Friday, August 21, 2009

Polished Stone

I had so much fun with the ladies who came to my "Unique Backgrounds" class yesterday! One of the techniques we used is called "polished stone". It is achieved by wetting a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol. Then you squirt 3-4 small drops of 3-4 different inks, including one metallic ink. Next, dab the cotton ball all over a piece of Glossy White card stock. The metallic ink takes a while to complete drying, so you need to set the paper aside for a while before stamping on it.

For the following card, I used Brocade Blue, Barely Banana and Encore Gold inks. I used both stamps from the "Music Expressions" stamp set with Close to Cocoa ink. Even though I used the Brocade Blue ink for the polished stone, somehow I thought it looked better on a Bashful Blue card with the same color ribbon. A frame of Close to Cocoa card stock set it off just right.

I really love the "Bloomin' Beautiful" stamp set and this image looks so nice stamped in black on the pastel polished stone! The scalloped edge overlapping the brushed silver card stock just seemed to fit the mood of the colors used in this background (Lavender Lace, Brocade Blue and Silver inks).

The following card made with Really Rust card stock. Really Rust, Barely Banana and Gold inks provide the colors for the polished stone here. "Lovely As a Tree" and "Sincere Salutations" are the two stamp sets used, with both the image and the greeting stamped in black. The black brads and card stock frame make the design pop.

The inks used on this card were Glorious Green, Gable Green and Gold. Notice how the brushed gold card stock pulls together the gold ink, gold brads and gold embossed greeting. The image is from the "Lovely as a Tree" stamp set, stamped in Close to Cocoa and framed with Close to Cocoa cardstock. The card itself is Glorious Green.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Butterfly Bookmark

Projects for home workshops aren't just cards. My August workshop included the following bookmark, made with rich razzleberry and crushed curry inks and cardstock and the Flight of the Butterfly stamp set.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Crinkled Wax Paper Technique

I just love this year's in-colors! I played around with them while designing cards for my upcoming class August 20th.  The technique shown here uses wax paper crumpled tightly, spread out and ironed onto card stock.  The color is acquired by inking a brayer and rolling it across the "waxed" card stock.  

For this first card, I used crushed curry ink on whisper white card stock, mounted it on bermuda bay card stock, adorned it with coordinating polka-dot grosgrain ribbon and black brads.  I stamped the flowers from the Eastern Blooms stamp set on whisper white card stock, cut them out and mounted them on the bermuda bay piece, using stampin' dimensionals for two of them.  Some crystal effects and glitter in the flower centers added some bling.  So fun!  And to think I didn't like the crushed curry color at first...
This card was inked with melon mambo and the Upsy Daisy stamp set.  This card has lots of textures on it, from the waxed background to the torn card stock to the folded and wrapped melon mambo grosgrain ribbon fastened with a rhinestone brad from the Pretties Kit.  And I love the effect of punching out the stamped words with the scallop oval punch.

In fact, I like the scalloped look so much, I used it on this card, too.  First I used two inks (soft suede and bermuda bay) on the Elegant Thank You stamp.  After stamping the image on whisper white card stock, I punched it out with the scallop square punch and then punched a piece of bermuda bay card stock, which I turned and placed below the image.  The new Medallion background stamp was an easy image to use.  I merely stamped it with bermuda bay on whisper white card stock, cut it out and trimmed it to go on my background piece.  A pearl from the pretties kit finished it off.  It seems the bermuda bay looks good with most of the in-colors! 

This final card was made with rich razzleberry and crushed curry inks and card stock.  The stamp set is Flight of the Butterfly.  I used the butterfly punch on an extra image of the butterfly and fastened it on top of the original image using adhesive in the middle only for additional dimension.  The jumbo white brad in the bottom corner provided the finishing touch.