Sunday, 8 February 2015

Platinum UTEE 21st Card

I recently made this 6 x 6 Trifold card for a musical friend for his 21st Birthday.

I love the drama of the Tim Holtz 'David' stamp, the Wendy Vecchi Archival Reinker & Alcohol                                                      background and the UTEE heat embossed 21. 

The Background was made on Specialty Stamping Paper.  
I used a few drops of Aquamarine & Coffee Reinkers & Rubbing Alcohol 
with one drop of Pearl Alcohol Ink.
The Tim Holtz Stamps were Stamped in Jet Black Archival & Clear Heat Embossed.  
The face was masked off then the Tim Holtz Web Stencil was used with Antique Linen & Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.  

The 21 & the ink splotch were made using Tim Holtz Stencils.  A mixture of platinum and clear UTEE was applied with the embossing dabber through the stencil & melted with a heat gun.

  Random Music stamps were added with Watering can Archival Ink. The Card base is Coredinations Cracked Kraft Cardstock. Matting with kraft card stamped with Cracked pattern.

                                            I went a bit crazy using UTEE over all sorts of stamping.

These two were over Tarnished Brass and Pewter Distress Stain. 
Love this mottled effect.

Saturday, 7 February 2015

February Make Art Challenge - HEARTS

On the Make Art Challenge Blog they celebrate all things Wendy Vecchi.
For the month of February the Challenge is "HEARTS"

Thanks to the Funkie Junkie Boutique for sponsoring a prize.

I made a wall plaque as a home decor piece.

I started with a chipboard base, over which I smeared a random thin layer of Metallic Gold embossing paste with a palette knife (which dries almost immediately)
Over this I spread a layer of Crackled Texture Paste. Varying the thickness & coverage.
The photo below is of another piece I covered at the same time but it gives the general idea.
Leave to dry overnight for the best crackle finish.

The Gold embossing paste shines through the cracks and areas thinly covered with crackle.  
The size of the cracks vary with the thickness of the Crackled Texture Paste.
Wendy has a video demoing this technique at CHA 2014 by ScrapTime Videos.


The Lace background stamp was applied with Black Archival Ink with the center masked out with a circle cut from scrap typing paper. 
Makes a 'fancy spotlight frame' as Wendy describes this technique on her blog.

The Lace border Stamp from Beauty of Art set was stamped in Vermilion Archival on the top & bottom of the piece. 
Mesh background Stamp randomly applied with Watering can Archival Ink

The background was colored using Wendy Vecchi Sunray & Tim Holtz Flourish Stencils & various Archival Inks (Cornflower Blue, Dandelion & Sap Green) (Orange Blossom & Dandelion) with a finger dauber sponge. 
Scattered Straw & Tumbled Glass Distress Inks also lightly rubbed over to bring out the crackle finish.

 The Heart Embellishment was made from Corrugated cardboard covered with strips of Tim Holtz Tissue Tape & then cut out.
Colored with Cornflower Blue Archival Ink & sprayed with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist. 

The Small Rosette was diecut from Graphic 45 papers.
Gold Embossing paste was used through Wendys stencils to add the row of stars to the heart & the larger star to the rosette.
Once dry the edges of the plaque, the rosette & the heart were all swiped with Tarnished Brass Distress Stain to match the Gold Embossed stars.

 The Sentiment was stamped in black Archival ink & clear heat embossed. The words are a combination from various Studio 490 stamp sets.
The wire came from my stash & was shaped by coiling around a pen.  The butterfly was a wooden laser cut colored with archival ink, & finally added some of Tim Holtz's Linen Ribbon.

I really loved the backgound technique used in this piece. I found it hard to cover it up. Wanted to leave most of it exposed.  Lots of texture. Really fun to make.

Thanks for taking the time to read.  Hope you are inspired to try some of these techniques too.