"Evening All!- Keren back again with a project that could be a bookmark (you'd have to flatten the leaves!) or a little plaque to brighten up a bookshelf. I wanted to explore making elements on project more mouldable and flexible, so plumped for using wire in this project".
For tonights project I've used two stamp sets with a co-ordinating die set.
I thought I'd go with a watercoloured effect on vellum. I stamped out the images onto vellum and then white heat embossed them to give a 'cheats' protection from painting in the wrong places when watercolouring!
I simply used some markers thinned with water to give a watercolour effect and added a couple of colours which I let blend together partially.
After they were all cut out, I tried various arrangements of the colours, however it just looked awkward and fussy- so I completely changed both what I was going to create (a little decorated shadow box) and the colour scheme. I've a real love for blue and green (possibly because I'm a country-girl at heart) so plumped for that instead. I went for a subtle 'sky and grass' look using Distress Inks and a Blender Tool.
I added a very thin strip of green cardstock and that's when I started explore with wire effects.
I thought I could make some stamen using wire and a pin. I wanted to position the leaves (they can be petals too!) carefully, so thought I'd add wire through the middle of two 'leaves'.
It works really well- the leaves are totally bendable. I attached the stamen in between two matching flowers then stuck them down.
Next, I added the 'book' definition to the bottom of the Smoothy panel. I actually did a really bad job of stamping but rather than re-inking, blending and stamping, it actually tied in with the watercoloured subtle effect, so I simply high-lighted the letters with a white gel pen and added another leaf underneath (and folded around the card). To help balance the design I thought using gems to act as dispersing pollen would be great to finish with.
Hope this has given you a little inspiration to add into your current projects. I'm back again tomorrow for my final project (sniff, sniff!)
Leandra Says: oh how beautiful and delicate is that vellum tulip, so nice to see the stamps and die used in this way. Love all the wirework, awesome tip about putting wire between two leave too.
Gillian Says: I adore all the elements in this card Keren, particulary the coloured/stamped vellum layers which are striking. Love your thought process on this project.
If you would like to join in this week's challenge and play along with Keren's techniques, then do link up your creativity here, and go in the draw to win some PA stamps of your choice! You need to link your entry by 17:00, Sunday August 10th 2014.