Thursday, 20 March 2014

Crystal Green

These two lovely designs are created using the same tecniques, but with a different colour background and base card, and a few additional embellishments they look very different.  The base card in the first photo is snow white centura pearl that has been stamped around the edges with a crackle stamp, using Lime Brilliance ink.  The base card in the second photo is a plain green card.  The background panel in both cards is copier paper that has been coloured with pearlescent watercolour paints.  While still wet the paper is scrumpled up quite tightly, then straightened out again and dried.  The panel in the first photo is tinted around the edges with Black Soot Distress ink.  It is then matted on to dark card and layered on to the base card.  The panel in the second photo is layered under a piece of black card that has an aperture cut out and embossed .  Then the art work is matted and layered on to the base card.  The focal panels for both cards are created using a technique called 'caught in crystal'.  An image is stamped on to acetate using black Stazon ink, then the acetate panel is turned face down on the workspace.  A clear medium, ie. glossy accents or floor polish, is spread all over the panel.  Coloured inks or H2O's are blended in to the medium, then mica powders are added to give a nice sheen.  A piece of tissue paper is scrumpled up, straightened out and attached to the panel, creating texture.  The art work must be left to dry, which takes several hours.  The panel is then edged with copper Krylon pen, matted on to dark card, and attached to the card with dimensional glue.  In the second photo a couple of die cut flourishes are added.  This is a good 'worker' design, suitable for either sex, any age, any occasion. 

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