In case you hadn’t noticed it’s been darn hot this past week so I’ve really not spent much time in the craft room but have still managed to have a little play.
The design that I planned to use you may have seen in a previous Scan It Saturday post; it’s the one with the flower on it –
The design comes from a template by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer (best name ever) through http://www.thecraftersworkshop.com
It looks a little like this.
I liked the simplicity and had a few ideas of what I was going to do with it, but the biggies will have to wait until I am not wilting from the excessive humidity (can you tell that I’m not doing well with the heat, lol – still, mustn’t grumble as it’ll be winter before we know it – cheery thought!).
I started by just doing a couple of simple inkings. The first was with a Dew Drop Brilliance white inkpad.
The simplicity of the design was quite appealing but I thought that I would have a go at mixing this up with a few other things so after doing a second white inking I then cracked open the clear embossing powder.
That worked Ok, but I felt that if I was going to add something that I was going to add something that would change the feel of the design.
So I reinked the design through the stencil with Perfect Medium and sprinkled over some Inkadinkado glittery embossing powder.
It did give it a little twinkle. But hey, in for a penny, in for a pound.
I again reinked with Perfect Medium, but this time only portions of the petals, and then liberally chucked on some white inkadinkado embossing powder focusing it on the tips of the petals.
After this was heat embossed it looked like this.
I quite liked it so I just finished the piece off with some more of the white inking on the edges (that you probably noticed that I had already done) and then heat embossed some more of the white embossing powder down the edges in a very think line.
The finished design came out quite well I thought.
It almost has a chalk board feel to it. I’ll have to remember this technique for another day.
Moving on I decided to try some Neenah Desert Stoerm cardstock and see what results I could get with that.
The first but of play with this was a simple inking using a mutli coloured inkpad.
I am a bit messy with my inks aren’t I? Well, I suppose that that’s what playtime is all about, right?
Here was the result.
The colours did pop a little more in the photo than in real life but either way, it’s a nice effect.
For my second go with the Neenah card I used a lesser variety of colours and this time went for more of the same tonal range. I grabbed all of the colours from my little Versacolor cube collection.
After I had looked at the result it appeared to me to be a bit muddy/samey so I added a richer magenta to give the colour range more depth.
That seemed to work as you will (hopefully) see in the next image.
As the Perfect Medium and clear embossing powders were near I decided to give that a go on this cardstock.
It worked well but as you can see I was a bit sloppy with my embossing powder so it looks as if the flowers are shedding pollen.
For this design I thought that it needed something in the background.
I therefore set about blending on a variety of Tim Holtz Distress inks and then finished it by spritzing water and removing the droplets with a tissue.
Loved that one!
If I did it again though, I’d probably try and use different colours for the foreground and background as, although it looks good in the photo, the colours were a bit similar in the end.
Still nice though.
Anyway, onwards and I tried a couple more things.
The first was some basic colouring in.
For this one however I tried to use different tones for each of the petals/flowers to give it a little more than just flat colour.
S’nice. I like.
For the next one I reached again for the Perfect Medium but this time teamed it up with the gold Perfect Pearls and only did one flower on a tag.
I LOVED THIS!!!
It does just go to show that sometimes simple can be as powerful as all of the complex mixed media techniques.
Anyway, just time for one more play.
This time I went back to black cardstock and decided to try some of the Cosmic Shimmer Lustre embossing powders.
After inking and sprinkling on what I thought was a pink colour, I got a green. It was at this point that I remembered that this was supposed to happen so stopped scratching my head. Lol!
Anyway, I continued to play with this test by adding additional layers of clear embossing powder and colour from a gold Dew Drop Brilliance inkpad.
First I smeared it gently in the background to give it a misty look and then a dabbed great big blobs of it on each flower.
Instead I got a clean make up pad and dragged each petal shaped gold blob upwards.
I was well happy with the result. This actually looked like little magical flames popping out of the top of each flower (I promise you, it looks much better in real life – and no, the heat hasn’t gone to my head).
Anyway, that was about all the time I had this week.
Sometimes it’s nice to just experiment and not have to worry about making a finished project don’t you think?
It just remains for me to say that you again for reading and I hope to see you again next week when I will be rambling on about something else :)
If you have any questions about this post, please feel free to pop them in the comments section below and I’ll do my best to respond.
See you next time.