The next challenge I have chosen is one that we have done a couple of times before but you always make amazing cards for it, so I am hoping that you like it.....
You may have guessed from today's card but if not your next Challenge is to make cards using your own backgrounds, it can be as simple or as technical as you like, I will add some examples below...…
Use an embossing folder, maybe try embossing patterned paper for a different look, or add gilding wax to highlight the embossed areas.
You could stamp a background
Emboss resist then add ink
Sharpie Technique that Karen uses, or use cheap pens like Danielle did last week
Use an adhesive sheet and add glitter, micro beads over plain or patterned paper
Bargello technique (weaving paper)
Mica powders, perfect pearls, pixie powders
Caught in Crystal technique
Herringbone pattern technique
Thats all my tired brain can think of right now, I am sure there are lots more, basically it's an excuse to get messy and have fun!!
I did just that yesterday afternoon, (after I had settled Harley, yes he's still frisky)!!
I ordered some of the Cosmic Shimmer Crystal Tints from Ben at 'In2Craft' after seeing them on Julia's show last Friday, I wanted to have a go at the 'Caught in Crystal' technique and when I saw Julia use them instead of glue or glossy accents for the caught in crystal I was surprised at how vibrant the colours were, they arrived yesterday morning and I was itching to have a go.
I took a piece of acetate and squeezed on a combination of Teal Tourmaline, Lime Peridot & yellow Citrine Crystal tints, I then added some White Pearl Pixie Powders and a sprinkle of 'Glitterbitz' chunky glitter, I scrunched up a piece of tissue paper and pushed it into the mixture, now I needed something to 'smoosh' it down with, so I thought for a moment and instead of using a baby wipe of kitchen roll I decided to use a piece of white watercolour card, that way if it looked ok I could use the it as another background, if not it didn't really matter. So I took my watercolour card and smooshed it into the green gooey mess and carefully peeled it off and left it to dry. I made another Caught in Crystal in a different colour and did the same.
By the time I had finished and tidied away my watercolour piece was dry and had a shimmer to it and was actually a really nice colour so I decided to use it with the 'With Love' Papercuts die that I used the other day, I was happier with this one because I have framed it and I think it looks neater.
I embossed the background to add more interest and placed it on my card base, adhered the 'With Love' die cut, added a piece of ribbon that coordinated and tied a triple bow that I trimmed with a crystal faceted heart gem. I cut a frame to fit the piece, which finished it off nicely, I added a few green hearts here and there for embellishment.
I hope you like it, I really do like the colour of that background (but then I love green), the photo below my card is of the 'Caught In Crystal' that that background came from, which I am was still wet, I can't wait to see it when its all dry.
Val I hope all is well, sending hugs xxx
Not much planned for us this weekend, I hope to do some crafting.
I hope that you all have a lovely day,
Love and hugs