front of card
close-up showing sparkle of bauble
close-up showing stamped swirl detail
inside of card
close-up showing brayered resist swirls
& vellum/cardstock layered snowflake
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This card is a good example of my current creative process as I don't create to an exact plan. I need a starting point to begin & then I see what happens. I've had Lisa's inking technique in my mind & it was when I saw what created itself via the brayer that I added experimenting with that technique. I know I was also heavily influenced by Deborah's Sparkly Baubles here & here. Going back to look at her posts I see that the Kaleidoscope must have lodged itself in my head - I just picked one of the transparent multicoloured embossing powders from my box, & I definitely had her cards in mind when hanging my own bauble from a swirl.
I was playing about with the Random Brayering technique where the brayer is applied in short random strokes whilst turning the cardstock, but instead of being completely random I turned it in a circle keeping one end of the brayer (& so one colour) central. I thought it looked like a shining light & that's where the bauble entered the experiment. Again I adapted the technique - inking the bauble with Distress Ink then VersaMark prior to stamping the image & instead of using clear embossing powder I used Kaleidoscope Transparent.
When it came to the inside it was a case of seeing the resist brayering (image stamped with VersaMark onto glossy cardstock then brayered over) I'd also been playing around with & taking it from there.
Apologies for my lengthy post but I want to credit those who have provided me with inspiration & explain how their posts trigger my imagination. Credit is also due to Glenda Waterworth whose thorough teaching via the MCC courses gave me such a diversity of techniques with which to work.
Stamps Artemio 10001030 (bauble & swirls on front), Hero Arts CL234 Winter’s Butterfly (swirls on inside).
Inks etc… Kaleidacolor Caribbean Sea (brayering), Memento Tuxedo Black (swirls & edging some cardstock), Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink (bauble & edging some cardstock), VersaMark watermark stamp pad with Stampendous Kaleidoscope Embossing Powder.
Cardstock Crafter’s Companion Centura Pearl (light blue pearl) plus an assortment of colours in various finishes from “stash”.
Papers Vellum from “stash”.
Punches, Dies etc... Woodware (circle & scalloped circle, large snowflakes), Dovecraft (small snowflakes), EK Success (Swirl Flourish).
The gems are from “stash”.
Challenges EnteredBunny Zoe's Crafts Challenge 7 - Sparkle & Shine
Wags 'n Whiskers Challenge 42 - Snowflakes
We had some thawing of the snow yesterday so the guttering was dripping water (looks like the seals will have to be replaced when the weather improves). The temperature sank well below freezing overnight so that which had melted froze - & I was met with icicles hanging outside my craft room window this morning.