Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Funky leaves times 2 (Projects 4 and 5)

For today, I’ve got 2 cards I made using the same image but colored using two completely different techniques.

Card Number 1
The first card is one I made for the August vellum challenge over at Artsy Inkers.   So I’m a little behind in posting it here.



The image is by Impression Obsession.  I started by stamping it on watercolor paper with Versamark ink and heat embossing it with clear embossing powder.  Then I did a water brayer technique to color the image.  I inked my brayer using Kaleidacolor Autumn Leaves and then spritz it with water.  I rolled the brayer over the image and added more ink and water until I was happy with it.  I mounted it on a piece of bronze metallic paper.
For the card base, I used a piece of embossed colored vellum that has been in my stash for years.  Here’s a picture of what the vellum looks like.
I attached it to a base of an orangy-brown textured cardstock with glue dots in the corners.  It is always a challenge to figure out how to attach vellum to a project without the adhesive showing.  To hide the glue dots, I added the brown pearls.
Card Number 2
For this card, I stamped the image with Memento Rich Cocoa on X-Press It blending paper.  I colored the image with my Copic markers (the color list is at the bottom of the post).  I mounted it on a piece of orange cardstock from my stash that I cut with the deckle blade for my Fiskar paper trimmer.
The card base is actually a reject from a WSW14 fest challenge.  It was a reject, not because I didn’t like how it looked, but because it didn’t really show the technique of the challenge.  The technique was to take a piece of patterned paper and emboss it with an embossing folder.  Then you use a brayer to add Versamark ink to the raised portions and emboss with clear embossing powder.  Next you ink up the paper and whip the ink off the embossed portions. 
There were a couple of problems with this piece for showcasing the technique.  I picked a too subtle pp.  And I think the embossed lines were too thin to show the pattern of the paper.  So this didn’t get entered in the challenge and sat forgotten on my craft table.  I spotted it on my desk and figured it would make a great base for this card.  Oh, I used Distress Ink in Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed (I think – I did make this back in June) to ink it up.  And I think the pp is by DCWV. 
For the final touch, I added ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon from the August ribbon of the month assortment.  I really loved August’s assortment.  Lovely fall colors.  So I added a strip of ribbon to the bottom and then made a double bow using my Bow-it-all.  Have I mentioned how much I love that thing? 

Copics used:

I’m entering this card in:

Really Reasonable Ribbon, Challenge # 102 Autumn Colors


Mixed Media Card Challenge!
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  1. These cards are both so beautiful. I loved the way you've made this pretty stamp so versatile with the different techniques you've used. Each card was stunning, and the colors so rich. The technique you described on the dp of #2 is something new to me, and this one (that you said was a reject!) is especially striking. I'm not sure exactly what the effect should have been, but what is on this card is simply gorgeous. And it's perfect with the copic fall colors on the image. Well done! Loved the vellum background on #1 too. Great job on both cards. TFS & Hugs

  2. You did an amazing job with this card. So many beautiful things on it :) Thanks for sharing it with us on the RRR Challenge this month :)

  3. Sarah your cards reflect the beauty of the autumn colors. Love how you created such different looks with the coloring of the 2 focal panels! Thanks for playing in the Mixed Media Card Challenge!

  4. This is such a fun technique, and you executed it beautifully! Both cards are stunning! I love all that yummy texture! Thanks for sharing with us at Really Reasonable Ribbon!

  5. beautiful cards! I really like the centerpiece on the second one! glad you played along with us at MMCC :)