tutorial at bottom.

Die cut the
party  from "It's A Party" from pink cardstock and the 's & "Let" from  "Let It Snow" from aqua cardstock, cutting off the bits I needed to create the word "let's"

Adhered all my elements to the front. Adding some colored enamel dots.

On the Floor: Sponged the negative of the beaded circle using "Fossilized Amber". Sponged some espresso around the edge of the floor. Adhered the negative piece to the floor.

Stamped the words "
"Just For You - Celebrate" 4pce set", "Twirl and Enjoy" 3pce set", and "Happy Birthday Plain and Simple" 7pce set, masking off the areas I didn't want to stamp using Versafine Black Onyx and clear embossing.

Die cut the "
Calligraphic Elements 2 - Ampersand" from a red cardstock and adhered.

Adhered the bottom edge of the red Macarons to act as my stopper.

Step 1: Created the Macrons by cutting fat oval shapes (use a die or punch or electronic cutter, or cut by hand...) - you need 3 the same size ovals for each Macarons. Keep one of your negative pieces as well to use as a stencil.

Step 2: Place the stencil approx 3/16" above the bottom edge (you can see this with the open space from the negative cut out), hold the negative piece and your oval firmly and sponge with your meringue color, laying down a heavier color around the edges going to nothing in the center.

Step 3: Remove stencil and sponge the upper edge

Step 4:  then sponge the lower edge where the traditional feet of Macarons is.

Step 5: Sponge the 2nd oval in a similar way placing the stencil approx 1/4" above the bottom edge and sponge. Remove stencil and sponge the bottom edge white area.

 Step 6: With a matching colored pencil that is slightly darker than your sponged color add little nicks and dots to create the "feet" look. (pay attention to what area your are adding the nicks...)

You can color the 3rd oval which is your filling or leave it white and use Viva Pearl Pens or Liquid Pearls to give that glossy filling look. 

Step 7: Adhere the 3 layers.

Step 8: add the Viva Pearl or Liquid Pearls in a thin bead.

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