Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I've been playing

I needed to make a long overdue thank you card, and was also inspired by Jayne's card recently where she embossed on watercolor paper, watercolored the background, and then ironed off the embossing.  I had never tried that - turns out, it's fun!  Here's what resulted, using two of the 2015 distress ink colors:

Carbonated

supplies: Hero Arts Carbonated cling background stamp, little panel from their Striped Note cling, abandoned coral and fossilized amber distress inks watercolored over the embossing, Thanks Stamp & Cut, and Simon's Leanna butterfly die with Paper Sweeties flower sequins in the center

I was so excited to try this ironing technique that I didn't use my anti-static powder, and you can see that it's not a perfect impression due to the embossing powder sticking where it shouldn't be.  So I decided to do it again, and take more time this time.  I also wanted a more even balance of the 2 colors:

Carbonated with flowers

supplies: same Hero Arts background stamps as above, but with the addition of 2 of my favorite flowers (Stitched Frame and Layered Flowers) from them, centered with Simon's crystal sequins

Much better.  And finally I thought I'd make a card using the whole Striped Note background, same technique, same distress inks:

Striped Note

supplies: Hero Arts Striped Note cling background stamp, Hello Stamp & Cut, Simon's Leanna butterfly die again, cut from Hero Arts Mandarin layering paper

Thanks for visiting today!

11 comments:

  1. You've learnt a new technique and now there's not stopping you! gorgeous cards, Jo x

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  2. You have been playing! :)) These cards are gorgeous Lin!! Wow!

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  3. love those colors you used - all are so pretty - had quite forgotten that technique - must try it again as it has such neat effects!

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  4. What beauties, Lin! I love the sound of this technique, but now that I'm retired, my iron is too! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I love the soft citrusy colors on these Lin, they're all so pretty!

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  6. Fabulous cards, great colors, love how the white looks against them.

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  7. I've been wanting to try this too Lin! It's fun that Jayne inspired you, and this is a lovely summer series.

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  8. I recognize that background!! Love your cards; the second one is my favorite!

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  9. I follow your blog almost every day. I enjoy looking at your beautiful cards! Thank you for all of the great inspiration!

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  10. Haha - this is where our big aesthetic differences come in. I adore the grungy almost distressed feel of the first one where you didn't use the static cling thingy. Gonna have to try that. This is a really great collection of cards!

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