Saturday, January 31, 2015

Inked Backgrounds and Adding texture

I kept up with my homework for exactly 2 days...then fell behind.  Then I caught up days 3 and 4, but didn't photograph or blog it until the weekend.

DAY 3 - Inked Backgrounds
I had some trouble with the techniques on this one. I have 11 front panels in the trash.  The gesso really was a tough one, my first attempt the gesso pulled up a layer of paper off my panel when I pulled the stamp away...I had to double check the jar to make sure it was gesso and not some glue.  That was a fun stamp cleaning session. No baby wipe and run...

I stamped Penny Black's Love is in the Air with white gesso on the card panel, let it dry and then used some HA Passion Flower ink with water to add color to the panel.  I couldn't resist a bit of gold Heidi Swap mist droplets as well. then some gold thread under a gold heat embossed sentiment from the same stamp set. This was the 4th attempt, and the best of the lot. Tough technique for me.

Next up is stamping on  inked panels with versamark.  I used HA Cup of Joe and Wet Cement to color the white panel.  Lawn Fawn's Wood Grain Backdrops was used to create the wood panel, and the "carved" heart. I added a white heat embossed sentiment from SSS Chalkboard Love.

Lastly was the velveteen stamping.  I have tried something similar with the kissing technique--but rarely had the results I was hoping for.  This technique had the white layer put to the card, then the color layer ontop of the dried white layer of stamping.  You can see the HA houndstooth background on the red heart from SSS Chalkboard Love.  The sentiment is from SSS Valentine Spoons.  This last technique was my favorite of the day, probably because it was accomplished in fewer attempts.

Day 4 - Adding texture
 This was so far my favorite day, but I have yet to check out Day's 5 and 6.

This was all about adding texture, and I loved all the examples and loved working on all the cards.
I have been wanting to try this faux embossing technique of adding die=cuts to the card panel in the same paper as the card base. The best tip was to adhere the die-cut paper to a sticky backing before cutting. It made laying these words down so much easier. I used SSS's Wishing die, and the Sending and Wishing stamp set, along with Valentine spoons for the sentiments.

The sewing was kind of fun and relaxing. I laid the big heart from SSS's Chalkboard love onto a white panel and took my piercer and punched holes around it.  Then I strung embroidery floss (3 strands) around the holes in random order...meaining sometimes I hit a hole twice or more.

I used a die from PTI's Happy trio and the word Valentines from the SSS stamp set Valentine Spoons to create the sentiment.  My main panel was cut using SSS Stitched rectangles.

My most favorite technique of the day and so far the class used my two favorite techiniques, water colors and embossing paste.
I used Heidi Swapp color mists in Primrose and Gold for the watercolors. I wet the water color paper then dribbled some drops of mists from the spritzer tube onto the paper. I added a bit more water with a brush then let it dry.  The two stencils I used are from SSS - Falling hearts, and Leaves I used white embossing paste, the hearts first as they covered more of the card base, then when that was fairly dry I added the leaves.  My sentiment was heat embossed in gold on vellum. I used the PTI sentiment set Keep it Simple Valentine Mini.  I saved my favorite for last.  Hope you are enjoying your weekend.  I will probably catch up with the next two class days sometime over the weekend.

Thanks for stopping!


Ellibelle said...

Lots of gorgeous creations! Love them all! Beautifully done!

Leslie Hanna said...


Greta said...

Love seeing your homework, Cat! The last card is absolutely stunning! LOVE it!

Jean said...

You've been busy - these are all so wonderful!!

Barb Ghig said...

Your cards are gorgeous, Cat! I feel better knowing I'm not the only one who had trouble with Gesso, Love how you turned it around...Your results are amazing! Each of your cards showcases the techniques beautifully...A+++!

Leslie Hanna said...

I feel ... so ... inadequate. I have so much homework to do!!! I love ALL of your projects. YAY for keeping up!

Becca Cruger said...

Holy Hannah! These are awesome and I gasped when I came to the embossing paste one. It's so soft and lovely and is definitely going on my Pinterest board so I can admire it later!

Sally said...

You are learning some amazing techniques in class, Cat. Love, love the last card with the watercoloring and stencils. You have a lovely stash of Valentines so far!

I Card Everyone said...

Wow do I wish I'd taken this class... love the red you've used for the die cut background it really makes a statement! My gosh, Cat, I'd be hard pressed to choose a favorite... maybe that water-colored one? Love them all...
=] Michele