Friday, August 19, 2011

Embossed Rose

Friday's "Free For All" Challenge is "Embossing Central" - use an embossing folder to create your main focal point.  Right away I thought of the Manhattan Flower embossing folder from Sizzix.  It's a beautiful image and I decided to use re-inkers to watercolour this card.  These challenges make me think of using supplies in a whole different way.  It's also a great way to flex your artistic muscle :)

I'm definitely obsessed with card making ... and now I'm finding it hard to wait until each day comes with a new challenge.  The challenges are usually posted late the night before and now I'm checking every half hour in the evening to see if they are there. :)  Last night at 10 pm I saw today's challenge and actually did the watercolouring on the pieces right then.  I left them to dry overnight before making my card this morning.  Trouble is ... it's only about 10am and I'm finished card-making for the day??!!  I have the feeling I'll do some experimenting this afternoon or maybe make another card - it's all good.  Hope you like.

"Embossed Rose"

Paper:  Always Artichoke, Whisper White; watercolor paper
Ink:  Certainly Celery; Re-inkers:  Tangerine Tango, Regal Rose, Always Artichoke; Stampin' Write marker:  Regal Rose
Accessories & Tools:  Sizzix "Manhattan Flower" embossing folder, Aqua Painter, mister, sponges, Sizzix "Leaves" die-cut, sticky strips, adhesives and dimensionals

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I used watercolor paper to emboss the Manhattan Flower and then cut it out.  I also used watercolor paper for the two stems of leaves cut from the Sizzix die-cut.  I placed the watercolor pieces (one at a time) on paper towel and misted generously with water.  I used my Aqua Painter to pick up re-inker and drop it onto the saturated watercolor paper.  I kept misting more water, blotting, and adding more re-inker until I was happy with the image.  After all pieces were done, I left them to dry overnight ... it was getting late and I needed sleep!!
Once all the pieces
were dry, I liked the look, but thought it could use just a touch more color, so I lightly sponged Always Artichoke ink on the leaves and both Tangerine Tango and Regal Rose inks on the rose.
I lightly sponged Certainly Celery onto the Whisper White background paper.

I mounted all the pieces as shown in the picture above, popping up the rose with dimensionals to add depth.

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