Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Out of the comfort zone....

Hi All ... (or should I say favourite few?)

Today, I'm featuring my most recent creation who's inspiration came from THIS image and latest Just Add Ink Challenge, and the colour combination came from The Summer Card Camp Week 4 challenge. Talk about two complimentary challenges! (mind you I just missed out on linking this to Just Add Ink by 45 min!)

This one is more than a little out of my comfort zone .... Firstly, it's in blues and greens, secondly it involves acrylic paint, and thirdly its all shimmery! So without further ado:

Ok - apologies for the REALLY bad photo (taken at 10pm on the kitchen bench). I could have sworn it looked better on the laptop, but alas no! Will take another and replace this weekend.

The image itself is actually the Hero Arts music background stamp embossed with Versamark onto glossy paper with white embossing powder. Since I never use glossy paper, I cheated and used HP photo paper, it's thinner than the usual glossy cardstock, but when mounted it does the job!

The only colours I had in ink pads was SU Baja Breeze and Kiwi Kiss, I had nothing else really remotely similar. So I cracked open some old little acrylic paints that were in a 24 mini-pack I had in a random cupboard from way back.

I painted them over the dried music image, and then wiped it back a little to show through the embossed music notes.

Here's the trick, instead of adding normal tap water to the paint - I added Ranger Perfect Pearls which I had mixed with water into my little mini mister and sprayed it directly into the paint as I was mixing the colours. Low and behold, a sweet little shimmer! here's a close up...

Pretty cool eh? I smudged the one colour into the next with my finger t avoid brush strokes (it was lots of fun getting messy - like being in pre-school finger-painting hehe).

The shimmer of the colours on the card remind me of the shimmer the beautiful Mediterranean water shimmering in the sunlight... oh to be back there again!

I matted it onto white and again onto SU Baja Breeze for a little contrast. I'm loving my new SU designer label punch!

So that's it! Hope you enjoy it :)

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