Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Happy Birthday, Germaine!

Monday, 23 February, was my friend Germaine's birthday. I am so blessed to have her in my life. We've known each other for a number of years -- having first crossed paths on techniquejunkies e-group.

She and I have lived in some of the same places around the world, and it seemed like I was following her. I was in England while she was in Houston; I was in Houston, while she was in Abu Dhabi; she was in England, while I was in Abu Dhabi. And now, guess what? We now both live in England. Fate or what?

She and I are trying to figure out how we can move her home in Cambridge closer to my home near London! If we were closer, our husbands know that we would be crafting together all the time.

Now to the card . . . it was made with a Cuttlebug embossing folder and white textured cardstock. After I ran it through the Cuttlebug, I painted it with a white pearlescent acrylic and allowed it to dry for a few hours.

I then used sponges and stiff bristle brush to colour the flowers and vines on the embossed image. I used acrylics for this, but stamping ink can also be used. You want to use a 'dry brush' technique: Don't over saturate the stiff bristle brush or sponge with ink/paint. Remove excess by brushing onto a paper towel. Now lightly move the sponge or brush across the top of the embossed image. Don't worry if you get ink/paint outside the lines because the next step will help to hide any boo-boos.

Now you need Twinkling H20s, Cosmic Shimmer or a similar product in a gold tone. Use a narrow sponge, dip it in the pot of gold, and start rubbing it over your embossed and coloured image. You can wipe some of the excess off the high points, if you wish. You can add more into the low points of the embossed image, especially trying to mask any colour that's gone astray.

When you are finished, you are left with this Soft Finish Technique. The gold softens the colours that you've dry brushed onto your embossed image.

The stamps are from Close to My Heart. Die Cuts With a View metallic cardstock helped to enhance the gold and pearl tones of the embossed image. A gold ribbon and a pearl completed the picture.