Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Field of Daisies

Today I tried a new technique called "Faux Mother-of-Pearl".  I am crazy for trying new techniques, and this was so fun and easy to do.

I just love the beautiful shimmer this technique gives ... so pretty ... but unfortunately it doesn't come across in the photograph - you might need to try it for yourself!!  I also diluted the shimmer paint with rubbing alcohol and misted it over the main framed image and the punches to add some shine and tie all the pieces of the card together.

I'm loving using the sponge and inks to create my own background paper ... it makes it so easy to match the inks on the main image and you also create "one of a kind" paper.  Hope you like.

"Field of Daisies"
Stamps:  Upsy-Daisy (SU!)
Paper:  Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive
Accessories & Tools:  Frost White Shimmer Paint, plastic wrap, paper plate or piece of aluminum foil, Word Window punch, three Old Olive brads, mini mister or small mister, rubbing alcohol

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I poured a few drops of Frost White Shimmer paint onto a piece of aluminum foil, scrunched plastic wrap into a ball, dipped the ball into the paint and wiped off the excess onto foil.  I then dabbed the paint onto the large piece of Whisper White cardstock, making sure to leave some areas uncovered.  After the paint was dry, I added Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive ink, in random patches, using a Colorbox Stylus (you can use any type of sponge).  I sponged the edge of the cardstock with Pumpkin Pie to finish off the background paper.

I inked my stamp using the Stampin' Write Markers in Old Olive (stems), Daffodil Delight (daisies) and Pumpkin Pie (thumping along the edges of the daisies) and stamped the image onto the bottom of the Whisper White cardstock.  I moved the stamp up higher and slightly off center and stamped a second time (without re-inking); moved the stamp up higher and slightly off center in the other direction and stamped a third time (again, without re-inking).    This makes it appear as if there is a field of daisies and the second and third generation stamping are the background flowers.  I mounted it onto a frame of Old Olive and then, using a small mister filled with rubbing alcohol and a few drops of Frost White Shimmer Paint, I lightly misted the whole image and the three Word Window punches to add some shimmer.  I mounted the framed image onto the background paper, added the three Word Window punches (and brads) and then mounted the whole thing onto the card base.

When I was making the card above, I accidentally picked up the Cajun Craze ink pad instead of the Pumpkin Pie and I ended up with beautiful background paper ... but, unfortunately, it didn't match my image for the card above.  So I took the opportunity to make a quick 10-Minute card with my "mistake".

So, all I did was make the faux mother-of-pearl background with shimmer paint, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Cajun Craze inks and then stamped the grass from "Inspired by Nature" stamp set in Old Olive ink and finished off the card with a yellow faux mother-of-pearl butterfly (two layers to give it dimension) and some white half-pearls.  Simple and quick cards can be beautiful too!!  You can see the shimmer in this photograph better than the one above, but it is still better in "real life".

"Spring is Here!"

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