Saturday, December 6, 2008

Bargello & Twisted Alcohol Background

We're doing a Book Study as a group on NGS, using Nancy Curry's book "Texture Effects for Rubber Stamping". This week we are doing the Bargello design. I thought it would be fun to combine the Bargello design with one of the extra Twisted Alcohol Backgrounds I made earlier this week. I stamped a flourish design with Watermark ink over the twisted alcohol backgrounds and heat set.
I made my own "blending pad tool". I cut a piece of Cut-N-Dry and temporarily adhered it to an acrylic block that had Tack N Peel attached to it (I normally use this with unmounted rubber).
I used this "blending pad tool" to add light blue Distress ink over the image to reveal the stamped image. I used the blending tool to add in some darker blue Distress inks.
I over stamped the same flourish with the darkest blue Distress ink and heat set. Next, added some metallic silver mixture by splattering it on with a toothbrush.
To create the Bargello element, I cut this background into long strips about 1/8" - 1/4" in width and adhered them to a shorter piece of card stock while varying the placement of the strips.
I stamped a bird image with Archival ink, covered with black embossing powder and heat set.
It needed more metallic silver splatters, so applied more with the splatter toothbrush method again.
I ran a piece of card stock that was blue on one side and white on the other through a snowflake Cuttlebug embossing folder and sanded down the raised areas to reveal some white. I later ran a silver leafing pen around the outside edges.
I layered the bargello element onto the embossed snowflake piece and layered that onto a blue card. I added a snowflake punched out of silver paper and a metal tag with black brads on a metallic silver ribbon.


Manna said...

This is one beautiful card! Does the watermark ink work better than the VersaMark?

Carol said...

I think they work about the same, but my VersaMark pad was badly stained, so I decided to give this a try.
I just found VersaMark pads with sparkle added to them, haven't had a chance to play yet, so watch this space......

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