Tuesday, September 30, 2008

More BKCC's and a Technique challenge

I completed the remainder of the BKCC's that I missed with the move. I'm not thrilled with how they turned out, but that's o.k.

This first one is actually this weeks challenge. Belinda found this elegant bedroom with bedding from Horchow:

And from it got this color combo:

Basic Black, Whisper White, Gold.

Any excuse to use my metallic cardstock. I don't use it enough. For this card I started out by cutting my gold cardstock and embossing with the paisley background stamp (I know, shock! I used the paisley's! Only for you Belinda! *wink*) Anyhow, I embossed the paisley onto the the gold cardstock using Black Embossing powder so that you can just see the hints of gold underneath. Then I added some gold ribbon (yes, I still have some SU gold ribbon, I think I have had it for 4 years or so, and it still isn't halfway gone, sad huh?) and attached it to my Whisper White card base. I finished off the card by stamping Birthday Hugs and Wishes in the bottom right corner, opposite the ribbon to balance the card out. Simple, quick, and not too shabby if I do say so myself. Not quite what I had invisioned, but still.

Supplies: Stamps- Paisley, Hugs & Wishes; Cardstock- Whisper White, Gold; Ink- Versamark, Black; Access.- Black EP, Gold Ribbon

This next one is my least favorite of the cards I did, which sucks cause I had such high hopes for it.
Belinda found this fun bed set in her Bed, Bath & Beyond mailer:
From it she took these fun fall colors:

Chocolate Chip, Close To Cocoa, Mellow Moss, and Riding Hood Red (I used Rose Red).

I absolutely love these colors together. Throw in somr more mustard and it reminds me of driving through the canyons during the fall and watching all the leaves change colors.

Anyhow, for inspiration on this I pulled out my SU catty and went looking for a card that uses 4 or more cardstock colors. I found one (although now I can't find it again, but I got the layout from the SU catty) that really caught my eye with the stitching in between the strips of CS. So I came up with this.

For starters, I decided that I wanted the mellow moss to be my card base so I cut the other colors into the 1 inch x 4.25 inch strips and lined them up according to how I wanted them to appear. Then I attached them and paper pierced the zig zag holes so that the stitching would connect each peice. I then and stitched the card using cream thread. I pulled out my chipboard at this point because I couldn't find a verse that I wanted to put on the front (as show in the original card, where the flower is there was a verse) I found this chipboard that I had gotten in a package awhile back and so I decided to go with that. I used rose red, mellow moss and chocolate chip craft inks to dye the chipboard and then attached it using pop-glue dots. I finished it off with some chocolate chip taffeta ribbon and stamped the word wish in the bottom corner. Not at all what I had set out to do, but o.k.

Supplies: Stamps- Small Script; Cardstock- Mellow Moss, Chocolate Chip, Close To Cocoa, Rose Red; Ink- Rose Red, Mellow Moss, Chocolate Chip craft inks, Black; Access.- Chipboard flower, ribbon.

For this last one I actually set out to do the technique challenge from yesterday on Splitcoast and decided to combine it with Belinda's color challenge from a few weeks ago. Belinda found this darling bedroom from Pottery Barn Kids:
And came up with this combo:

Lavender Lace, Elegant Eggplant, and Certainly Celery.

Purple and green...... Tailor made for me right? You would think I would have had an easier time with this, I am not sure if it was the tech. that I had a hard time with, or the combo itself. The challenge was to do the Batik Technique, the colorwash way. I don't have some of the required supplies so my first thought was that I couldn't do the technique. Then I was looking at the cards that other people did and I saw that one of the other ladies didn't have some of the required items but she improvised. So I decided that I could too:

I started out with my watercolor paper and I inked up some of my stamps from Delight In Life (SU) using versamark stamping them randomly on the paper. Then I embossed it using clear embossing powder. So far, so good. Here is where my improve came in, the technique requires you to put some reinker drops into a mister bottle with water. I only have 1 spray bottle, so rather then having to use just one bottle for 3 colors I opted to try a different way. I took some empty plastic containers that I have in my stamp room for just such an occasion and I dropped a couple of drops of my first color into one of the containers. Then I sprayed some water into the container and kept spraying till the inked water was the color I wanted. Then I took my aquapainter and randomly brushed the color onto the watercolor paper. I repeated this with each of my colors. Now that that part was done I was able to start following the technique directions again, so I went to my computer room, grabbed some paper, then went to my laundry room and turned the iron on. I laid down a towel on top of my dryer (because I was too lazy to set up the ironing board) and I laid a peice of computer paper on top of the towel. Then I laid the watercolor paper (embossed side up) onto the paper and covered that with my other peice of computer paper. Then I ran the hot iron over the paper until the embossing was melted and showed through the computer paper. I finished off my card (after turning off and unplugging the iron of course, don't want to burn the house down) by stamping the dots from Delight in life onto the bottom half of my card base using coordinating ink, tied some eggplant sheer ribbon, then distressing the focal peice with my scissors, attaching it to EE cardstock, distressing that in the same manner, attaching that to the card base using dimensionals and tying the ribbon off to the side. I decided the card needed something more so I attached some primas and a brad using a glue dot and then stamped my verse in the corner of the focal image. Not bad for not having anything in mind when starting.

Supplies: Stamps- Delight In Life, Words Of Wisdom; Cardstock- Certainly Celery, Elegant Eggplant, Watercolor; Ink- Black, Certainly Celery, Versamark; Access.- Plastic containers, reinkers, spray bottle, aquapainter, dimensionals, ribbon, brad, prima, Clear EP, Iron, computer paper

1 comment:

Belinda said...

Paisley again??? *gasp* I think I might faint! Beautiful cards! So, is the colorwash batik easier than what we used with mulberry paper? I might have to try it out.