Sunday, July 20, 2014

An ATC using Tseuneko Ink, Chalks, and Pearl-ex

I did this ATC for my stamp club get together shortly after the Chalkboard technique for February tag.  The theme for swap was cats. I really liked the simplicity of using the Moonlight White Tsuneko ink on black cardstock and then dusting a dry color over it to get whatever color you like to show up against a black background!  If you try just stamping a nonopaque ink onto black, you will see that it just won't show up at all and even some opaque colors don't show up well on black.

I cut black cardstock into 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 inch rectangles because I wanted to diecut them and mount on 2 1/2 x 3 1/4 inch purple cardstock to get the ATC size.  Next I stamped a portion of the block pattern from Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Grunge Cirque cling set in Moonlight white.  Using a brush, I dusted some green chalk from a chalk watercolor set over the ink. I let it dry for a minute or two and then rubbed over the image with a piece of flannel just to pick up extra dust and burnish the color down slightly. Using that same method and letting it dry between each step, I stamped the cat (Inkadinkado clear stamps Cat set) in Moonlight White. I used Pearl-ex this time in blue to dust over cat.  I stamped the "You're Purrfect" from a Studio G clear stamp set and then used a gold Pearl-ex to color that.

I then sent the rectangular cardstock through a Cuttlebug and diecut the shape and embossed the edge. Because there was an embossed edge involved, I did not want to diecut first as that might leave a void area where the ink from the image does not completely contact the paper.

My resulting image is a combination of matte (chalk watercolor), and shimmery (Pearl-ex powder) which I think adds some interest to the card.

The little flower decoration is actually three stacked flowers from a jar of Recollections Floral Embellishments. I glued two large flowers and one small one for center.  The center rhinestone is a mini-rhinestone that comes from a nail art pack you can find in almost any drugstore by the nail polishes.  Those little rhinestones are just the right size to add some bling to an ATC.

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Catching Up...March 2014 Tag

This is my tag for the March 12 Tags of 2014 Challenge. I used some of the techniques as on  I wanted it actually to look a little unfinished, stark, and kind of neglected, as that is what the verse from the Song of Solomon 1:6 means to me. You can't tell it well from the picture, but the stamped image of the woman (I think from Great Impressions) is covered with a piece of idea-ology Frosted Film. That gave it an all-over shimmer, without having to do any coloring. (Did I mention I love color, but really don't like coloring much?)

I first stamped the main image, then masked it so I could use a stencil I cut on my Cricut to make the background, stamp the swirl image and the border ( #3581). This made them look like they were behind the stamped image.

Below the border is a scrap of Core'dinations I had left over from another project. It was embossed with embossing folder and then sanded. I tied a piece of cording around the tag. The text is printed out onto a sand-colored cardstock and inked with Corduroy Distress Ink, affixed using Tiny Attachers. The ribbon is the Tim Holtz idea-ology Linen Ribbon that I spread apart and frayed the edges by hand to make them look disarrayed. (Again, on purpose.)

This tag was inspired from a feeling of doing everything for everyone else, while not paying attention to the things I needed to do for myself. Thankfully, since then, I have turned that around.