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“It’s Raining Men”

It’s Raining Men

I was browsing through fb this morning and came across a link  
to a blog exploring Mixed Media called “Contadinak“.
I watched the video and it showed how you can use a heat gun in your artwork.
(along with heaps of other gorgeous techniques too)
Well…I got thinking…
I should be able to adapt that aspect to a card.
What I did had nothing to do with the video
(which I highly recommend!)
but it reminded me of how we can use techniques, take bits and pieces
 and change them to suit our own styles.
I loved the effect of using the heat gun, 
so I will give you a step x step tutorial on how I made this card.
1.  Cut a piece of glossy cardstock (14.5cm x 10cm). Use Alcohol Inks following Tim Holtz’s mono-print technique from CC102.  I used a squiggle of Copper mixative with Rust, Butterscotch and a couple of drops of Caramel AI. This dries within seconds.
2.  Drop 3 or 4 drops of blending solution into the center of the cardstock. Let it spread. This creates a spotlight effect. 
3.  Stamp the boys (from the “Friends 2” stampset by Art Journey) in the center of the card. Then stamp again each side of this to form a row of men.
4.  Cut out 3 masks of this image and place over your stamped images.
5.  Flick white acrylic paint over the background. I found that by picking it up on a medium sized brush and tapping it firmly onto the back of my hand worked fine.  This part of the process was quite messy, so allow plenty of room and use newspaper under your card.  Flick Mocha Mouse and Pumpkin Soup Fresco Finish acrylic paint until you are satisfied with the effect. I also flicked the bristles with my finger for a finer splatter effect.
6.  Using a heat gun, holding it close to your card, and in a continuous motion, randomly apply the glue along the top of your card. Start at one side of your card and work your way right across to the other side. You can move it backwards and forwards as you go to create more interest. Then turn your card around and repeat along the bottom.
7.  To finish the card I squirted some Rust AI onto a piece of felt (just folding it over, there is no need for a blending tool) and in a dabbing motion apply some colour along the top edge, using the glue as a boundary. I rubbed the glue carefully with this colour to make it stand out more.  Dab the colour in this area as much as you like as it created a mottled effect which looks great.
8.  Mat onto some black cardstock.
Enjoy!

“For the Love of Paris”

“For the Love of Paris”

Welcome to a new challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
This fortnight it is to make a card…
so it can be any style of card that you like, any technique, any theme ~
 as long as it is a card…and of course uses stamps!
For my card I decided to have a go at 
a vintage Parisian theme.  
So romance, vintage/shabby chic, femininity and softness are what came to mind for me to create.
I’ve admired this style so many times and finally found the stamps to do it with.
The main technique is masking with only a few embellishments.
I borrowed the stamp (isn’t she beautiful), and created a one layer design.  
I had fun water colouring her with DI’s 
and creating some interest with the folds in her gown.
The background is built up using Victorian Velvet and Dusty Concord
on shiny cardstock.  I like the soft effect of bright colours on this card.
Stencils were used to add the diamonds (clear embossing before the inking)
and then a little over-stamping with Watering Can Archival – added for interest.
I looove this colour! 
Butterfly tape was incorporated down the sides.
The girls at FSC have come up with some inspiring and very different versions on this theme.
Please pop on over and check out the awesomeness of the fashionettes,
 be inspired and maybe join in the fun.
Flonzcraft are our sponsors and have a generous $20 gift voucher up for grabs,
there are spotlights and a top 3 as well.

Tim’s Class Day 4

CC 102…Day 4

I’m just a little slow getting started with my technique pieces for this class,
but I have made a start!!!
And with Day 4 as I have the stock for this one.
The “Monoprint Technique”
really caught my eye to start with and I looooove it!!!
So I made 3 very quickly
Each one uses the same colours in different amounts.
As they had a different feel about them I gave them
a different topic each.
The moment of magic for me was when my son 
reluctantly came over to give his opinion on it
and spent the next 5 minutes in awe of each one and
twisted his head from side to side to revel
in the hologram effect that was created.
It was a hit!
Thanks Tim.
Enjoy! 

“A Touch of Autumn”

“A Touch of Autumn”
It is Spring in my part of the world, 
however the autumnal cards that are around in blogland
at the moment have been so beautiful and inspiring.
This card is just a muck around piece combining a lot of different ideas
that I have come across. 
The colours though are what I love the most.
Stamping inside of a stencil is a really fun thing to play around with
(this one is a stamped Darkroom Door leaf which I cut out).
I’ve left the background fairly plain as I wanted the focus to be on the
leaves and images in them.
Enjoy!
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges ~

“A Little Flirt”

“A Little Flirt”
I was in one of those cheeky moods when I made this card.
A little on the sassy side, but all in good fun…
I have used a new stamp from the Stampsmith which just cried out 
for a little attention!
And I love the colours.
The techniques are ripped paper and then colouring,
 using a heart stencil 
and also using bleach.
Enjoy!
I would like to enter this into the following challenges ~