Friday, 28 November 2008

One Stop Craft Challenge 5


Week 5's One Stop Craft Challenge is a sketch by Maggie.

As I've been doing lots and lots of watercolouring lately, I decided to change my emphasis and style with this Lamb and Lion Seasons Greetings card, which features markers and ink burnishing.

The stamp of the lion and lamb (from Stampin' Up!) was inked with chocolate chip pigment ink and then embossed with clear detailed powder. I then used markers to colour and highlight the lamb and lion. Next, I took a VersaMark marker to completely cover the lamb and lion and then I embossed the two images.

Now that they were embossed and sealed, I could begin the burnishing process. I took a sponge and dipped it into summer sun pigment ink and started to burnish in the ink colour. This is not the same process as sponging, where you are dabbing. Burnishing is more of twisting and moving the colour in circles to colour the paper. The ink almost becomes part of the paper by burnishing. I used a touch of pumpkin pie ink on the edges of the sky, and I used a brocade blue as sky around the lamb and lion. The grass was coloured green.

I used layering to achieve the sketch requirements. And then I went back to my oven to make a Shrinky Dink medallion, which says: Season's Greetings. The stamp is from Inkadinkado and is one of their circular unmounted clear stamps. It was very tricky to keep the Shrinky Dink circle from permanently curling up, but it worked in the end.

Finish up the medallion with layering and a touch of velvet ribbon. Viola! Ready to be mailed!