Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sponges and Brayers and Stamps...Oh My!

I decided to get my neglected brayer out of a drawer for this next card to attempt a spooky Halloween sky. I've been fortunate enough to have taken classes from Michelle Zindorf, so I know her technique, just haven't quite perfected it yet. This card is inspired by her card Is It Autumn Yet?.

To attempt to mimic such a work of art, I used Anna Wight's new cling mount set, The Witch Is In, from Whipper Snapper Designs. I stamped the jack-o-lantern image with Marvy dye black ink onto Neenah Solar White cardstock and colored the image with Copic markers. I then proceeded to cover the image with a Versamarker and added clear embossing powder and heated with a heat gun. This created protection for the brayering and sponging that was about to begin.

I then placed a Post-It Note circle cut from a circle punch to cover and protect the area where I wanted my moon to be. I began brayering Adirondack Sunshine Yellow dye ink, Adirondack Sunset Orange dye ink, and Adirondack Rust dye ink onto the cardstock. I then sponged some Vivid Purple dye ink around the edges of the sky.

I removed the Post-It note circle and then used the negative of my punch to sponge in SeaShells Conch Shell dye ink and Adirondack Sunshine Yellow dye ink to make the moon.

For the ground, I tore a post it note to mask the horizon and proceeded to brayer and sponge Distress Ink Peeled Paint dye ink, Adirondack Lettuce dye ink, Colorbox Olive Pastel dye ink, and Marvy Brown dye ink, thus making the ground. I then used my Cricut to cut a tree image.

Using the negative of that cut, I added the two trees to the scene by sponging Marvy Brown dye ink.

Finally, I was ready for the witch! I stamped her using Versafine Onxy Black ink (hands-down best ink for detail stamping). I added panels of black cardstock and Lasting Impressions patterned paper to layer the card. A corner punch, some ribbon and some black rhinestones put the finishing touches on this card.

The brayer is now put away again. Hopefully will be back to my work table soon. The more I use it, the more I love its effects.

Have a Happy Halloween!!! Thanks for visiting my blog.


Jenny Gropp said...

Kecia --- great card. Your brayer action is spot on!

Cheryl said...

Adorable card Kecia!!!! It's like a little story on a card!


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