One question I received last week is one that I've already answered a few emails on in the past...but it was asked again, so I'm thinking maybe it's time to answer it here on the blog. The question is about how I do the edge treatments on the patterned papers - most specifically the white edges. I almost always ink around the outer edges of the patterned papers I use...no matter what other treatments I plan to apply...usually with VersaMagic Gingerbread or VersaColor Cocoa, which are both rich, golden-brown colors.
For white edges, I use a dry-brush technique with white acrylic craft paint...put a little bit of paint on a small flat-edge brush, wipe a bit off on your mat, then LIGHTLY apply the paint to the edges, letting the uneven bristle marks show. I like to use the brown ink even underneath the white acrylic paint dry-brushed around the edges, because the light brown makes the white stand out even more.
Today's card is a good example of how I use all three techniques that I favor...inking, dry brushing, and distressing with an edge distresser. I still use an old Making Memories edge distresser that came in a goodie bag at a CKU back in 2005, but when it disappeared for a while, I purchased a Tonic edge distresser, and now that the missing tool is found and back in the supply drawer, I just use whichever of the two jumps into my hand first...LOL.
It's been a while since my time to create has jived with current challenges...I had some time last evening, and decided it was high time I worked on a current sketch, so I chose this week's Mojo Monday inspiration and got to work.
When I send "get well" cards, I like them to be bright, colorful, and filled with flowers. I've been on a bit of a "pink" streak lately (and you'll see some of the results of this "streak" throughout the next couple of weeks), so this time I decidedly went after a different color combo...blue and orange...(well, there's a tiny bit of hot pink thrown in for good measure...wink). So this card happened...
based on this inspiration sketch...
There's a cluster of colorful mini roses and leaves on top of a large, shabby white fabric rose, with loose pearls scattered here and there, a bright orange Hug Snug bow off to the side, and a "jeweled up" and painted memo pin to hold the little sentiment tag...
Beneath the shabby rose cluster is a piece of cheesecloth, and a piece of cardstock flourish pointing up to a small corner cluster of pearls...off to the side is a snippet of scalloped crocheted lace and the paper doily peeking out...
Patterned papers: Kaisercraft Miss Nelly collection (blue dot); Crate Paper On Trend collection (yellow);
Prima Zephyr collection (floral)
Dies: My Favorite Things Royal Leaves; Memory Box Elegant Scrollwork Doily: Wilton
White shabby rose: Frogfeathers on Etsy Paper roses: Wild Orchid Crafts Pearls: Recollections
Scalloped Lace: TheFunkieJunkie.com Hug Snug seam binding Tim Holtz memo pin Cheesecloth
I hope your week is going well so far...thank you so much for dropping by for a visit!