Thursday, 5 June 2014

Ancient India



This design is once again inspired by Sheena Douglass and uses stamps and an embossing folder from her 'A Taste of India' collection, namely 'Indian Arches'.  I couldn't decide which I wanted to use, the stamp or the embossing folder, so I used both!  Starting with the base card, I have used a white 8"x 8" card.  Distress inks, Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade are blended on to the card, then Walnut Stain is used around the very edges to create a distressed look.  Droplets of water are flicked randomly over the inks then blotted off with tissue, giving a 'faux bleaching' effect.  Floral images are randomly stamped all over the card in second generation sepia ink.  There are two focal panels in this design, one stamped and one embossed.  The stamped panel features the 'Indian Arches' image.  It is stamped on to white card using Sepia Versafine ink, and heat embossed with clear powder.  The same three Distress Inks are blended all over the panel.  The lightest colour is used where the light source would be, and the colours get darker where the shadows would be.  The panel is then mounted on to dark brown card.  The embossed panel uses the same brown card, and gold gilding wax is rubbed over the raised pattern.  A heavier application of gilding wax is used as the light source this time.  This panel is mounted on to gold mirror card.  Three flourishes are die cut from the brown card and gold gilding wax is added, giving a tarnished gold look.  Three floral images and three leaf images are stamped in sepia ink on to white card and heat embossed with clear powder.  The images are then painted with H2O's in colours  which compliment the colours already used.  When dry, gold and red liquid pearls are dotted around the edges of the petals and along one edge of the leaves.  The card is assembled by layering the two focal panels offsetting one from the other.  The flourishes are added next, then the flowers and leaves complete the design. 

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