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4/02/2013

Birthday

Hello and thanks for joining me for a little visit. Yesterday I mentioned that I had done some experimenting with brayering, wet plastic wrap & stamping. It was a fun technique to do. I got the instructions from MaggieC (http://silvercrafter.blogspot.com/) so this will be just a brief how-to. Used glossy cardstock, brayer, several colors of ink (I used Kaleidescope, but Miss Maggie said Adirondacks, Big&Juicy pads also work well). Brayered my colors (I'm still trial & error method with this at the moment); then took a piece of plastic wrap, spritzed it with water, smoodged it around over the brayered piece...removed all to a place where it could dry for a few hours. Made an Absolutely Lovely background. Here's one that I've made into a card.
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I used StazOn Brown to stamp a Stampscape scene, backed with a copper matte type of paper, then some copper glitter paper onto a peach textured Bazzill. What I didn't remember to do - was darken up the corners & edges so as to draw the eye into the scene. That's something I had learned to do when I took a Stampscape class at a local shop years ago. It really does make the scene much more dramatic. I was so excited playing with the technique...well, guess that's my best excuse for forgetting. Another technique is to stamp some branches (or here would have been fronds or a tropical leaf of some sort) around some of the edges to add framing interest.

After I finished getting this onto a card, I decided to add the palm tree and turtle, both Memory Box dies. Mr. Turtle is a big large proportioned for this scene, but I let his flipper hang over the edge to mitigate that fact - and I hope it adds a bit to get the eye going in towards the scene. I think this will get a diecut Happy Birthday sentiment (probably in the green colors) over in the right hand corner. Hope you enjoy this one. I left the picture on the medium setting, so maybe you can enlarge it and see the background better. That plastic wrap really made the neatest background and I'm definitely going to try this with some other inks. Have a Blessed day, and enjoy whatever you're about today. Join me again when you have time. Hugs

7 comments:

jimlynn said...

Mary, this sounds like a fabulous technique!!! Love the colors on your card too. SO pretty.
Lynn

Kathleen said...

Brilliant, love it.

Kath x

Redanne said...

Hi Mary, it is a great technique and one I have not used for ages - there are so many things I want to do and just never get round to.... I love this card, the background is beautiful, love the image and the palm tree and turtle are the perfect finishing touches - love it! Hugs, Anne x

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful background with the palm trees and the one on the left is perfect with them. One of my sisters would go crazy for this card, she loves palm trees! Cheers, Shirleyx

Hettie said...

This is gorgeous Mary. Well done on creating this card. Bootiful!
xx

butterfly said...

Sounds like a great technique, and a lovely result here - but messy I'm guessing!! Gorgeous palm tree stamp too...
Alison x

Brenda said...

This technique is so amazing Mary! I love the look that it gives, although I'm not quite sure I get how you are doing it! lol You are very good at it though! Love this card and the colors!!! Hugs!