Tuesday 29 March 2016

Funny Quotes

When I saw these quote stamps by Dyan Reaveley on Amazon, I couldn't decide which sheet that I liked best - so I got all four!  Of course, once they arrived, I had to use them on a card straight away.  I hadn't used my Brusho powders for a while, so I decided to create the background with them, but try a new technique (for me anyway).

 I knew that I wanted to create a colourful background with my Brusho colours on watercolour card, also that I wanted to use torn vellum with a single quote across the front.  In the past, when I have used Brusho colours, I have either sprayed the watercolour card with water then sprinkled on different colours, or I have sprinkled the colours onto the card and then activated them by spritzing with water.  
This time, I wanted more control of the colours, so I used a wide brush, coated the watercolour card with water and used each colour one at a time as paint.  I spritzed water onto my glass mat, sprinkled in some powder and used the brush to mix the colour and add wide bands of colour across the width of the card one at a time, blending them together as I went.  From left to right I used Turquoise, Crimson (overlaid with Purple), Orange, Lemon and Lime Green.  Once the background was dry (with some help from my heat gun),  I stamped a selection of quotes from all four stamp sheets (Laugh Til You Leak, How About Never, Don't Hold Back and Say It How It Is) using Archival ink in Manganese Blue, Magenta Hue, Monarch Orange, Fern Green and Saffron.  I couldn't quite fit all the quotes the correct way round, so 'I can hardly wait to regret this' was deliberately added sideways on (thanks for the suggestion Eva!).  As you can see, one of the quotes didn't stamp perfectly, so I went over it later with an orange ProMarker with a fine line nib.
I trimmed down the background on all four sides, so that when I matted it onto a black A5 landscape blank, the black edge would emphasize the colour.  I stamped the last sentiment onto a piece of white printable Vellum Paper by Crafter's Companion, using Versamark ink and heat embossed using Pure White Detail Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder.  As I intended to wrap the ends of the vellum around the back of the background piece before adding it to the base card, I turned the vellum sideways on before stamping, then tore the length off the piece of A4.  Once the other edge was torn to match, I added it to the background, lining up the vellum quote with the space left for it.  As you can still read all the quotes through the vellum, I am really pleased with the finished piece - although my friend Eva thinks it still needs a little something.  What do you think?
I'm sharing this with Carolyn Dube's Let's Play Party.

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