Hi everyone. I was experimenting a little the other day and came up with this card. It's not my usual CAS style, but I'm really happy how it turned out.
For the background, I started with this ...
OK, so why the inky paper towel?? That's because I have a friend who is so clever and creative and she has a great way to use leftover ink. I'm talking about Maria Fischer (reislingmama). After wiping up leftover ink, she dries the paper towels and uses them on her cards. Check out her post HERE.
Well, I remembered that post ... it stuck in my head. So after playing with Brushos about a week ago, I was wiping up the leftover ink and decided to keep the inky-licious paper towels. :) I hung them up to dry to use later.
When I started my card above, I used mixed media paper, laid the inky paper towel over top, spritzed with lots of water and pressed down with my hands. That's how I made my background. Love the subtle colours, and the texture from the imprint of the paper towel design. Cool, right??!! Thanks again Maria, you inspire me ALL the time! :)
Next up, my new-to-me leaf die. Isn't it pretty?? It's by Penny Black. I love their stamps and dies, but this one is a bit tricky to use. Do you see the thin stem on the sprig?? It's not very strong, especially if you like to use techniques with water for colouring, which I often do. I had to be so careful moving my leaf sprig when it was wet. That thin stem tends to rip. Just a warning. :) Once dry, I glued a second die-cut sprig to the back to make it sturdier.
I also die-cut a piece of acetate with the leaf die to make my own stencil. I sponged two sprigs in the background (one light green, and one medium).
The die-cut sprig is watercolour paper, coloured with more Brushos and then popped up on top of my card base. The black sentiment banner really makes the other colours pop.
I'm entering this at Time Out! Challenge #59 - Masculine with an optional twist of mixed media.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Sentiment - Mix Mash (Happy Little Stampers)
Paper: Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb. - 400 Series); Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink: Versamark; Brushos (turquoise, lime green, leaf green); Distress Inks: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools: water mister, Lively die (Penny Black), acetate, sponges, white embossing powder, heat tool
Time Out #59 - Masculine