Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Birds and Pearls

Brrr it's so cold isn't it and we've had no daylight here today, it's been dark, damp and foggy all day so apologies for the photos tonight, I've scanned one and photoed the other with flash to get the best results but nothing like taking them in daylight.

Before I get going with this post I must just say a huge thank you for your support, I was feeling really bad over that cake but I know I did the right thing. Family time is so precious at anytime but more so at Christmas.

Following my last post, I have been asked whether the clear embossing powder sticks to the mica powdered card from the original inking. I made the card such a long time ago I couldn't honestly answer 100% so I had another go last night and found out two things, yes the clear EP sticks but to get the best results with the mica powder you need to use watercolour paper. Not sure why this is but ordinary card just doesn't work. So here are step by step instructions.

1) Cut a piece of watercolour paper the required design size you want.

2) Liberally ink with versamark or similar.

3) Apply mica powders with a large brush until they cover the paper really well.

4) Ink a stamp with the versamark and stamp into the powder. This will remove it to show the stamped design (If you are really organised and have a piece of triple embossing to hand stamp the mica powdered stamp into this so as not to waste it). Otherwise clean the stamp each time before reinking & restamping into the powder

5) Sprinkle clear EP over the whole area and heat emboss from underneath to get a glossy finish.

Hope this helps.

Here is the piece I did last night and a piece of triple embossed chipboard I made after stamping the dragonfly card in the last post.

The Tag It On challenge theme this week is birds and this is what I came up with.

The tag was glimmer misted with various shades of pink. The Crafty Individuals stamp was inked in Brilliance pearlescent Ivy and Crimson and clear embossed. The little hearts were then decoupaged.

I realised after I'd finished it that the stamp is very swirly so I've added some pearls and am also entering it into the Allsorts challenge. Their theme is swirls and pearls this week. You have to be a speedy crafter at this time of year when time is so precious so hope this is ok.

Thank you as always for stopping by and I hope you are all wrapping up well and keeping warm.


brenda said...

Hi Lisa

It certainly is cold, -2 here just after lunch, so won't get any warmer tonight that's for sure.

Yet despite the weather and we have had one or two frosts recently, we still have roses in bloom, I find it amazing in the middle of December.

On to your tad, gorgeous, love the contast in colours and the bird is devine.

Thank you for joining in my pearls and swirls theme at Allsorts this week.

B x

Clare (Littlebear) said...

Hi Lisa,
This is a beautiful tag. The colours are gorgeous and the stamps so pretty.
Clare x

craftimamma said...

What gorgeous pieces of art Lisa. All of them are wonderful and thank you so much for taking the time to answer my question in a step by step. I really want to have a go at that technique as soon as I can.

Lesley Xx

Carolands said...

Hi Lisa

I love both the stamp and the triple embossed tile, I love embossing powders, it completely changes everything! Love the pink on the tag. We are in Essex and had a sunny day today, cold, but sunny so hope some comes your way :)


Jill said...

Oh wow that is such a lovely tag. I just can't compete with that!! Know what you mean about it being dark. The sun made a brief appearance here between the cloud and sunset!

Debs said...

Hi Lisa
This is gorgeous - the bird image is beautiful. Your tutorial is great as well.
Thanks for sharing it with us at Allsorts this week.
Take care
Debs xx

Sally H said...

Your tag is gorgeous, and so are the other pieces! Outside has been damp and miserable, but we had our key stage one Christmas party today, so inside it was colourful, exciting and with lots of food!

Jules said...

Hi Lisa

A really beautiful piece of work - in fact your whole blog is lovely. I have been having a nosey around!

A great tag for Brenda's "pearls and swirls" challenge. Love your cute little pearls, your colours and of course the hearts!!

Thank you for joining in the Allsorts challenge this week.

Love Jules xx

Beryl said...

Thank you for giving a clear explanation of the dragonfly card method - it looks great. One to try when all this Christmas lark is sorted. Your tag and the top two pieces are lovely too.
Beryl xx

Dragon said...

Great tag as always, Lisa. Love the bird... they do them well don't they??!! Thanks for your generous comment on my blog and for dreaming with me again in these dark, dank days

Lynda said...

Love the vibrant pink - nice to see something bright and cheerful!

Love Lynda xxx

Anne said...

Wow that heavily embossed board is amazing and love your pearls and swirls tag, it's gorgeous!

I keep trying to find some better "snow" for my blog, think you're just going to have to put up with spotty snow lol!

Hope Jacare said...

Such a beautiful tag Lisa - your colours are fantastic as always! Cheers Claire x