Saturday, July 6, 2013

Just Playing

Had a couple challenging days at work, so decided to try some techniques without worrying about a deadline or challenge requirements.  I've been wanting to color paper by patting & dragging it through ink that's been spritzed on my craft sheet.  I used watercolor paper with Distress Inks tea dye, bundled sage & peeled paint.  I dried between colors & it was OK, but not quite what I wanted so I sponged on more ink.  Then I stamped Penny Black's verdant, 4310K, with peeled paint & spritzed with Ink Potion #9.    My friend, Sue, makes the most beautiful backgrounds--often dry embossing after stamping. Decided to give it a try with my Cuttlebug folder, Kassie's Brocade.  The effect was magical!  Next I spritzed with Tattered Angels Copper mist & distressed the edges.  It's so beautiful in person I didn't want to cover it up.  Decided to just add a sentiment from Penny Black's edge to edge, 30-164, copper embossed on vellum.  I inked the back using tea dye & trimmed the ends.  Finished off with some green twine (toned down with the tea dye) & a brown button.  I feel renewed & ready to work on some challenge cards now.
If you're looking for inspiration, don't miss the 3 Saturday Extravaganza posts today on the Penny Black blog. 
I so appreciate your taking time to leave me a comment--always makes me happy.  Enjoy your weekend.

17 comments:

  1. Lovely technique! Turned out great!

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  2. This turned out GREAT Greta and I like the colors you've combined! The botanical stamps were the perfect choice too!

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  3. Greta, this turned out so beautifully! Thanks for explaining what you did, (you can be sure I'll try it!). Just joined as a new follower, and will be back to visit when I can. Your embossing after the background was created - added so much dimension, and your vellum sentiment was just perfect. Didn't cover up all your hard work. TFS.

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  4. Your background turned out just beautiful Greta. Nice colours and the use of the vellum was an inspired move. It really seems to float over the background.

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  5. its 4 am and I can't sleep. thought I would peek in and see what you have been up to. I love this technique and the results are beautiful!! :) there's a very soft gentle feel to this design!

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  6. yes... sue is the master of gorgeous inked and embossed backgrounds, but I think this card gives her a good run for her money, greta... the background piece looks like a rich piece of brocade fabric!

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  7. Sorry to hear you have had challenging days at work! I can 't even imagine ;-)
    Your card is gorgeous in these muted tones!
    Hope you have a very good and restful Sunday~

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  8. Gorgeous design, love the texture & the wonderful inky colours ! Shirleyx

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  9. Hello Greta,
    I am so happy you dry embossed after you inked your paper, because now you know why I like this technique so much, a prosaic bg can be given a new life by just going a step further. Your muted tones adds so much warmth to the card, the minimal elements also adds that extra interest.
    It is a gorgeous card.
    Smiles :-)
    Sue

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  10. Beautiful card!Love the design,Colors are awesome!!!

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  11. I hope things get a little easier at work:). I really love the texture the embossing gives to your bg! Looks like you really enjoyed the creative process and that's a wonderful thing!

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  12. Wow, Greta - embossing after inking is something I've never thought of trying, and in your hands, the results are stunning! The sentiment stamped on vellum is the perfect touch; such beauty certainly deserves to be showcased, just as you did! Yet again, something pretty + something learned at your blog! Hope your 'play time' has rekindled your spirit. I can only imagine how challenging your days must be in your nursing role, but I know that your gentle, compassionate nature has a positive impact on those whose lives you touch! Sometime, though, the 'giver' needs some time to replenish and a 'just because' card is the perfect prescription! Hope your Sunday was fantastic!
    c

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  13. WOW, Greta! What a FABULOUS card! I love the inking & the texture!
    AMAZING results...and beautifully done!

    Hope all goes well at work this week for you.

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  14. Playing and getting messy with inks usually manages to lift my spirits too :) I do feel bad for people who don't have an activity they enjoy to help them unwind after the tough days.

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  15. The dry embossing is awesome. You have some very inspirational craft friends!

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  16. Wow Greta, this technique looks wonderful. I'm sure it looks even more gorgeous in person, love those subtle muted tones, beautifully done!!

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