Sunday, January 24, 2016

In the Studio with friends

Hi everyone.  Yesterday my friends Susan (Cardmaker's Garret) and Christine came over and we played with a few different techniques.

First of all, here's the card I made with a snippet of my woodgrain background. Entering into the Snippets Playground! :)



Such a wonderful technique, especially if you are wanting to make masculine or rustic cards.

I made a woodgrain background, cut out the section that I liked best, and then distressed the edges using a tool from Making Memories.  I knotted two strands of twine and wrapped them around the bottom.  I found a heated copper leaf sprig in my stash and simply glued down a couple of the leaves, leaving the rest loose so it created some dimension.  Also did that with my distress background, adhering the middle back only to my front.  This leaves the sides loose creating dimension without using pop dots. A simple stamped sentiment finishes the card. :)

Here's a pic of my background from yesterday (yes, we each made LOTS). :)  The only one I didn't include was my first attempt at alcohol inks on yuppo paper.  I added WAY too much ink and it turned out to be a dark mess.  Hopefully I'll do better next time. :)



Just a few tips of things we learned yesterday.

We tried all different kinds of inks with the embossing folder stamping technique, and they all worked, but the brushos were by far the best results (see the two brick and two woodgrain designs in the front row.

And instead of inking and spritzing the inside of the embossing folder and then turning it over to "stamp" onto our papers, we found it worked better if we inked and spritzed the inside of the embossing folder and then placed the card stock on top and pressed down.  It seemed to transfer more of the design and ink that way.  Always good to try it both ways, though, and see which works best for you.

There are more things we tried yesterday, but I will talk about them once I post the finished cards.








Stamps: Bitty Birthday (SU!)
Paper:  White (Neenah)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Antique Linen, Rusty Hinge, Weathered Wood, Vintage Photo, Tea Stain (Tim Holtz); Soft Suede (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Scor-pal, twine, copper metal sheet .005 thickness (K&S Precision Metals), butane torch, Little Leaves die (Sizzix)

Challenges:
Snippets Playground Week 213


27 comments:

Aileen Ryan said...

Great card Loll, always love when you include a piece of your copper work. If you have time can you remind me where I would find info on how to use the copper piece and get the different colours on it, I think it was heat or flame??? I finally got myself some colour bursts, still need time to try though. Thanks for sharing about how to use the embossing folders too, another technique to try.

Mac Mable said...

Ohh that is exactly what I love to do, have a play, try new things out and have fun. Your card is gorgeous, with lots of texture and loving the 'wood' panelling technique x Thank you for sharing x

Bonnie said...

Looks like you had lots of fun, Loll! Lots of gorgeous backgrounds. Can't wait to see them on your finished cards!

Bonnie said...

Need to add that the heated copper leaves are so perfect on this woodgrain background! Another technique on my to do list! I think I need to ditch all my other to do lists and just work on these techniques!

nancy littrell said...

I love your snippet card. So fun using scraps. Loved looking at your bg pieces for future use. I place my CS inside my eb folder after sponging ink and spritzing the top raised side of the folder. Such a cool technique for interesting BG's. Can't wait to see your finished cards. TFS my friend. Hugs, Nancy

TK said...

What a bunch of beautiful "attempts"! I'm trying to make something of some of mine now, so I'm interested in seeing yours as well!!

Pam said...

Love the lovely pieces from your play day. Can't wait to see what you do with them.

Susan said...

Love what you did with the piece of woodgrain background. The copper leaf is perfect on it. It makes a fabulous masculine card. And I really like seeing all your backgrounds arrayed like that - I should take a picture of all mine too. I'm making a birthday card tonight for a friend using the honeycomb background and one of the marigolds.

Lee-Anne said...

Sounds like you ladies had a lot of fun! Beautiful card, Loll! Love all the backgrounds you created...great tip! Looking forward to tomorrow :)

MaryH said...

Awesome results of your fun playday. I'm envious that I couldn't join you ladies. And absolutely LOVE the combination of your faux wood & the copper together. This is just amazingly beautiful, and what a perfect masculine look. Very dramatic. Well done! TFS & Hugs

Vicki Dutcher said...

How fun to get to play with friends! The end results look amazing~

Stacy Sheldon said...

I am thinking maybe maybe the too dark one could be saved with more blending solution over the top? ( doesn't it resist?) just a random thought, love the little stash of backgrounds you built to play with Loll.

Karen B said...

Definitely looks like you had fun Loll. Love all the different techniques you tried, and it goes without saying that the woodgrain and copper leaf work brilliantly together.

Hugs.

Karen xxx

sandie said...

Looks like you had a fun day xx

Stamps and Paper said...

Looks like you've had fun playing Loll your beautiful leaf goes so well with your wood grain background

Anne

Julie B said...

Looks like you had a ball Loll. I must admit to using my EF like a stamping folder and have even run them through my Big Shot. :)

Valerie Nolan said...

That copper leaf sprig looks amazing against the wood background Loll!
Val x

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

It's fun to just 'play' sometimes and you ended up with a lovely lot of backgrounds that I can't wait to see on some cards! Great use of that snippet Loll and a wonderful backdrop for those beautiful copper leaves! Have a lovely week my friend! Hazel xx
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Di said...

LOVE your card Loll - and all those backgrounds you made look great to me. What fun to play with friends just experimenting with different ideas!

Hugs

Di xx

Pamellia Johnson said...

How wonderful to have a crafty day with friends Loll, and look at all the amazing panels you have prepped and ready to go for many cards to come. Love this card, the wood planks look fantastic and I love your little sprig! Just stunning! hugs :)

SARN said...

Love the look of your snippets card Loll. Thanks for sharing your tips. Very helpful.

Another Hooch night coming up in the Playground tonight. Shhhh!

Hugs, Sarn x

Nancy Stislow said...

LOVE that woodgrain and still have not tried this! Those backgrounds are fabulous Loll! What a wonderful, fun day and what a wonderful stash you collected! Would love to have joined you there!

Anita in France said...

The shimmer of that gorgeous copper is so beautiful against that cool woodgrain, Loll! Sounds (and looks!) as though you had a fabulous day ... awesome backgrounds ... so much fun crafting with friends! Hugs, Anita :)

bhushan chhaya said...

thnkx

Brenda said...

I so love this card Loll, a great card for a male. This wood grain technique is so cool and looks amazing. The cooper leaves are just perfect to place upon the wood. I think the backgrounds you ladies made look great too, can't wait to see them on a cad. Hugs, Brenda

Bobby said...

Oh what fun to spend a day making backgrounds with friends. Your finished card is a breath taker, Lol. I have some paper glued to try the woodgrain ala Karen again. The last one was not what I intended it to be so I need to keep practicing. I love the brick bgs and will definitely try that but alas I have no brushos. Maybe that should be on my wish list.

Donna said...

Oh wow... This rocks, Loll.
An amazing array of gorgeous backgrounds to boot, too.
I checked out the tutorial - thank you for sharing. X