Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Swirl Background

Hello Everyone,

I have to tell ya, it is a good thing I'm not dictating this post. Why? Well, I lost my voice and am hoarse. My throat feels like I can breathe out fire and it hurts to cough.

However, that didn't stop me from entering a few challenges. Challenges I am entering are Fusion, Inkspirational, CAS(E) this Sketch, and Just Us Girls. I am very happy how this card turned out and each challenge had a part of its design. Here is my card for today, enjoy!

The gold flex came from a metallic finish that was applied to
the stamp and misted with water.
The result is magnificent. 
Above: One simple leaf from SU was added as was an 'everyday' die-cut and stamped sentiment. Below/Left: Another shot of the gold flex on the card. To me, it looks like a leaf caught in the eddy of a stream. Bottom/Right: A detail shot of the die-cut, stamped, and inked then die-cut element on the card. 

How to'ish- I used a gloss cardstock for this project.
1. I added multiple layers of alcohol ink to the paper; by using water and a straw to blow the ink around for movement and color distribution. 
2. To me, after it was dry it seemed flat. So I added some Chipped Sapphire Distress ink then sprayed lots of water on the paper. 
3. When the ink was still wet I added the gold metallic wax finish to the stamp and misted it with water. 
4. Finally, I stamped the image on the wet paper. I let the water sit for a bit and then lifted the stamp.

What I found was remarkable!! The Distress Ink reacted with the water from the stamp and picked up ink to make the stamp pattern. The metallic finish on the stamp was also activated by water allowing it to soften and stamp on the paper. The movement and color are stunning!

CAS(E) this Sketch!: CTS#246
Inkspirational: Challenge #147 Word Prompt Trend
Just Us Girls: Word Week #418- Thankful
Fusion: Autumn Leaves


Well, that should do it for me!! Thank you so much for stopping by and do appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to spend time with me. We will see you soon. Take care and happy stamping.

All the best,



Shauna said...

Wow... that background is stunning! Such a great technique to create a beautiful canvas to let your fall leaf shine! As always, thanks for sharing with us at Inkspirational!
- Shauna

sandie said...

I adore that background, so much texture and that gold really add to the effect.The simple flower was a great addition, just a touch of interest but still allowing the background to shine. Thanks for joining Ink

Mac Mable said...

Popped in to say that I think your technique is marvellous. I love alcohol inks but would never have thought to mix them with water. Love the effect of the blue distress ink, the gold and that fabulous background stamp. Will be giving this one a go and thank you for sharing this technique x Amazing card x

Maria Levine said...

Wow what an awesome background! So cool great technique. Thanks so much for playing along with Just Us Girls.

Leigh Penner said...

Oh, this is stunning! Fabulous take on the sketch!

Bobby said...

Stunning is the right word for this, Shawna. I'm pinning this so I can remember what you did. I don't have that marvelous stamp but I'm sure I can find a way to come close to this gorgeous background. Thanks for sharing your card with us at Just Us Girls.

I Card Everyone said...

Absolutely stunning! drama, depth, dreamy swirly gorgeousness! Such a fabulous addition to our CTS gallery!

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