Monday, October 8, 2012

First Time Fantastic

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!!!

My friend, Erica has once again been busy crafting away and has allowed me to share her creation with you.
This time she decided to do some firsts - using a clear card, rock & roll technique, and the sponge dauber inking technique.She also used a couple of  simple but effective distressing techniques - tearing and sponging. These are each simple techniques, yet by combining them she has created an entire scene - Great Job Erica!

The inside of her card shows how tearing creates a dramatic definition between layers of paper. It truly gives the impression of a rolling landscape with a warm summer sun beaming down. Sponging the edges creates a lighter section on the center drawing the eyes to it. She truly made this look like sky.

Erica used the Rock & Roll technique on her stamp. By inking up with Autumn Goldrush first then "rolling around" the outer edge of the stamp in Sorbet she achieved a subtle color change. Notice how the sun looks brighter in the center. You can see the first stamp in straight Autumn Goldrush peeking out from underneath which gives the element a 3D appearance.

In looking at this, I imagined a myself laying in the grass next to a field of orange flowers under a hot summer sun, glass of cold ice tea in one hand and a good book in the other.

Clear cards can be difficult to work with the first few times. You are creating one image out of two layers. Erica managed to create 2 separate yet equally wonderful themes to her card. All this on her first attempt!

The front of her card has some wonderful features.She combines ribbon with buttons to create a wonderful banner that ends with the pinwheel sun from the bottom layer.

She hid the inner features by using a straight line on her B&T paper set a bit higher than the one underneath. 

The sentiment is where Erica put her creativity to work! She watched the CTMH Sponge Dauber video, liked the technique, but didn't have the daubers. She used the tape off technique to create the same effect. The combination of Smokey Plum, Pear and Goldrush look stunning together - way to go Erica!

As you can see by the closed card, it has a completely different feel to it than the open view. 

What a wonderful "Firsts"creation!!

Erica, you now have a gift certificate for a free set of daubers with your next order!!

Who's next for a gift certificate? Watch the CTMH Sponge Dauber Video, create a project using the technique and email me your creation. That's it - your gift certificate is yours!

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