AFTCM where we had to make a tag with at least some green and use a paper mosaic technique. I really like doing embedded paper shapes so I decided to use chevron punchies (SU) for the background of my tag. After punching a variety of green chevrons from scraps I created a cardstock layer using a variety of green strips and then glued the chevron punchies onto the background in an orderly fashion. To emphasize the chevron motif I embossed the background using a chevron embossing folder. Because it is a tight design it embedded my chevron punchies very nicely into the background. I punched the left hand side with my scallop border punch (SU) and cut a large black tag that it would fit on. I have been wanting to try out the egg shell mosaic technique so I dug out a heart from my die cut stash and covered it with glue and egg shells - a little bit at a time. I used white eggshells but am now thinking that brown eggs shells would give a very nice effect as well. I left my mosaic to dry overnight and coloured it using red alcohol ink. I thought it needed a bit more depth so I added red reinker and combined the two using alcohol on a cotton swab. Once that was dry I sprayed it with hair spray to seal it and give it a nice glossy finish. Once my heart embellishment was dry I started working on a layout. Decided to add a strip of sheet music below the heart - it needed to be sponged with a bit of antique linen Distress ink to soften its look and highlight its torn edges. I glued my heart on with double sided tape and moved on to my quote. I used a set of alphabet punches to create my quote and used a fine tipped glue bottle to adhere them to the tag. I added an ornate key charm next to the quote using a mini brad. I added some handmade washi tape to the top of the tag and tied on four lengths of 1/8" ribbon.
Very happy with how it turned out and I love the texture and depth in the egg shell mosaic heart so I will be using that technique again!!
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
For my first card, I coloured my sunflower image with coloured pencils and added a bit of a background while I was at it. I trimmed the edge using "Deckle" decorative scissors, layered it onto a yellow rectangle which I distressed with my scissors. I mounted this element to my embossed card front
My second card features black and white decorative paper which we found on the inside of a used envelope when we were shredding paper for papermaking. I coloured the image with colured pencils, added faux stitching to the edges with a fine tipped Sharpie marker and layered it over my decorative paper which is layered onto black and adhered to a white card front. This image is from Beccy's. I left some place on the bottom in case I decided to add a greeting over and above the quote provided with the image.
We had such a great time and did a wide variety of activities - went for walks, did some baking and cooking, made a few cards and lots of small sheets of handmade paper, played with Lego and Jenga blocks. She is a wonderful little girl and I am fortunate to now live close enough to have her visit. We will be doing it again!!