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Anything… And maybe, in this case, Everything Goes

This next card was created for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything Goes. The featured items were from Tim Holtz, and while that wasn’t required for the challenge, it seemed like a wonderful excuse to break out some of his signature techniques that I’ve been wanting to try. It’s “anything goes”, but I feel like I made it more “everything goes” into this card!

The background for this card was made by swiping a regular A7 card front through some weathered wood Distress ink that was rubbed onto my craft sheet and spritzed with water. This card was actually the test page and mop-up for the recently finished snowman piece. No reason to waste inked paper though!

After drying this, I went for the “Perfect Distress” technique from Compendium of Curiosities I. I stamped on a snowflake using Faded Denim Distress, then hit it with Perfect Pearls in Pewter. I spritzed with water to both set the pearls powder and wick out the ink from beneath. When I had it where I wanted it, I dried it with my heat gun. I did have to iron this card afterward, the basic card stock card was super warped from all the wet techniques.

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Next I took a piece of transparency, cut it down to fit the card front, and put it in my bathtub. Yes. My bathtub! I figured the bathtub would be a great place to contain the mess of my first attempt at splatter painting. This is another idea I’ve picked up from the work of Mr. Holtz, from his December 2013 tag project. So I splattered basic white craft paint on the transparency, then rinsed the tub clean! Gotta love easy peasy cleanup!

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Once the paint dried, I stamped on the transparency with Archival ink. Now, I’m looking forward to picking up some fancy Staz-On ink, which is supposed to be the thing for stamping on plastic. BUT, the Archival ink didactually work, it just took forever to dry. Once all was dry, I used Glossy Accents to adhere the transparency above the card. This is my first use of Glossy Accents, and it’s got me wanting to try some experiments to see how best to use my various adhesives, because I feel like I have several dozen kinds! But that is an adventure for another time.

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Ingredients: Distress ink, Archival ink, Perfect Pearls, an old transparency, white craft paint, Blueprint stamp, Inkadinkado stamp (sentiment), Glossy Accents

Learning and Improving: There wasn’t any one thing about this card that really bugs me, but I do feel like there are tweaks I would try if I did it again. First, I’d like to try it with Dimensional Glue Dots, or bigger dots of Glossy Accents, just to give more depth to the piece. I had tried to make the Glossy Accent drops very small so they wouldn’t distract and would look like tiny melted snowflakes. I’d also like to experiment with a thin glitter glue layer, either instead of the splatter, or maybe on the reverse side from the splatter. Last, with everything else going on in this card, I’m not sure that the Pearls make a big enough impact to be worth the extra step. The Pearls seem mostly obscured by the reflectiveness of the transparency.

Loving it: Even though I don’t think this card concept was the best way to use the “Perfect Distress” technique, I do think it will be a good technique to use elsewhere. It was fun to do, and the effect is pretty unique. I also just loved the splatter! Playing with transparencies was pretty cool too. With less and less call for transparencies in presentations, you might be able to score some from your workplace! Well worth the trouble of searching a back supply room, or offering to help organize. Just be sure to ask your supply keeper first!

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Winter wonderland

Inspiration: A week ago I created a card for a “white on white” challenge at Inkspirational.  But I was a little disappointed with it, because my initial hope had been to create a landscape, but at that point I couldn’t think of anything in my stash to help me produce a landscape.  So I ended up doing a more abstract white-on-white design.

When I saw the “Winter Scenes” challenge on the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge blog, I knew I had a second chance to try to achieve the snowy, white-on-white landscape in my mind.  I’m not sure why this idea didn’t occur to me in the first place!

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Ingredients: Rustic Luxe Christmas paper, plain index paper, Rock Candy Stickles, Rock Candy Distress Glitter, Distress ink in weathered wood and stormy sky, Perfect Medium, Perfect Pearls in blue patina, Deco Art glitter paint, dryer sheet

Learning:  Why did I use the Deco Art glitter paint on the dryer sheet?  I was hoping to get a tiny bit of color into the scene by using aroraborealis style glitter, but I feel it ended up looking a bit cheesy.  It reminds me of the glittered blankets of polyfiber fake snow under my grandparent’s manger scene in the 80’s.  Which could have been cool in it’s own right, if I had been going for a more retro-cute look.

I also put on a bit of the blue Distress Inks on the dryer sheet for shadow, but I wish I had attempted it before sticking the dryer sheet on, because I think it would have been more subtle.

Triumps:  I love love love how the Perfect Pearls worked out.  I had never worked with them before, and I found it to be really fun to stamp on the clear Perfect Medium, then watch the image appear when I dusted on the Pearls – kind of like a secret message!  The effect was subtle, yet legible.  I also like my shadow effect on the one side of the tree done with a Stormy Sky Distress marker, and a bit of Weathered Wood ink on a watered brush.