March 24, 2011

Have a Great Day

Good Morning everyone, this is Leah from Beeing Creative and Feeling Cherry! I hope that you all are doing well today! I know I am because right now, I'm on vacation! =o) But before I left I made this neat little card that I'd like to share with you all today.

This is the finished project but let me walk you through the (many) steps that got me here..


First on your work surface (I am using a mat but glass is great as well) press your ink, preferably Distress Inks for this, directly onto the mat.


You will then mist with water, using something like Mini Mister works the best because they give a small amount of water unlike most regular sized water misters. Then take any embossing folder and walk the folder around the wet ink. Taking care to rotate and move the folder so it will pick up all the colors. This is were you will want to do a test piece, because each time it will look different and depending on what side of the embossing folder you use, will be different as well. So try a couple things, and remember, save those samples for another project!


Its hard to tell here what the embossing looks like but you can see the color picked up into my canvas. Now this did not turn out perfectly, I should have used more color and moved it around the colors more. But the reason I want to show you my not perfect version is to see that we all try things and they don't always work out just as we want..but still do-able!


I then chose 2 more colors of Distress Ink to color the top portion of the embossing which brings that out more! So there is color in the debossed area as well as the embossed.


At this step you will want to choose a stamp that has some open background. This is hard to explain but seeing the stamp inked below will give you a better idea. See where there is detail but the majority is black or solid.


Here is the stamp now stamped directly onto the canvas.


And then the stamp, with left over ink, stamped onto card stock. I did NOT reink. By stamping first onto the canvas, it left this neatest texture on the solid part of the stamp. This is also referred to as a "kissing" technique in stamping but instead of 2 stamps, I used canvas to get that texture.

Next step I did the same thing as I did in the very beginning. I pressed Distress Inks onto my mat, spritzed with water and then I used them like watercolor. ( Distress Ink colors: Bundled Sage, Shabby Shutters, Broken China, Spun Sugar and Dusty Concord)


And lastly...putting together the card!
I decided I would use the canvas as an accent piece on the card, and of course I saved the left overs after hand cutting leaves (which I then pulled at the edges to get that great texture from the canvas). I backed the canvas piece with black card stock to bring it out a bit more, added a black Prima and some gems. I also used my scoring board to score lines around the white of the card for some small added detail.


Thank you so much for coming by today! I really hope you enjoyed this and hope it will spark some ideas for you. I find these kinds of projects so fun to do because its a bit more play then some of the organizing and work it takes to do some other larger projects. Well thanks again!

~Leah
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