And a good day to you. How are you today? It's rather chilly here in Peterborough. I got up to walk the dogs this morning, and Teela (my little old girl), took herself back to bed. She did get up for the walk - I think she rightly figured there was no point standing around whilst I faffed about getting ready. She's pretty smart. I'm still hoping it snows - I have sledges waiting and ready :)
Now, back to the craft. So yesterday I did my splatters. I really liked the simplicity of that card. Today I decided to faff a little bit more, and take the gauntlet thrown down by Sue Bowen (thank you, Sue), who said she would try my rather violent slamming technique, if I try the one she likes.....lets play
I started with a piece of white watercolour card stock, and two distress ink pads:
I created a soft blend with the colours using cut and dry
I then used a mask over the top and bleached out the ink just using water. The top you will see has lost a lot of the definition from the mask - that's because I went in quite heavy with my sponge and to much water. For the rest of it I just gently spritzed the mask with water. Take the mask off and lay a piece of kitchen roll over the top. This draws up the water and the ink.
Next I used the blue ink pad (salty ocean) to stamp a pretty border stamp onto my design
I then used some washi tape over the top of the stamp design - well over half of the design. I don't use washi tape much - but I do really like it. I like the translucent effect it has, the way it tears, the way you can overlap it for a more opaque finish (did you know opaque used to be spelt opake - why change something that really didn't need fixing!!). I then stamped a Tim Holtz tree over the top of my tissue tape. Initially I wasn't to sure if I liked this, but I've warmed to it now
I used acrylic paints, really watered down, to colour my tree.
And now, the paint and straw!! Of course I love this technique - but I'd forgotten about it. That's the beauty of craft isn't it - there's so many techniques for us to rediscover :)
I watered down my paint, and then used a dropper to drop blobs onto my card. I then took a straw and blew the paint. The finer lines, when blown, give even thinner and more detailed sprays of colour. It's very addictive (again, thank you for reminding me Sue).
I did have fun with the dropper (pipette). Sometimes it delivered paint bubbles. I left these on the card to see what they would do when they popped. To be honest, the effect wasn't amazing, but the bubbles looked cool.
When I was happy with my paint, I cut my card down, and then stamped my sentiment directly onto the card
I went round the edge of the card with a black ink pad, and then matted it onto a piece of white card. I then matted this onto a black card, and added a little bit of the washi tape. As I'm planning this to be more masculine, I figured the washi tape was a nice alternative to ribbon or gems.