Well I hope you have all had a lovely few days over Christmas relaxing chatting and well lets face it eating haha. I certainly have, my son's home from University and so Both the kids and I are all together, well until Monday and my special son will be off again. I can get used to him being at home that's for sure and it doesn't matter how many times he leaves and goes back its just as horrible as the first time (soppy mum).
Right enough of that today I have The card for you from Sue Wilson's show on C&C as I had promised a number of ladies a step by step and haven't had chance until now so here we have the card to look at finished to refer to.
Discover your wings.
So here we go we are working with the gorgeous Taylored Expressions stamps called, 'Discover your wings'.
- Hold the large stamp in your hand and hold your finger over the head of one of the dandelion clock heads. dip it into your perfect medium and stamp it randomly onto white card , Mine is A5 and I wiped an anti static bag over first to stop finger prints and other problems occurring.
- Take your time as the perfect medium is just a sticky ink and takes a while to dry, pour over the clear embossing powder and heat with heat gun until all melted
So choose your colours, you can see I chose 2 shades of 2 colours and black soot.
I have Faded jeans and Chipped Sapphire in the blues and Wild honey and Rusty hinge in the oranges. Have also 2 largish piece's of cut and dry foam or 2 blending tools at the ready too.
Remember this first layer of Ink that goes down will be patchy which does not matter.... This is where folks give up but try to ignore it and just keep circular motions going and get the ink down and damp so you can move it round well. If you manage to get a corner or tool mark then use that spot to place one of your butterflies when we get there and do not worry about it. If it really doesn't work all you lose is a bit of card. Start again, make tea, grumble but don't give up. (not on my watch girls lol).
- So just to explain as I did on the show I always work with the two corners and a side rule, now in no way do you have to do this but for me it always works if I do but as long as the colours are random it will work, However if you try to make it all neat for some reason it will not look right, I suppose because nature is random and certainly isn't perfect and even just beautiful.
- You can see the white of the card showing through the clear embossing from the flower heads that we did earlier and now you can see the 4 colours that I have emphasised around the those embossed parts which is a basic resist technique. ( I will be starting some simple videos very soon on how to do all these things so you can save them and follow along)
- Next take the smaller butterfly from the set and stamp about 2 of each colour and stay with in its own colour eg. used wild honey and stamp 2 butterflies randomly in the orange section, then take faded jeans and stamp 2 randomly in the blue section.
- You can see those butterflies now in the background and some depth is needed so use some black archival ink (or versafne) and stamp the same butterfly around 3 times once in the grass and a couple times higher up, leaving room for 2 white dragonflies too.
- Take your largest stamp and wipe the perfect medium off the dandelion clock and dry then use the same Archival(versafine) and stamp the long grassy border to the bottom of the card, it does not matter one jot if you miss a bit or it doesn't reach the bottom cos we can take a black pen and fill it in or use some black ink to create little black half circles like in the bottom of the grass above.
- Next take some of the inspirational words like Dream or Beautiful , pursue happiness etc and stamp them in black randomly also. This is the time to just very lightly go round the edge of the card with your black soot with a very light hand. Now take a cloth or a semi dry baby wipe and clean off the resist clock heads done in step one and just buff them up with a bit of kitchen paper to remove the ink off the resist and make them shine up.
- Stand back and admire what you have achieved so far.. little tap on back me thinks.. well done guys.. now you have depth, colour composition, a resist technique with inks and perfect stamping too. yay
- Next layer.
- Dry all your layers of ink , make a cuppa tea. (2 sugars please) Blast the whole thing with a heat gun( careful over the embossed bits though) then rub over the whole thing with your anti static pad again. If you do not, the next step is more heat embossing to pull out your front layer with the dimension aspect but if the ink isn't dried then the powder will stick to the inks and you will have white powder all over everywhere and it will look mottled. So do the drying and this is why I make a cuppa at that point as you won't be tempted to play too soon.
- So stamp each dragon fly from the set , tip on the white embossing powder, I use the True white from Creative Expressions but you use what you have.
- Melt it on with your heat gun. If you keep a dry old paintbrush handy before you melt it on you can brush off any strays (hairs not dragons or flies u understand).
- At this point I took a black pen with a tiny point and went around the dragonfly patterns inside the wings and around the tail and outside of body too, it just makes it stand out a little.
- I also used a white pen, just a few dots on the plants and grasses, butterflies etc for some Highlights.
- I ran a thin strip of double sided tape along the bottom of the card and tipped on Iced snow which is a chunkier glitter and really pressed it onto the tape well.
- Now I took a glue quickie pen or you can use a fine nib glue applicator or anything and I used diamond sprinkles a white iridescent glitter very fine and sparkly , I dotted it all over the silhouette flowers and dandelion heads and up the grasses on the wings and anywhere really, you want lots of sparkle but classy sparkle.
- So next matt your picture ( once dry) onto some blue then custard card stock. measure out a larger piece of white and stamp in the corner, 'Discover your wings ' from the set and layer this once dry onto a piece of blue as your last mat.
- You could add a ribbon to hang up the art or put it into a frame or even a box frame would look good around it. I chose to make a felt flower in the off white that was on our lovely Sue's show in the vintage I added glue and dipped in sparkly and added a large 8mm pearl in the centre, I also stamped water coloured and cut out some of the Heartfelt Creations classic leaves dies.
I also have another of the cards from the show to put on today for you to comment on and let me know what you think, I loved this set I must admit and water colouring it was really easy. let me know anyway and have a great Sunday lovelies.
Lots of love for Sunday and see you soon