Saturday, January 8, 2011

Technique Card

I'm not jump up and down crazy about this card, but it has some pretty elements to it.  First of all, the background paper is done from white card stock.  I smeared distress inks Victorian Velvet and Stormy sky on the glass mat (you could use a craft mat).  Then I squished the cardstock into it.  I let that dry, and then spritzed it with a water/sunflower perfect pearls solution.  It gives it a sheen that can't be seen in a scan.  Then when dry, I ran it through with a T.H. embossing folder.

The squares are heat embossed in black and then the flower part is painted in with the same perfect pearls color.  I used two different flourish stamps.  The first is a bolder flourish, which I will explain in a minute and the second is I think Inkadinkado.

This is the larger flourish stamp.
I made this stamp with sticky back fun foam and a die cut.  The technique is on Tim's blog.  It is mounted on the hard plastic packaging that the dies and other supplies come in.  I just cut it and rounded the corners for easier handling.  However, when I stamped with it I actually mounted the whole thing on an acrylic block with repositionable double sided tape.  I found earlier that it was a little difficult to stamp with just the plastic backing. 
The reason why I used two stamps is because I really prefer a finer image for flourishes, but I'm sure it will work fine for some things. I've also done the keyholes and hinges.

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