What, two posts in one weekend, good grief! Yes, and I’ve done … shhhh … housework. And I’m cooking lunch for 8 people today! Don’t worry, the blog hasn’t been hijacked, I haven’t been abducted by aliens and replaced with a clone – it’s still me. Ok, the card is a cheat, I had this one made already as those of you who read the DT blog may have spotted.
It uses another piece of the white stamped vellum as in the last post and a paper from the Essence of Nature CD. The stamping is done onto glossy card from Southfield and there’s a story to the card. Back in 2010, Southfield informed us that they were discontinuing their glossy card as the manufacturer was no longer making it. There was a lot of disappointment as it was a great card, brayered up lovely and produced a perfect Versamark resist. They soon announced that they had brought it back so we started stocking that.
Fast forward to 2012 and my pile of glossy card is now well and truly mixed up. I have bits from the old manufacturer, but obviously a lot more from the new and it’s not the same. The new stuff doesn’t resist the Versamark, it does the opposite and the ink sticks to it! Lesley has been writing some brayering articles for the Baroque Guild and ran into this problem when trying to photograph technique pieces for her article. She had some happy accidents along the way, but when I tested out my card, I realised there’s glossy and there’s glossy.
So this card features the newer glossy card. I tried to do a resist and it didn’t work. (For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, Versamark ink will normally ‘resist’ a dye ink so you can stamp with the Versamark onto plain white glossy card and brayer dye ink over the top to create white stamped images.) I went along with it anyway and just built up layers of stamping (using Wisteria Lane), stippling, sponging and a bit of brayering – all with Memento and Distress inks.
It seemed like quite a sombre palette until I added the orange which livened it up a bit. The rose started out cream and was sprayed with Angel Pink. It turned out a more coral shade than I expected and just added the finishing touch.
I’m off to do my domestic goddess bit now. That means clearing the craft room table so we can take it downstairs – our little dining table only seats four!
Enjoy your Sunday,