Thursday, November 15, 2012

thankful hearts (CPT, CASology, Tim Holtz, SSS)

Ever since I saw this inspiration board at The Creative Paper Trade, I had a particular Hero Arts stamp in mind. Finally got around to playing with it.  Twice.

The stamp is a floral heart. The heart made of spools immediately reminded me of it.  I also decided to use the colors from the waterfall photo - ranging from orange on top to green leaves on the bottom with a touch of the light blue water.

I heat embossed the image first.  Then colored it using Distress Inks and a waterbrush.  Then I removed the heat embossing!  using an iron and thin kraft paper.  The result is an incredibly soft and smooth batik look.  It is really a cool technique.  Check out Tim's tutorial here.

To pick up the circles element of the inspiration board I heat embossed a few circles on my cardbase and used a sentiment featuring circles.  Also mounted the heart on vellum, though that's hard to see.

Then I thought maybe I would stamp the image with ink and color it with colored pencils.  But I got detoured along the way when I saw the black image on white and decided to go with it.  Adhered it with washi pieces to a black panel framed haphazardly with lines from a Cutter Bee piercing tool.  Three simple gems and voila.

Also playing at:
Simon Says Stamp Challenge "Thanksgiving/Thank You"
CASology Week #19  "Thanks"
Tim Holtz "Twelve Tags of November"

I'm so thankful for this wonderful hobby!  And your visits, friends.

Supplies for Thanks:
Paper: cardbase Papermania, recycled vellum
Stamps:Hero Arts, circles Stampendous
Ink : Distress Inks, Versamagic, Versamark
Tools: scissors, sewing machine, old iron
Other: embossing powder

Supplies for #2:
Paper: cardbase Buttinette, CS Ursus and Neenah
Stamps: Hero Arts
Ink : Memento
Tools: Cutter Bee piercing tool
Other: bling, washi Rayher


~amy~ said...

awesome cards....

Katie said...

Beautiful cards.

Ardyth said...

Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us at CASology this week! I love all the tie ins on the first card to your inspiration. And I love how you've shown the versatility of the stamp - it looks great in black and white!

Lisa Elton said...

These are FUN Maria! Your heart on the first card and the thought process behind the way you've colored it is just marvelous! It's nice to see you again at The Creative Paper Trade ~ have a great day!

Geri said...

Oh, my gosh, these are great, Maria! That technique on the first one gave BEAUTIFUL results...especially against the clean white!!! And I love your direction on the second...the black and white image against the black background with your little pop of color in the rhinestones looks awesome! Love the color the washi tape adds also! Thanks so much for sharing these creative beauties in our challenge at the CPT!!!

Jocelyn Olson said...

Beautiful inking in the first does look like batik! I can't believe that's the same stamp in the second card. The washi and the piercing are so cool. Awesome work!

Melissa said...

How beautiful! The heart is gorgeous and I just love those embossed circles on the card base! Thanks for joining us at CASology this week! :)

Jen W. said...

Two fabulous uses of this lovely stamp! Thanks for playing along with CASology this week!

Rosemary said...

fantastic cards... thanks for playing along with CASology this week!

MontanA said...

Simple and beautiful....

Winnie said...

The first one is so soft with the technique and love the colors. The second one is very fun and modern in feel. Love the black and white with the bright fun washi tape.

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