Hello from a very wet and soggy Wales! It has rained here pretty much every day for a week and last Friday saw my back garden turn into a lake! The teeny-tiny-very-insignificant brook at the back of the garden turned into THE MIGHTY MISSISSIPPI and a very small crack high up in the back wall allowed gallons of water in!
Oh well, things are slowly going back to normal and thankfully the level of water stayed 1 inch below my door step! You can see the tide mark on the wall in the picture. A near miss I would say. On the up side, I now know there is a crack in the garden wall which needs fixing. Once that is done the flooding to the garden shouldn't happen again.
So what do we have in the way of Visible Image treats for you today? Well, if you subscribe to Creative Stamping Magazine you will have already seen this card. One of the great thrills about working for a company like Visible Image is that we are often called upon by our lovely bosses, Helen and Mark, to make projects suitable for inclusion in crafting magazines. This time 6 of us were asked to each create a project using a different stamp and sentiment from the INKognito range.
I have simply cut'n'pasted the original write-up as I feel the excitement of Friday allows me to be a little lazy! Making a mercy-dash to the local builders merchant in wellies and PJ's to get sand bags at 7:30am is not my idea of fun and I am still getting over it! I expect they are still pretty traumatized by it too!!
· Take an A3 piece of good quality white card and paint with the Brusho paints. Use a large brush and colour the page dark through to light trying to avoid obvious lines. Blend well and leave to dry.
· Using just plain water, splash droplets over the card and mop these up fairly promptly. This will give the splatters.
· Spray the Bronte Script very lightly with a fine mister containing just water. Stamp onto the painted card and promptly blot the excess water off. Again, this will remove some of the paint and leave a light image. Do this all over the card.
· Allow to dry, or hurry it along with a heat tool.
· Lightly stamp a few images of the Bronte script in Fired Brick distress ink on the card. It will show more on the lighter areas.
· Select a piece of the finished background and cut to fit the card base allowing for the layering.
· Stamp and heat emboss the heart towards the top in the centre of the selected piece of card.
· On another piece of card stamp and heat emboss the sentiment. See TOP TIPS.
· Using dilute bleach, (I used a thick one diluted 1 part bleach to 2 parts water) and a fine paintbrush, go around the embossed images to add the highlights. Blot away with kitchen towel if necessary.
· Mount the main image onto 2 layers, first a white layer then in the burgundy card. Stick onto the card base.
· Mount the sentiment onto just a white background. Stick onto card.
Always make more background card than you need. You can then select the best area and you have leftovers for using in other projects!
When you select a piece of card for the sentiment, try finding a piece that has the opposite colours to the body of the card. This makes the sentiment banner stand out more.
Don't be afraid to use dilute bleach on your projects. It doesn't always make things white again but it does give some lovely results.
Brusho paint sets come with a great leaflet on how to use them.
Brusho paint is very intense and goes a long way. Mix only a small amount of the powder with a drop of water. Use a large brush and plenty of water to get a good blend on the card.
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If you don't fancy using bleach, you get a similar effect using just water and blotting away but the result is more subtle.
Overall 2 hours but this includes drying time which could be less if you used a heat tool to dry the paint.
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See you next week for another Marvellous Monday and in the mean time enjoy your week, get crafty and show us what you have been up to!
I am looking forward to a drier, less 'exciting' week ahead.
Happy Days! Kim J