Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Get Well wishes

Good evening everyone!

I must admit that I had a ton of fun making this card!  I ended up getting inky and making a mess but sometimes that's the most fun!  I have been finding myself in need of Get Well cards lately and Craftin Desert Divas has released several Get Well digital stamps recently.  I had a hard time deciding which one to use!!

I printed Get Well Cat onto Bristol paper.  I find this is the best type of paper to used if I want to color my images with the Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  They just seem to glide and blend together like butter!!  I selected an assortment of Zig markers and went to town.  I always seem to get the best blending when I use a dark, a light and blend the rest of the way out with my waterbrush. Sometimes I go back in and add a little more shadows and highlights but it doesn't take a lot of work. When I first got them I wasn't sure I really liked them.  I have just kept practicing until I felt fairly comfortable with how they work.  So don't get discouraged if you are just starting out!

After it was all dry, I used my handy Scan & Cut 2 to cut out the image.  I'm not sure how I ever lived without it!  I couldn't decided on a background so I got out watercolor paper and distress inks that coordinated with the Zig markers I had used.  I've been playing around with the Smooshing technique using a small piece of acetate to dab the watered down distress inks onto the paper.  I tend to use my heat gun to mostly dry it between colors.  Nobody wants icky brown mud!  Unless you need a mud background!  I dabbed and dried, dabbed and dried until I liked what I had.  Since my background is already pretty busy, I didn't plan to use sequins but I wanted some sparkle!  So I grabbed my mini spray bottle that has a mix of water and pearl ex.  I sprayed the paper generously and let it dry.  I don't think I caught the true amount of sparkle in my picture but I promise you it's gorgeous!

After that was all dry, I cut it out using the largest die from Fancy frames.  Hand cut a charcoal layer to go behind it and used Wink of Stella on it to make it just as sparkly!  Then I adhered it to the white card base.  I used foam tape on the cat so she would stand out from the background.  Then I was left with the sentiment dilemma.  Does anyone else have this problem when using a large image??  I found "Get Well Wishes" in the Simply Said set and it fit perfectly on one of the smaller dies in the Fancy Frames set.  Then I stamped "Sending" from the same set onto thick vellum and heat embossed in black.  I very carefully trimmed it out with scissors and mounted it with the clear Kooltak foam tape.  Ta da!  A happy Get Well Card I'm fairly certain would bring a smile to someones face!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

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