Monday, October 18, 2010

Playing with Ink

The weekend sure went by fast! Can't believe it's Monday already! I'll be working my normal days for the next two weeks, then will have the first week of November off. I'm going to need it before all the craziness of the holidays starts in the flower department!

On Saturday I had some time to play with some techniques. I wanted to try and figure out how to get an embossed image and at the same time, achieve a bit of shading. I thought about the "second generation" stamping technique and realized that after stamping off the image once on scratch paper, I could add a bit more ink to just the edges of the stamp, before clear embossing it. No coloring, no blending, and it turned out pretty cool! I used the Decorative Ornament cling stamp from Hero Arts for these first two cards.


The sheer bows on this card started out white. I made some paint with the inks and water, then dragged the ribbon through the mixture, for a light "wash" of color.


Along with the same technique on the ornament, I also used the acrylic block technique on this next card, but with a twist. I wanted to make a frame, so I only inked around the outside edges of the block, before spraying it with water and stamping it onto the paper. Then I masked off the frame and stamped part of the Music Background in the middle.




I made one more card that I thought would be fun. I used the Hero Arts Have a Donut clear set. I've always thought the Christmasy cups they give you at Starbucks, during the holidays, are so cute! So I paper pieced the cup and decorated the donut with green and red swirls! Yum! The background was stamped with Hero Arts' Stunning Snowflakes.




Thanks for stopping by today! Hope everyone has a great start to the week! :)

20 comments:

Joy said...

Super beautiful cards Barb, I really love your ornament card, so striking and so darn pretty!

Rosemary said...

what a great set of Christmas cards, barb! looks like you had a lot of fun this weekend!

Sanne said...

Well, you certainly succed Barb - the result is amazing - gorgeous cards ;)

GrammySue's Creations said...

Hi Barb, these cards are gorgeous--love the techniques that you used. It sounds like you had lots of fun stamping this weekend. I love your designs that you created. Great job. Have a great week.

Virginia L. said...

Love how you played with the inks! The ornamments are so beautiful! And that donut looks so realistic and yummy!!I can almost taste the icing!!

Kathy Wade (krolski) said...

I love all three cards Barb! I love the way you "shaded" the ornaments! Cool idea. And I love the Christmas cup. Too cute!

Kathy said...

Wow you have been busy. These all are so beautiful and the doughnut is so realistic...i just want to eat it. Hugs,Kathy

Sue said...

Super Cards Barb, Your Ornaments look amazing using the second generation technique, I have never been too successful when I have tried it, I think it is more difficult than it sounds, I should practice some more, you have given me some ideas to work on.
Smiles:)

Simone said...

Oh Barb these are stunning! The ornaments are gorgeous - I have never really tried that technique but you have inspired me to give it a go now! Also LOVE the paper pieced cup and that donut looks soo yummy!

alexandra s.m. said...

Oh My! These are so delicate and refined!
Thanks Barb!!

Dawn said...

Barb superb cards. Love how you made the frame - it really makes the music look great - I'll be "lifting" that card for sure,... really like the look.

Nat said...

love these cards you are creating Barb!! gorgeous designs !! Hugs to you :)

Anne said...

Wonderful set of cards here Barb- love to see your creations trying out different techniques- they are wonderful!

Dottie said...

love these cards, very cute. I think my favorite is the donut and cup, so cute. Thanks for sharing.

Nancy said...

I love each and every one of these wonderful cards...I am a little partial to the donut though! Hope you are having a wonderful week,
bless you

ivy said...

i can taste that donut! :)

Deirdre said...

Barb, these are just amazing.... Love them.

Suzanne C said...

Gorgeous cards! Love the ornaments. BEAUTIFUL! The donut and coffee cups are too fun with the christmas decorations.

Tiffany said...

Love your playing with ink time! ;) beautiful colors on each individual ornament card!

Monika Reeck said...

hhm I can see so yuuummmy donut Barb may I have this donut card hehe...so lovely Barb