Saturday, April 7, 2012

innovative stripes (distress inking)

The new monthly contest at Hero Arts:


Wanted to use the bottom left sketch but not just strips of CS or PP.  I swear it was one of those lightbulb moments and I had my idea for the stripes.

 Combined several of my fave techniques.  Heat embossing.  Distress Inking.  Stamping with markers.  And of course the great quality Hero Arts Stamps.  Such fun.

TIP:  To minimize alignment problems, rather than stamping the one "inchie" image four times horizontally, I lined up the four stamps vertically as I wanted them on the card.  Then pressed my acrylic block onto them.  Stamped the outside vertical rows, then the inside ones.

Heat embossed with clear powder.  Used two strips of scratch paper to mask the stripes and applied Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Pumice Stone and Antique Linen Distress Inks.  Rounded top corner.  Card base done.

I colored the wildflower stamp with markers, spritzed a couple times with water and stamped onto Neenah CS.  Made three images to be able to punch various sections.  Knew I wanted to group the circles rather than use just one.  Played around until I got the combination of images I wanted.  Popped them up at various heights using foam dots.

Here's a second card I made:

This wildflower image is less watercolor-y than the first.  I just love the artsy feeling that comes with playing with this technique.  Each result is different.  You even get more bang for your buck when you spritz again after stamping once.  Taking liberties with the sketch, I chose to place my sentiment on the inside along with a second generation image.

And even dressed up the envelope a bit.

I'm joining the ladies over at the new A Blog Named Hero for their challenge to use some Hero Arts favorites.  I do love this stamp for its versatility.  Used it here.  And here.

Thanks for looking.

Supplies Thinking of You:
Paper: Neenah
Stamps: Hero Arts CL 266 and K4880
Ink: markers, Distress Inks Ranger
Tools:  corner rounder and circle EKS
Other: clear embossing powder, Mini Mister, foam dots


Mary Dawn said...

beautiful card, so clever! thanks for playing along with our first challenge!

Karen B. said...

Absolutely beautiful creation! Love the watercolor effect and the background you've created.

Chari Moss said...

creative use of the sketch! I love the watercolor flowers

Anonymous said...

Love how you created your inchie stripes! And the circles of flowers are so beautiful, such a great card!

Victoria said...

Thanks for visiting my blog earlier :) I love it when card, inside and envelope all match and complement each other so I love your little set. Fabulous inking and the watercolour effect is great.

Kristen said...

love the watercolor look, so pretty.

xo, Kristina
Visiting from A Blog Named Hero
Please stop by and say hello :)

Linda said...

those watercoloured flowers in the circles is GENIUS!!

What a lovely card

Thank you so much for playing along with our challenge!

Good lucK!

A Blog Named Hero

Karin Åkesdotter said...

This is so beautiful- LOVE your watercolor result - fabulous!!
Hope you had a wonderful Easter, hugs, Karin

M said...

Gorgeous cards - following! :) M x

Colleen Dietrich said...

I love how you thoughtfully lined up the four stamps and then went across that way. You've taught me something new! The brightly colored, soft-edged flowers in the circles really grabbed me right away.

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