Monday, January 14, 2013

Celebrate 2013 with Something New

Happy New Year! It's the first challenge of the year over on the A Muse Studio Consultants Challenge Blog and I'm hosting! Of course the challenge had to be: use something new. But then I thought I'd add a little twist, so this week we have combine something new with a papercrafting fave. Here's what I came up with:

I started with my favourite technique - heat embossing, which was done using the Venetian Background stamp on watercolour paper. Since I knew I'd be getting out my new Splash! inks and there was a good chance I'd oversaturate the paper, I thought it best to use some paper that was made to get wet. I was right. I sprayed and dabbed with a paper towel over and over, trying to get a perfect blend of the two colours. Then I proceeded to spray the backside with water, spritzed a little water on the front, and stood the whole thing up in a box overnight to allow the lemon whip to slowly blend into the grapefruit.

When everything was dried the next day, I proceeded to matte the inked paper with some onyx cardstock and mount it on a sugar card base. The sugar was a little too stark, so I went for my go-to colour - kraft - and it was perfect. I used a sentiment from Contemporary Greetings, stamped in Versamark and embossed in onyx, and trimmed it out. The sentiment strip looked a little plain, so I jazzed it up with some onyx baker's twine that I sprayed with both lemon whip and grapefruit Splash!

I hope you'll head over to the challenge blog and play along with our first challenge for 2013. The prize is 2 bottles of that gorgeous Splash! ink. So get your craft on and link a project before 11:59 pm on January 26.

Hugs and Kisses.
TraceyJ

A Muse Studio Supplies Used:
stamps: Venetian Background, Contemporary Greetings
cardstock: kraft, onyx
ink: Versamark, lemon whip Splash!, grapefruit Splash!
other: watercolour paper, onyx embossing powder, onyx baker's twine

8 comments:

Chris said...

This is a great look - you achieved such a nice blend of colors. That's the hardest part I think! Love it, I'll be CASEing you :)

Linda Suarez said...

Wow! This is awesome Tracey Jean! I have never tried this technique before. I'll have to get some watercolor paper and try it. And I agree, it looks perfect mounted on the kraft card base. Great way to start the new year!

Angela K said...

Just beautiful, thanks for the inspiration!

Nicole said...

I love the background. It's blended so perfectly! Great card!

artfulscrapbooking said...

Your blending of inks is beautiful!! Wonderful card! xo Evie

Betsye Rose said...

gorgeous card! the best part is that I have this stamp.

Seleise said...

wow! wow! wow! GORGEOUS!!! I'm going to try this with the music background. LOVE IT!!! Thanks for the tips on how to get the colors to blend!

Ted said...

Tracey Jean, this is wonderful! I love the warmth that it exudes with the blended oranges and yellows. Beautiful! :) To answer your question: I got the punch from Stampin' Up! a few years back. Not sure if they still have it, but it's called "Key Tag Punch". :) Thanks for your kind words on my blog!

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