"The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever." Isaiah 40:8

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Not a card...work in progress

I'm mainly just a card maker and haven't really delved into the world of scrapbooking or mixed media...but I read about this technique the other day and was just dying to give it a try (just because it sounded like fun) :-)

The technique is called "Transfer Medium" or the "transfer technique" - now I know a lot of you out there are probably thinking...gee, is that all...but like I said...this stuff is new to me (and maybe some of you) ... and I wanted to share my working piece of art with you anyway :-)

I started with a 12" x 12" Mont Marte canvas panel and covered it in X-Press It Triple Tac Glue (the instructions for this technique are actually on the side of the glue label). I then took a pattered piece of paper from the Kaisercraft "Timeless Classics" collection and glued it right side down onto the canvas. I know...scary! This was a big step for me and WAY away from my usual techniques that I use for my cardmaking.

Then you have to wait for it to dry for 24 hours. After its dry you put water (I used a spray bottle) on the paper and use your finger to gently rub off the white (what was the underneath of the paper - but its now the top) part of the paper until you reveal the reverse image of the original pattern that you glued down. You end up something like this:

The above image has had a few more steps added in... and you can see that I got a bit carried away in places and accidentally rubbed off the patterned paper too - revealing the canvas below it. It was my first try so I thought I did pretty well.

After I rubbed off all the white section I let it dry and then applied Distress Ink "Old Paper" over the whole lot. I did this because I found that there was still a slight "whitish" look to the patterned paper (even though I had rubbed off as much of the paper as I could). Once I put the distress ink over the top it looked much better. I then went around the edge and applied Distress Ink "Walnut Stain".

So now I've decided that I will make a piece of "wall art". So I decided to try adding some Tim Holtz tissue paper and tissue tape (both also relatively new to me). I used Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi-medium matte to glue the tissue paper down and also used it to help with parts of the tissue tape where the sticky wasn't working quite like I wanted it to.

I used Tim Holtz idea-ology Tissue wrap - Composer

Also used Tim Holtz idea-ology Tissue tape - Sketchbook

As you can see I was adding the paper and tape to "hide" my extra vigorous rubbing mistakes... and to tidy up the edge of the canvas as the paper was the same size as the canvas and didn't wrap around the edges very neatly.

I also added a tiny bit of colour to some of the butterflies with Distress Ink "Squeezed Lemonade" and "Salty Ocean".

This is as far as I have got so far...I must say I really enjoyed delving out into the "unknown". I had fun and looking forward to having more fun with some chipboard - something else I haven't used a lot of to date. Will post more as I find time to work on it :-)

Copic Journal - more colour combinations

I've been slowly working on my copic journal over the last few months (not really getting anywhere fast but plodding along slowly). Thought I'd share some more copic colour combinations that I've been adding to my journal.

Elizabeth Whisson, Copic Journal, Copic, Flourishes, Bloomin Aussie Florals, colour combinations
You can see one of my daughters decided to help me out on this page :-)

Elizabeth Whisson, Copic Journal, Copic, Flourishes, Bloomin Aussie Florals, colour combinations
Flower stamp is from Flourishes "Bloomin Aussie Florals"

Elizabeth Whisson, Copic Journal, Copic, Our Daily Bread Designs, Butterfly, colour combinations
Butterfly stamp is from Our Daily Bread Designs "Butterfly"

Elizabeth Whisson, Copic Journal, Copic, Our Daily Bread Designs, Butterfly, colour combinations

Elizabeth Whisson, Copic Journal, Copic, Our Daily Bread Designs, Butterfly, colour combinations

This last photo is a bit blurry sorry (was taking them in a hurry) but it's just to show you some techniques that I've been working on in my journal too. This one is about shading with undertones - it really does make a difference! The image comes free on the CD you get with Copic Colouring Guide Level 4:Fine Detail by Colleen Schaan and Marianne Walker. I've only just started looking at the book and am learning so much! I won't share the actual colours I used (as I used the same ones as they suggest in the book and I don't want to breach any copyright) - so you'll just have to buy the book :-)

See more of my copic colour combinations and techniques:
Colour combinations
Skin Colours
Colourless Blender Techniques
Hair Colours 

I have also started a Copic page - you can view it here.

Monday, 7 October 2013

Our Daily Bread Designs

Over at the Our Daily Bread Designs blog they are celebrating World Card Making Day. And as a thank you for playing along with them they will send you a 20% off coupon code that can be used in the ODBD store until 31 October 2013. You can enter here.

I have purchased a few stamps and dies from their store over the last year and am really glad that I found their website - love that I can stamp bible verses onto my cards - so much neater than my handwriting!

This is my card that I made:

and this is the inside:

Materials used:
Copics: 0, B00, B02, Y11, YG21, YG25, YR04, V95, R00, R11, R22, E31, E33, E34, E27 and E 97.
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs "Sing to the Lord" (bird with flowers and Psalm 98:1) and "All occasion sentiments" (sentiment on inside).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Ink Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire and Old Paper
Cardstock: Kaisercraft Vintage Timeless, Meg's Garden - The Romantic Garden, Memorable Occasions - black card base
Dies: Spellbinders nestabilities "Lacy Ovals" and "Gold Labels Four"
Other: Pebbles pearlescent chalks, vanilla shimmer spray, lace from my staff, Liquid Pearls "Petal Pink", AtYou Spica "clear" and Kaisercraft paperblooms - coconut (coloured with copics).
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