July 17, 2010
The Card That Took 2 Days to Make...
I began this card several days ago when I tried to use the Scallop Square Bigz die for something other than a rag quilt purse. I had it all planned out: a 4 1/2"x 4 1/2" card using pinks and grays and blues. I stamped the flower image and colored it in with a blender pen and added a sentiment when I decided it needed something a bit more. Buttons, ribbon, pearls and crystals just didn't look right... hmmmm. Why not try cracked glass? So off to Michael's I go in search of Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (besides the UTEE I ended up coming home with 2 pairs of flip-flops, sponges, black embossing powder, and stickers). But once I thought about it, I really didn't like the idea of the sentiment being under the UTEE and thought it would look better as a separate layer. So back to the drawing board I went... and this is what I came up with: a traditional 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card in shades of purples and greens using the cracked glass technique.
video tutorial on it by Beate over at Split Coast Stampers and it helped me a lot. I wasn't quick enough to add the additional layer of UTEE after the heating so I ended up adding VersaMark between the layers.
Making the glass "crack" made me a bit anxious. After all, I had just spent a good hour or so deciding what I was going to make (for the second time) and painstakingly colored all the flowers and leaves with a blender pen. It bent easily but didn't really crack like it was supposed to. It's been quite humid in NH for the past week or so and I found that sticking the cardstock in the freezer for a few minutes made it easier to crack.
But I think the most exciting thing about this card was how I learned to use the "micro" button on my camera for close-ups! It's been a year and I'm still figuring out how to use it. Maybe I should actually read the owners manual... nah, it's more fun to find out as you go along.
Stamps: Elements of Style
Paper: Mellow Moss (retired), Perfect Plum, Very Vanilla
Ink: Mellow Moss, Perfect Plum, VersaMark
Tools & Accessories: Blender pen, ultra thick embossing enamel (not SU!), dimensionals, vanilla taffeta ribbon