It’s quite interesting to me (QI to my BBC-watching friends LOL!) That when I do “art” I tend towards the messy, grungy, distressed look but when I design (like the Project Life Printables I did over the last couple of days) I am all about the clean lines and simple shapes. Not entirely sure what that says about me – maybe I feel more confident using tools others have developed (like stamps and inks) than I am creating from scratch? Not sure but I am having fun in both directions at the moment.
Carrying on with my BIG CARD project, this week we have the Nine of Diamonds. In considering the techniques I want to experiment with, I spend the weekend before looking at my stash. I am looking for things I have but have never used. This week, I pulled out a Glue Pad, some quite ancient foil sheets, a pristine stamp, and some cheap metallic copper paint. Quite an array.
I know Distress ink is meant to be blended, but for this experiment I really wanted to use red and blue and not have the whole thing deteriorate into a muddy purple. I first smudged the Distress ink in Barn Door, Fired Brick and Worn Lipstick, but left some white areas, especially around the edges. I then smudged the Broken China in the white areas, letting some drift over the edges into the reds. You’ll see that in later photos – I’m trying not to be needlessly photo-heavy here. I dried the Distress ink briefly with the heat gun because I didn’t know if the foil might stick to it if it were wet.
I stamped with my never-before used glue pad and then hit that with the heat gun, literally for a couple of seconds. I did try foiling over it immediately and my opinion is a blast of heat makes the foil stick better. I laid the foil over the glue-stamping and rubbed over it with the flat edge of the bone folder – and in smaller areas rubbed with my fingertip. That is some intensely-blue blue!
and the final card:
This one MAY have replaced the Jack as my favourite. I’ve never seen the foil with glue pad. I have read lots of places how people don’t like the Essential Glue Pad, which may be why I never opened it. I’m glad in this case I bought it then read the reviews, because I love it for this. I have a drawer full of foil sheets (pretty much all but gold and silver, because I think I bought the pack for those colours, used them up, and stuffed the remainder in a drawer!) so I can see playing with this a LOT. When the light hits it, and with the imperfect application of the foil over the Distress ink, it has such a cool look.
And so the experiment continues.