Monday, September 14, 2009
ALL CDSTAMPS USED: Tea-rrific
CS and PAPERS: Blush Blossom, Peach, watercolor paper
INK: Encore Gold pigment ink
MARKERS (if any):Dye based markers for watercoloring
EMBELLISHMENTS and TOOLS: aquabrush, oval punches, Nestabilities Scalloped Ovals Large, ribbon, pearls, button, dp
SPECIAL TECHNIQUES (if any):watercolor using dye based markers
I did get to finish another card! It's one I'd had in my mind for over a week but needed to find the right paper for it. When we were at my mother-in-law's for Labor Day she gave me a lot of her sewing accents that she was no longer using. She loves the color peach and had the lacy ribbon and the ribbon with the little edging in her "stash." I also found the pearls on strings there. The button was on my craft table waiting to be used. I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to do with the stamps and these embellishments, but needed to find the right paper.
Did you know peach is not a popular color? I actually had some peach cardstock, even in different shades, but had to find the ones that matched the dp, once I found the dp! I had ONE paper in my entire stock of background papers that was a peachy tone, but it was actually more coral than peach. I looked at Hobby Lobby and found NO peach paper at all. I finally found ONE single solitary peach paper at Jo Ann's. I think it is a lovely pattern! It has the entire alphabet, but I cut it out with the Q and V sections. Why? Because this tea service looks like something elegant that would be used by the Queen in Victorian times. Queen Victoria herself might have been served with such pieces! At least in my mind, she was!
I embossed the images with gold, as a tea service might have rims and outlines of gold. I used dye based markers to watercolor the images. I masked different pieces so it would look as if they were actually on a platter or table waiting to be used. The sugar cubes were an afterthought, so I stamped those separately, then masked to add a plate beneath them. I cut them out and attached them in front of the pitcher and cups.
I took this picture with no flash (I had to hold it very still to avoid blurring it). I like the way the colors look just like they do in real life. I typically cannot take pictures that show the colors accurately, so I was excited. It isn't quite as clear as a flash picture, but more natural. I need to figure out how to get both clear and natural. I also need to figure out how to make a soft edge around pictures.
Thanks for stopping by for a cup of tea!