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Thanks so much for visiting! And heartfelt thanks to everyone who took the time to leave me a comment after my long posting hiatus. It's good to be back in bogland :)
Today I have another post for a Frilly and Funkie challenge. This week I am filling in again for Zoe Hillman who is on leave. The challenge is Pastels and Pearls and it has another week to run so you have time to whip something up and play along with our fantastic designer team!
I used Wendy Vecchi Cornflower Blue, which I love. I tried to water it down so it wasn't so intense by using rubbing alcohol but wasn't very successful. I used Wendy's technique of wetting a piece of Specialty Stamping Paper thoroughly with rubbing alcohol and then dripping a bit of archival ink over it, allowing it to bleed and run. It's a really fun and easy technique. You can keep adding alcohol and tiny drops of ink until you get an effect that pleases you. It's best to dry the card stock each time wth your heat tool.
I started with a half sheet of speciality stamping paper from Ranger (4x5.5") and did the archival ink technique. Next I did a little stenciling, first using the Checkmate stencil and Watering Can archival ink, then the Layered Tree stencil with Cracked Pistachio distress ink. I dried both with my heat tool because ink is very slow to dry on Specialty Stamping Paper.
After that, playing around with my MISTI stamp aligning tool, I stamped the bird on branch stamp from Wendy Vecchi's Simply...Art set and the lovely sentiments from Wenyd's Exceptional Art set. The bird on the branch stamp was colored with Distress Markers and the sentiments were inked with Watering Can archival ink. I also did a little second generation stamping with the Vintage Text Background stamp.
The die cut is the Tim Holtz Frameworks Trellis die. It was cut from heavy chipboard and coated with Viva Decor Rusty Paper. When it was dry, using my finger, I smeared a little Viva Decor Inka Gold - Old Silver over the die cut and the chipboard branch, which had been painted with Cracked Pistachio distress paint. A few tiny flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and a smattering of pearls finished off the trellis element.
To finish it off, I added a small flourish of Prima pearls and a Dream key from The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit. I'm delighted that a few people are still reading my blog after such a long absence.