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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