Wednesday, March 13, 2013

SNS Blog Hop: Favorite Technique

Deco Gate closed
This month's Sparkle N Sprinkle blog hop is all about using your Favorite Techniques.  That's a really hard one for me as I love to try new techniques all the time.  For this one though, I decided to use a slight variation of an old favorite - the Wrinkle Free technique.   I also used two different rubber stamps: the Deco Gate and one of the ladies from the Art Deco Ladies stamp set.

Deco Gate partially opened
Deco Gate open
Instead of using Distress Inks and spritzing with water, I used Fireworks! spritzes (Cantaloupe, Dandelion, and Tangelo) by Tsukineko.  I poured the colors directly onto my craft mat and ran my glossy paper through the puddles of color.  Both the base and the focal point were done the same way, using the same colors.  The difference between the two is that on the base one, I blotted up the excess color with a paper towel, thereby leaving a more subtle color variation.  This color matches her skin tone much more.  I also ran this layer through a Spellbinders embossing folder.  The top layer was allowed to air dry, leaving a much more vibrant color variation.

I used VersaMark ink and Brown Fizz, a wonderfully glittery embossing powder to create the image.  I colored the remaining portions with Copic markers and fussy cut her out so she could be the surprise when the Deco Gate is opened.  The Deco Gate was heat embossed with Gold Detail and fussy cut out.  You need to cut through the center of the stamped image as well.  When you adhere it to the background, make sure you only attach the edges of the gate, so that it will open.

Place the Art Deco Lady behind the Deco Gate and close.  Stamp the sentiment, also from the Art Deco Ladies stamp set, onto the tag, which is die cut with Lil' Inker Designs stitched sentiment flag die.

Hopefully you came from Shona's blog.  If not, you may want to start at the beginning at the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog.  There are some wonderful prizes to be won, but in order to be eligible, you must comment on each of the designer's blogs.  Three of the prizes are hidden on three different designers blogs (even we don't know which ones).  You'll have two days to leave comments, so plenty of time.  I hope you've enjoyed the technique I've shown today.  Now it's time to head on over to Karalee and see what technique she used.  Good luck and thanks for joining us today.  Hope you learn some great new techniques.

49 comments:

Brenda said...

what a novel way to create skin tones! Love the background idea too :)

jimlynn said...

WOW! Anne, this is a stunning creation! I've never heard of that technique and it sounds (and looks) so interesting! Love your card!
Lynn

Jacqueline Smith said...

fabulous card, love how you did the background !

Karalee said...

Oh la la Anne! This is very cool.

Barbara Bruder said...

WOW!!! what a super technique and the card you've made is really quite stunning using the colors you selected. I like the way the colors meld and flow from one to the other.

Donna Ellis said...

Hi, Anne! Such a colorful technique, and very nice shiny contrast to the glittered embossing powders. Wonderful card! Thank you for inspiring me today! hugs, de

April said...

Great technique and I love your glittery lady!

Shanna Shands said...

Thanks for sharing this technique. i just got some sprays so I must give it a try!

Cammy404 said...

Wow! I can see the sparkles from here, makes me want to try this technique. It must be so pretty in real life!! Your card is amazing. :) Loved the special fold that you chose to reveal the inside content.

Tammy said...

Wow, wow, wow! Gorgeous card and gorgeous image! Love the techniques you used!

Jill Jacobsen said...

What a great combo of stamps and I love the gate!! Gotta get that stamp and use it!!

Gina said...

Beautiful card.

McCrafty's Cards said...

Wow Anne, this is fabulous I like the design and the art deco stamp inside
Kevin xx

Shona Erlenborn said...

What a unique technique. Wouldn't have thought of using the two versions together on a card, but of course it makes sense and is totally coordinated! Love it Anne.

kren said...

I love your deco images! TFS

rachel said...

fab card Anne - love the opening window - brilliant xx

Pat Garvin said...

Great card design.

Carol Jones said...

This is so elegant and arty -- thanks for a great idea!

Gita said...

Love the look of the art deco lady with the embossing.

elf1023 said...

Great card, love the background. Classy lady!

Linda Simpson said...

WOW Anne this is fantastic. Love the image and the fabulous colours.

Hugs
Linda xxx

Mindy said...

I love the "surprise" idea! The background is so beautiful too!

dmbennett said...

Fantastic card. Thanks for sharing this technique. I will have to give it a try.

macmomma said...

I almost didn't do this hop but I am so glad I did! I love teh opening gate on your card and the inking technique is cool! Thanks for sharing!

Verna Angerhofer said...

This is a new technique to me but I sure do love what you did using it. Might have to give this a go myself. Thanks for sharing. Your card is gorgeous.

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Fabulous card. Love the hidden image. TFS

Rhonda Miller said...

What a great card. I love the sparkle.

Anita Braddock said...

Super cool card the gate way is Awesome. love the colors and the techniques you used is perfect. thanks for sharing.

Sandra Kersting said...

The colors you used in the background are lovely. I also use this technique to make my own backgroungs. Thank you

Jan Wood said...

Thanks for the fun card. I think this will be a great card for friends in my card club.

Candy Meyers said...

Neat card. I love the way you offset the part that opens. Great job.
Candy Meyers

Candy Meyers said...

Neat card. I love the way you offset the part that opens. Great job.
Candy Meyers

crafty grandma said...

WOW!! This is stunning much too nice to give as a card. When I will try it out, and if it comes out as nice, it will be hanging in my craft room! TFS

Rosalind Cruz said...

Very nice card. The stamped image of the lady is well done.

Pat said...

Great ideas. Something else to try.

SHartl said...

what a great way to get just the colors you want and to make a background! This would be a great rainy day project...making different sheets of paper to use later!

Alicia DiCarlo said...

I love the colors & the different hues from this technique. Great card.

Anonymous said...

What an elegant stamp to find hiding under the gate.

Scrappy said...

Gorgeous background!

BarbaraR said...

Your card is really pretty. I like the background colors.

Julie Z said...

What an interesting and unique idea. Not sure if I've seen this before. Thanks for the inspiration!

Gina Howe said...

Very nice card! I want to try some of those spritzs now!

nwilliams6 said...

Very artsy Anne. The color combinations and techniques are remarkable. I tried this last month and loved it. Now I want to go try it again. Great stuff! Hugz!

namabear said...

Anne what a pretty card and a new technique to me I might just have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

Susan Smith said...

An unusual technique. One I had not seen before. Great card

purusty said...

great ideas

Dianne Potter said...

I love your unique design! A very memorable card. Thank you for sharing.

Pamela Selinski said...

I love everything about this card it is so very beautiful.

E. Marie said...

This is a wonderful technique to add color and the perfect background for such an elegant lady.