Friday, 6 April 2012

Creative Chemistry 101 - afterwards...

So what have I been doing (craft-wise) since my last post?  I've been busy playing & experimenting some more, & doing a few cards for Easter etc
I tried the nostalgic batik technique again...

My first attempt (above) didn't work too well - the card I used was very porous, & the heat embossing of the elephant & the trim didn't work too well!  At first, I thought it was my embossing powder (I noticed after I'd bought it that it said it was for pigment ink) but, as a 'creative chemistry graduate' (!!!) I experimented with different inks & cardstock... It was definitely the card!! And then I got too much water on the card (by the elephant's head) and the card started to disintegrate!  So this ended up just a practice piece, and I took note not to use this card again for this or similar techniques!!! I liked the colours though, and the design!

I tried again with the elephant, stamping & heat embossing onto a small 2 1/4" square canvas...  After I'd inked it up, I used beeswax to seal it - it rather 'lost' the embossing! & I need to perfect adding a top coat of beeswax! but it did work!

So third time lucky!  - I did this card for a friend who likes butterflies ...

Tim's nostalgic batik technique as before - butterflies in vintage photo and trim in dusty concord - both clear embossed.  Then I distressed the background with broken china, dusty concord & vintage photo,  and stamped the 'weeds' over with black soot.  To finish, I used spritz & flick technique.

& now onto Easter... first a very simple card

I just inked the embossing folder with mustard seed distress for the chick, and for the background, I just embossed the card, & then coloured it with distress inks in shabby shutters, broken china & mustard seed.

For the next cards, I cut egg shapes out of card, then used the stamping with reflections technique with the springtime background texture fades and finally sprayed with heirloom gold perfect mist.  I added a die-cut felt bunny on top of some lace & a little bit of 'grass' texture fade (inspired by Tim's Easter tag), but roughly cut the edge to shape (I haven't got any kraft core at the moment).

And finally another Easter card - I wanted a pastel, 'shabby chic' feel to this one.  I used similar techniques to the ones above, but I stamped the texture fade with aquamarine archival using the script stamp from one of Tim's Christmas sets - of course the script is reversed, but because so much is embossed I think it just gives almost a texture to the background...  Again I sprayed it with heirloom gold perfect mist.   I used some printed tissue paper for the 'lace' and die-cut the flowers out of alcohol-inked paper. I used the  bunny from Tim's March tag... and used scraps of the alcohol-inked paper (and one of the tiny flowers) for the bunny's mosaic, and embossed with tattered rose distress embossing powder (the powder seemed to want to stick onto the paper, so I carefully brushed the paper with a small brush!). And I heat embossed the bunny's bow with gold embossing powder to match the flower brads.

So my next two projects must be Tim's Easter & April tags, which I haven't done yet!

Wishing everyone a Happy Easter!!  Back soon!  Kay


  1. wow, some stunning projects here. hugs

  2. I really love the butterfly card and that you showed the trial and error before hand. Well done!

  3. I completely fell in love with the elephant background. This is timeless & treasures of art. Thank you so much for your submission to the CC101FBGroup Challenge.