Happy 2012! I’m getting ready for the first technique class of the year, and this is one of our techniques for this week. I saw the idea first on Jan Diercks’ blog. There are one or two blogs I try to check every couple weeks, but since I had some extra time this week, I thought I’d look in on some of my favorites that I hadn’t visited for awhile. Jan Diercks is an amazing artist, but, sadly, she stopped her paper crafting blog for now. She has two young boys, and that keeps her very busy. I’m going to miss the inspiration I got from her, but I applaud her decision to put her family first.
This is a “faux fabric” technique. I love the way the flowers look on Pacific Point card stock. Take a look –
Stamps: Bordering on Romance*, Elementary Elegance+; Ink: Versamark; Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi, Tangerine Tango Stampin’ Write Markers; Paper: Tangerine Tango, Pacific Point, Old Olive card stock; Other: Adorning Accents Edgelits and embossing folders*, basic jewels – pearls, Wild Wasabi and Tangerine Tango embossing powders, Big Shot, Stampin’ Dimensionals, square lattice embossing folder, cutter kit, Old Olive satin ribbon, decorative label punch; bleach, paint brush (*available Jan. 4 – April 30, 2011 from the Occasions Mini Catalog; +available Jan. 24 – March 31 as a free Sale-a-bration item; all other products available in the 2011-12 Stampin’ Up!® Idea Book & Catalog)
I used an edgelit on the front of the card, then used the coordinating embossing folder on the inside. It looks very cool in person, and lining it up was a snap! I use a little bit of “Dotto” when I use the edgelits to hold them in place during the cutting process.
Here are the details. I stamped and embossed the flowers, then used a bleach pen with a paint brush to bleach out the centers of the flowers and leaves. It took a few applications, because I think my bleach pen is old. Just a little warning, here – You may want to squirt some bleach into a palette and pick it up with a paint brush instead of using the bleach pen right on the card stock. When I was almost finished, the pen splurted out a lot of bleach in a little puddle onto my card stock. You can see a little bit of where it got out of control, but most is covered by the sentiment.
I used a heat tool to speed up the drying process. The heat also activates the bleach, so it gets a little “whiter” when you add heat. After the bleach had dried (and it does need to be completely dry or it will bleach out your coloring!), I colored the leaves and petals with markers.
After cutting the edge and embossing the whole panel with the Square Lattice folder, I used the distressing tool on the cutter kit to fray the edges a little. I added some pearls, ribbon and the sentiment – done!
I think this is a birthday card for someone special this month. My mom and my sister-in-law both have birthdays in January (2 days apart), but I’m not sure this will work for either one. Mom likes blue, but isn’t much for orange (or even Tangerine!), and Sharon likes pinks. I’m not sure the little bit of Melon Mambo will qualify this for a “pink card,” so I may be heading back to the drawing board.
If you’re in the Winchester area and are free Wednesday at 10, I’d love to have you join the Technique Class. We have a lot of fun learning two new techniques and creating a project with one of them. The cost is $5 for supplies. Hope you can be there!
Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day.