Saturday, 2 June 2012
Here's a card I made for someone at work who has recently been bereaved. I wanted to use a technique that I learned at the classes I took a couple of weeks ago from Fred B Mullett. This was a spritzing technique using Tombow markers and a botanical leaf image from Fred's nature print line of stamps. The sentiment is from Quietfire Designs, as is the waxed twine around the edge. The sentiment is embossed with Rust Antiquities embossing powder, so it's multi-toned and matches nicely with the varied shadings of the rest of the card. The panels are all edged in Memories Art Print Brown, and the card base is a lovely vanilla bean Memory Box note card. I like the Memory Box note cards because they are white on the inside - saves having to make a liner.
This technique is from the Spritz me baby ... mo' betta class. There are some basic instructions on Fred's website, but if you can take the class in person, it's waaay better. I got to learn all kinds of things, like how to use TP (technical paper, on the same sort of perforated roll around a central cardboard cylinder as regular old tp) to blot up excess water, and how to avoid the Zone of Preciousness around the main image. (I struggle with this. The Zone refers to the urge to stamp your main image and then leave a nice perimeter around it, carefully avoiding stamping over this lovely image, so carefully positioned. Someone who has fabric scissors and paper scissors, a cutting board just for fruit, and an extra pot of her favourite twinkling h20 is destined to have entire shrines set up to preserve zones of preciousness on cards. Many thanks to Fred for urging me to overcome this tendency and stamp right on over that zone, and he is sooo right to do so. But, as is the case with all good advice, it's nearly impossible to follow. I am proud to say that in this card, I was successful in my struggle to overcome the urge to leave a Z of P, and there is only the slightest Nook of Preciousness under the main leaf.)
In other stamping news, I was out all day today, and last night, and will be out tomorrow at the wonderful classes run by Krista Schneider. We are making wonderful things and it is just such a pleasure to be doing all that creative activity in the company of such delightful people.