10 February 2013

Look Deeply Into Nature

I'm really excited to be sharing my first post as an Artist in Residence for Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko!  I'll have three great projects to share with you throughout the month (and again each month!); today I'm sharing my "artist's choice" project.  I was challenged to use any Tsukineko products I wanted to make a project of my choosing.

I had a great time getting inky to create this card!  Below are step-by-step instructions for how I made it, and what pretties I used:

I started with one of my favorite stamp sets, Pinescape (from Crafter's Companion US and UK).  I gathered a few supplies to stamp with as well - several Memento Dew Drops (Peanut Brittle, Bamboo Leaves, Rich Cocoa, and Morocco - this color palette was inspired by a new Kaleidacolor ink pad (Tomato Vine), my well-used Versamark pad, card stock, clear embossing powder (Stampendous) and a sponge. 

I inked up a small tree stamp first with Versamark, and then immediately over the with the with Peanut Brittle ink, stamped it off on scratch paper, and then stamped it on my card stock (I repeated this step twice).  Then I inked up my large tree stamp first with Versamark, and then immediately over the with the Rich Coca (I inked first with Versamark to ensure that I would have enough time to emboss and heat set the images).

I poured clear embossing powder of all of the images, and used my heat tool to set them (Tip: I heat from underneath my card stock, to reduce the powder that may blow all over the place). 

I used a sponge to begin adding color to my entire 4 5/8" x 4 1/8" card stock.  Peanut Brittle was sponged on first, moving toward the middle of my panel so that area would remain the lightest.  I added Rich Cocoa to the outer edges as well.

I repeated the sponging process, this time using Bamboo Leaves at the bottom (for grass) and Morocco at the top.  I used the Rich Cocoa pad to add ink directly to the edges of the panel as well, for more definition.

I finished my main image panel with a bit of Frost Shimmer Spritz - I really love the whole line of these sprays!  I laid my card stock down flat on my craft table (I line it with paper, to protect my surface from ink when I sponge, and the excess spray, or whatever other mess I might make!), held the spray about six inches away, and spritzed until I was happy with the coverage. 

I repeated the entire sponging and spray process with a piece of patterned paper, for another layer on my card.  I stamped the tree line image in Rich Cocoa ink, and added Copper Shimmer Spritz to this as well as the Frost. 

I also repeated the process for my small sentiment panel.  I inked up trees with Bamboo Leaves, stamped it off once on to my scratch paper and then stamped it behind my sentiment (which I used Rich Cocoa for).  On this piece I only used the Frost Shimmer Spritz.

I really love the shine that the shimmer spray gives to a finished piece!

Paired with the shine from the embossed image, it looks really great - I can't wait to send this card to someone! 

Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my project today!  I'll have anther one to share very soon!

Stamps: Pinescape (Crafter's Companion)
Card Stock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: For the Record (Echo Park)
Ink: Memento Bamboo Leaves, Peanut Brittle, Rich Cocoa, Morocco; Versamark; Kaleidacolor Tomato Vine (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Frost, Copper Shimmer Spritz (Tsukineko); Clear Embossing Powder (Stampendous)
Tools: Heat Tool, Sponge

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Jolara said...

that is just so great ! Hugs joyce

Mary Dawn said...

beautiful! love the colors together

Laura Kirste Campbell said...

Beautiful card! I imagine in person the shimmer makes it glow! So serene!
Great to "meet" you and share being on the AIR team together!

Jennifer said...

This is just stunning! I love your tree stamping and the sentiment is so very true!

Stacey Hoffstot said...

This card is absolutely gorgeous! I love it!