I have been hankering to try a few new/old techniques lately. This one, a VersaMark Resist, I found in an old stamping techniques book I've had around forever.
Using Glossy Cardstock, it's lots of fun to do. It does take patience and elbow grease though.
The first step is to stamp an image a few times on -- in this case a piece of Glossy Cardstock that measures 3 3/4" x 5" -- your paper in VersaMark ink. After you have your image strategically stamped, go to the Heat Station, and hit the stamping with the Heat Tool for about 15 seconds to make sure it's completely dry. Be sure to keep the heat moving so the glossy paper doesn't scorch.
I forgot to mention that I used the fern image from the Positive Thoughts stamp set in the Annual Catalog. Isn't it lovely?
Next comes the elbow grease. I used one of Stampin' Up!'s new Blender Brushes for my card, and it worked wonderfully. Use whatever is your favorite method for sponging.
I used Mossy Meadow ink for this part. Start sponging on the ink and continue to do so until you reach the desired darkness, so the stamped images pop off the paper and seem to magically appear. I darkened my ink in a few places because I always enjoy the variation of dark and light.
The next step is to take the same stamp and ink it up with a darker ink. I used Shaded Spruce. In some of the blank spots, fill in with the image, but this time in the darker ink.
At this point, I really loved it, so I didn't want to cover up just too much of it with a sentiment.
Thus, <found Fred> I opted to do my sentiment on vellum.
I chose this beautiful sentiment from the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set from the Annual Catalog. I wanted it to be embossed, but in a color that echoes the rest of the card. To do that, I first inked up the stamp with VersaMark ink, then followed it with a quick inking up of Shaded Spruce ink.
After heating it up, I had a sentiment that was embossed, but also matched the color used elsewhere on the card.
To add the sentiment to the card, I carefully creased the vellum at the edges and wrapped the excess around to the back of the panel. Since I didn't want it to bow out from the front of the card, I added one mini glue dot under the "b" in celebrate to hold it in place.
The VersaMark Resist fern showed up not a pure white, so I opted to mount the inked piece to a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Very Vanilla, then onto a Shaded Spruce card base.
I have to admit here that it was difficult to finish this post. After I typed the word "Thus" a few paragraphs back, I got up to use the bathroom.
You see, my cat, Fred, had been having labored breathing issues, and my husband and I were going to take him to the Emergency Vet when Pat got home from work. Just as I typed that word, he came in the house, and I got up to get ready to go.
Well, Fred saved us the trip. He was lying on the floor outside my bathroom, already gone. I am so so sad. He was my "best Fred" for 14 1/2 years. I will miss him always.
This was just taken eight days ago.
Rest In Peace, my Fred.
Sending sympathy for your loss.ReplyDelete
I am so sorry for your loss.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Rebecca.Delete
This is one of my favorite techniques! I used it a lot for sympathy cards.ReplyDelete
Cool! So it isn't new to you. It would be lovely for sympathy cards.Delete
I'm so sorry for your loss. Fred was beautiful! As a 'mother' of 4 cats I feel your pain. Take care of yourself.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Cheryl, for your kind words. Enjoy your four precious fur babies! (No more ever for me.)Delete
Oh no I am so sorry! Good thoughts coming your way. And thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo KathleenReplyDelete
Thank you, Kathleen.Delete
Gorgeous as always Linda.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Anita!Delete
This is such a pretty card! I love the fern design. Thanks so much for sharing this at our Party in Your PJs link party.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Nina! Yes, I am drawn to fern designs of all sorts, whether in real life or in art.Delete
Your card is beautiful as always. When I used to make cards I always struggled with what to make next. Your cards are so much better than mine ever were. I am also so very sorry for your loss. Our pets are truly our constant companions and bring us such joy. Hugs. #HomeMattersPartyReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Donna, for your kind words.Delete
Linda, I am always drawn to organics like the fern print on your card. The card is perfect for St. Paddy's day.ReplyDelete
Thanks for adding your pretty crafts the the Friday with Friends link party :)
I am SO heartbroken to hear that Fred is gone and particularly of the devastating way in which you lost him. I experienced something similar with my beloved Legend and I am praying for your healing in re: to the shock and trauma of finding him and the timing in addition to the pain and the grieving.
I am also featuring your beautiful card at INspire Me Monday this week. Somehow CONGRATS seems hollow in light of your loss but you know what I mean.
Sending lots of love and hugs your way. xoxoxo
Thank you so much! You touch me deeply with your caring. Hugs to you!Delete
That is a really beautiful card. Thank you for reminding me of this techniqe - I used to do that, and now I really want to again! I'm so sorry about your Fred. Hugs to you. I know that eventually the sweet memories will be felt more than the grief, but I know it's really hard right now.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Pam, so much for your sweet words.Delete
We came over from the "Create With Joy " blog to send you purrayers and Power of the Paw as you mourn Fred. He certainly knew and gave love.ReplyDelete
Aw, thank you so so much! I miss him more than I can say.Delete
I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet Fred.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much.Delete
Linda, I am so sorry for your loss. I am a cat mom too who lost two of her kitties last year, so I feel your pain. Your card is lovely.ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing with us at Meraki Link Party.
Thank you so much, Naush, for your kind words.Delete
I am so very sorry for your loss. It is never easy to loose a fur friend. I hope you find peace in all the wonderful memories of the last 14 yrs. HugsReplyDelete
Thank you, Cindy, for your very kind words.Delete