Thanks to a cold and grey weekend I finally had time to catch up on my Online Card Class homework. Thanks to the super fast shipping of Stempelküche, one of my favorite German card making supply stores, I now have restocked on masking paper and can try the techniques that require it 🙂
I tried to combine a lot of different things into this card, so let’s take a closer look:
Firstly, I cut a big Sizzix label shape from a piece of Inkadinkado masking paper (that’s where the stamping and coloring is). From the center piece which was left over, I cut another, smaller shape from the same die set (that’s where the sentiment is). Now I could mask off a frame.
I stamped the butterflies and flowers and leaves with Versamark Onyx Black ink – I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to use Prismacolor or even watercolor, so I went with an ink that can hold up both to water and to the blending solution.
As you can see, I went with yet another option: I used my Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer for the first time. And, oh boy, it ROCKS! I had first seen it in a few videos from CHA and I wanted it badly. When Jennifer McGuire tweeted it was available from Simon Says Stamp, I jumped out of bed and ordered it 🙂
This tool is simply amazing: you put in your markers (I tried Tim Holtz Distress markers and Copics and Spectrum Noirs – the latter fit, but it’s a very tight fit). Then you squeeze the balloony thing and you start spraying the marker’s color onto your project. You have an incredible amount of control over what you’re doing and it’s SO MUCH FUN!
As you can see in this closeup, I’ve used multiple colors on the butterflies and flowers and was able to very precisely spray the colors where I wanted them. I meant to go outside the lines so the shape I was creating would have defined edges once the masking paper was removed, but seriously: a regular spray or mist doesn’t get you even close to this.
Look closely at the first image and you can see that even all the small flowers have their own color. I could have sprayed the card with water to reactivate the water color, but I thought that the fine mist created a very unique look and decided to leave it as it. Now it must never rain when that card goes into the mail – or can you somehow seal these kinds of cards, so the color won’t run?
I finished the card off by stamping the sentiment by Wplus9, spraying Mister Huy’s Shimmer mist across the entire card and then adding some pearls to accentuate the flowers. Now, if this card doesn’t make you think happy thoughts … well, then I’m out of ideas 🙂
- Dani Peuss heavy white card stock
- Lawn Fawn Flutter By stamp set
- Wplus9 Strictly Sentiments 2
- Versamark Onyx Black Pigment Ink
- Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer
- Various Tim Holtz Distress Markers
I’ll be entering this card into the following competitions: Simon Says Glitter It because, well, it does glitter quite a bit; CASE Study Challenge #183 – it’s a very loose interpretation of the challenge, but I was inspired by the centered sentiment in the empty space; and Crazy4Challenges 228 “Shake your Thing” because – the more, the merrier? 🙂