Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Divas by Design . . . Flowers!
Welcome to another challenge from Divas by Design! Every challenge is listed for two weeks, there is plenty of time to play along and this challenge involves the type of stamp that I bet EVERY stamper has on hand. . . flowers! This is a floral challenge, so pull out that favorite flower set or two or three, and play along!
For my card I am featuring a sneak peek of a new set that will be introduced by Mark's Finest Papers this month, Poppies, Poppies, Poppies. There are three different sizes of poppies in this set and great sentiments, although I chose for this card a sentiment from an older set as I wanted a specific saying to give this card to a good friend.
For this card I've used the glitter window or stained glass technique. Take a sheet of acetate and stamp your image using stazon or an archival black ink. You want to be able to see the image clearly, black is the best ink choice. On the stamped side, using a glue that dries clear, choose your first color; it is best to work from dark to light, and glue in your first area, then sprinkle the glitter on that spot. Set a timer for a minimum of 15 minutes, I usually do 20 minutes, to let it dry a bit. This is a great technique to use when you have housework to complete! When the timer beeps, return, shake off the glitter excess (you can even shake it onto a piece of paper and return it to your glitter container) and then apply the next color. Gradually the image will fill in and when done, flip it over and use the opposite side for the front of your focal point. That way the glittered side is in the back and won't rub off.
You can even get some shading on your image, if you use the right mix of glitters, just as if you were painting with them. For this image I used onyx and brownstone for the flower center, maroon and bright red, garnet, carnelian for the flower petals and fire opal for the highlights, and peridot, verdelite, gray green, dark green and medium green for the leaves.
I also got a chance to use a pretty border stamp just release from Flourishes and given to me for my birthday by a very dear friend.
Thanks for looking and hope to see you play along!
Stamps: Mark's Finest Papers Poppies, Poppies, Poppies (June release), sentiment from Thanksful for You, Flourishes Country Charm Borders
Paper: white, red, acrylic
Ink: black, black craft
Other: glitter (as listed above), Spellbinders nestabilities labels 18, red gingham ribbon, clear EP, PTI impression plate