Saturday, June 18, 2016

A Textured Seahorse

Aloha everyone,

Has it been a good week for you? I hope so because a new one is about to begin! Apologizing in advance for the long description of various techniques and products used below. You might want to get a cuppa!

Splitcoast Stampers is having a weekend VSN (virtual stamping night) which started last night. So far I have completed 1, uno, ein, ichi card. I'm behind before it starts! But have no fear - they allow a few extra days to complete and enter all of our submissions. It's a fantastic way to create cards and brush up on new ideas, infusing your mojo with renewed energy. I used several techniques on this card which I will explain below --
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Do you know the name of the manufacturer of the below seahorse? I bought it years ago on EBay, unmounted, red rubber. It did not have a name, so if any of you recognize it, could you let me know who made it? Thank you!

The challenge is about using water so I tried two different techniques. The Seahorse was heat embossed with Liquid Platinum embossing powder. Cover with your favorite distress inks and carefully wipe the seahorse or image with a little wet wipe to remove the inks from the image. Drop water onto the image and after a few seconds, blot up with a dry cloth or tissue. This creates some bubble-like background for your underwater image.

Direct to paper your VersaMark pad to cover the entire image with ink, sprinkle with UTEE (ultra thick embossing powder) and heat until clear. Do this three times for a glossy, thick finish. Allow to cool. You can leave it that way or you can bend it all over into the "Cracked Glass" technique which is what I did. I covered the top with a layer of Mod Podge to increase the gloss and seal the cracks.

For the textured background panel, I used Gansai Watercolors in teals, blues and yellows to match up with the underwater scene. While wet, sprinkle large grain Sea Salt all over. Spray all over with Perfect Pearl water. Allow to dry or use a heat tool like I did (no patience here). Use metallic color pastes and dab all over the textured panel. In real life you can see lots and lots of texture, shine and metals on this panel.

The black layering panel was run through with a Sizzix "Rope" embossing folder, then covered with the same aqua and green metallic paint as the textured panel. It gives the rope black panel a metallic sheen that isn't picked up in the picture.

Stamp bubbles all over the card base and heat emboss with clear or Holographic Embossing Powder like this one. Cut out piece of burlap for yet more texture and interest and assemble your pieces. Finally, add three clear bubble embellies for adding to the underwater scene.

Stamps: Seahorse (unknown, let me know if you recognize it, red rubber); Deep Red Rubber "Bubble" background
Cardstock: GKD Turquoise Sea & AC Black
Distress Inks: Peeled Paint, Chipped Sapphire, Peacock Feathers, Scattered Straw
Gansai Tambi Watercolors in teals and yellows
Versamark; UTEE; Ranger Liquid Platinum & Holographic Embossing Powder
Large Grain Sea Salt; Perfect Pearl spray (mine is homemade)
3D Stemple Farbe (metallic paints) "Light Blue" and "Lime Green"
Burlap, crystal bubbles (Pretty Pink Posh), adhesive foam squares, Scor Tape, Dries Clear, corner rounder

Thank you for your patience with this card's details -- 
I used quite a few products and a couple different techniques.

Thank you for coming by!
Consider yourself bear hugged ♥ Aloha