you are pretty amazing
Apparently the draft that I had saved – or so I thought – wasn’t saved. As much as I love and rely on technology I sometimes like that it isn’t perfect, even if it is inconvenient.
As I mentioned last week I was feeling inspired by these photos:
I found a color scheme that intrigued me on Instagram [found a new person to follow who does some amazing ink blending! Her name on IG is thecoloursofmagic and she is so talented!] and so I busted out my Tim Holtz distress inks.
Instead of blending with them in the traditional way of using a foam ink blender, I swiped each color on my craft mat and used them as watercolors. I started with the yellow at the top and worked my way down the watercolor cardstock, changing colors every inch and a half or so. I used my heat tool to dry the paper every few minutes so the colors didn’t get too muddy. Then I went back over it again doing the same steps several more times to intensify the color. This also adds some really cool texture.
Once I got the look I was going for, I used an embossing folder to add texture. This is a newer embossing folder so it’s designed to make a super deep impression on the paper. [I’m not going to lie – I had a minor freak out because while I was running the paper and the embossing paper through my Vagabond, the motor died and it got stuck! I waited a few minutes, unplugged it and plugged it back in and it worked just fine. Freakout avoided…for the most part.]
I used a newer die from Simon Says Stamp for the word “you” and I cut it out of black cardstock 4 times, then stacked them all on top of each other. I stamped a coordinating sentiment with Versamark ink and then heat embossed it with white embossing powder. I cut it into a strip and adhered it to the larger die-cut ‘you’. I trimmed the embossed piece into a panel about 4″ x 5.25″ and used super strong adhesive to adhere it onto a black cardstock card base.
Using a matte-medium as adhesive, I attached the ‘you’ and sentiment strip. I also added three random clear sequins.
I absolutely love the way it turned out. I kinda want to keep it but I know a friend will appreciate it, so into the mail it goes!
Here’s the entire card as well as a detailed photo:
The photos don’t even do it justice. It turned out so freaking cool. I can’t wait to try again with another color scheme and different embossing folders!
I’m continuing to bust out some additional cards for this weekend’s show in Columbus, because – why not? Nothing quite like the last minute. I’ll try and post more here as well in my online shop before the show on Sunday.
For now, it’s back to the craft castle. Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!
you are pretty amazing
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink [True Black], Watercolor paper
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp [You Matter]
Die-cuts: Simon Says Stamp [you]
Embellishments: The Ton [clear sequins]
Adhesive: Scotch, Scor Tape, Ranger Matte Medium
Ink: Distress Ink [Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Salty Ocean], Versamark
Embossing Powder: White
Embossing Folder: We R Memory Keepers [Geometric]