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Saturday, March 15, 2014

CAS 3: Day 6

Hello Everyone,
I loved all the techniques that were shared with us yesterday. This post I am going to focus on the Iron-off embossing. I loved the cards that Jennifer McGuire demo'd for us and followed her example to a "t". Everything went off without a hitch, but when I looked at my finished card, I just felt it looked unfinished. So, I put it aside and moved on to the plaid stamping. Sometimes, I find I have to put a card aside for awhile and then look at it with fresh eyes. As I was blog-hopping last night, I came across this card by Jean Manis. I loved the way she "cheated". I was so inspired I did a bit of card surgery and changed my original card to this one.
I cut the sentiment panel out of the original card and mounted it onto a white cardbase and then added a bit of black to create some dimension. I definitely like it better, but I was still not totally satisified with it. So, I decided to do a second one. I chose slightly bolder colours - I realize I am a bright colour gal. I also did a different watercolour technique. I smooshed my distress ink pads (picked raspberry, ripe persimmon, and mustard seed) directly onto the craft mat. Then I spritzed liberally with water. I stamped the sentiment with Versafine black onyx and clear embossed. Then I pressed the panel into my ink mix. I love the  way it turned out. I ironed off the embossing. I stamped a simple background over the card base in soft granite shadow ink and then mounted the sentiment panel as pictured. I love the boldness of this card.
So, lesson learned - don't be afraid to take the techniques and make them your own. Now, I will try tackling the graffiti stamping!

Happy Stamping,
Meg

9 comments:

  1. Beautifully done!!! I absolute love those colors!!! Good Job.

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  2. I love your blog look too!!! The ribbon colors are stunning.

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  3. These are gorgeous! Really like the color of the inks! And that black really gives a wonderful graphic punch.

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  4. Definitely prefer your adaptation...sometimes the OLC purists are straining at a gnat!

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  5. I think I should of "cheated" a little on mine too. LOL. Fabulous cards.

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  6. oh what fun! Love both versions! Beautiful work!

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  7. Both cards are awesome! I love the second one where the inks are more splotchy, just adds more character. But they are both amazing and I love the little bit of doctoring you did to add some pop! <3

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  8. You are my favorite designer...love your ideas. When I tried to 'iron-off' the card was yellowish. Your solution suits me

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  9. I love how you worked the colors together! :)

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