Sunday, April 15, 2012

Has It Been That Long?

Oh my goodness.  After returning to work following spring break life has been hectic!  Sorry about the lacks of posts, but things get in the way.

I have a new post for a but later, but I wanted to update an old post with a beautiful card that I did with my stamper's club this week.

You can see the original post for this entry here.  What I learned this week is that it's best NOT to use hot glue to adhere your pieces to your block.  The glues doesn't come out consistently, and you're going to end up with some pieces sticking up more than others as a result of the amount of glue underneath.  This gives you an uneven stamping surface.  Not so bad when you're just using it for backgrounds, but when you're trying to do a mosaic, you really need the Versamark to stamp clearly.  I suggest using some Sizzixx or Sookwang double-sided sticky sheets.  They're strong enough to hold your pieces on, and they'll give you an even surface.

If you love this card, here is a recipe for it so you can make it without trying to figure out the measurements.

Base: Always Artichoke
1st later: Crumb Cake - 4 x 5 1/4
2nd layer: Pink Pirouette - 3 7/8 x 5 1/8
3rd layer: First Edition - 3 3/4 x 5

Art Piece:
1st layer: Crumb Cake - 3 1/4 square
2nd layer: Pink Pirouette - 3 1/8 square
3rd later: Very Vanilla - 3 square

Heat tool, clear embossing powder, textured impressions plate (flourish), sponge dauber, mosaic stamp (if you don't know what this is search STAINED MOSAIC in the resource section of splitcoaststampers)

Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Soft Suede, VersaMark, Blender Pen
Vintage brads, Always Artichoke seam binding ribbon

*Stamp and colour your image. I used my blender pen for a gentler look than the markers gave me.
*Ink your mosaic stamp with VersaMark and cover coloured image.
*Cover with clear embossing powder and heat set.
*Use coordinating dark colours to ink brayer and cover image. Wipe off excess ink.
*Before mounting your pieces of cardstock together, use your scissors to rough up the edges, then distress them with your sponge daubers.

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