As we know this months challenge over at Hero Arts is layer backgrounds. Shari Carroll did a video and part of her technique was to smooch distress ink onto an acrylic block, spritz with water and then put onto your paper.... well on Saturday at my stamp group, Jill's demo used the same technique. However in Jill's demo she then clear embossed Hero Arts Poppy background and then used the inks to colour in the poppies. I decided to give it a go... but my first piece looked a bit yucky... sort of a bit muddy and I had used a grided block and there were some funny lines on the paper.... so I had another go.... using some similar colours inks ~ yellows and oranges with a touch of green. Much better~~~
I used the Spiced Marmalade ink to colour the poppies and the Shabby Shutters for the stems. Added some orange ribbon I had and some soft peachy orange Bazzil for the base... I had chosen some brighter orange background but my style guru (Sue B) persuaded me that it was not right... and sure enough she was right!!!!
So I decided that next I would try and rescue my first piece of background.... I used a distress applicator to sponge some more distress ink on the piece. Then I stamped the Envelope pattern over it. I remembered that Linda had made a card where she used two different inks on a vine stamp slightly moving the stamp ( see here) I thought I'd try something like that on the background...
I used a green distress ink and then the black Versafine. I used a Fiskers sentiment stamp and then found some interesting ribbon to add along the bottom with a bow. The rescue was successful!
Both of these cards were made on my 8 1/2 hours at Stamp Group.... I made a few more, but some can't be revealed as yet... some secret squirrel stuff and some waiting for the recipients to receive... so more over the coming weeks. I had a great time as usual.
Another weekend over and only 2 more days till my daughter leaves. We had a lovely dinner at home last night with the children and their partners. The last time for quite some time. A touch of sadness.....
Hope your week is a happy one.