Wednesday, 11 May 2016

MCV44 - Merry Christmas


One of the perks of 'owning' Muse: ChristmasVisions is that I get to see the inspiration cards a little early. This week's inspiration from Chriss got me excited and I took advantage of my headstart!



I focused on Chriss':
-white embossing
-tree theme
-blended colours

I used:
-Hero Arts Family and Friends
-Kuretake Gansai Tambi
-Sparkle Shimmer Spritz (so pretty in real life)

Instead of using distress inks, I was inspired to get out my watercolours and practice a technique that I'm really liking.

The technique is layered watercolours. I stumbled on this technique myself but have had positive reinforcement (and legitimization) from Debby Hughes and Dawn Woleslagle.

I wet the paper and dabbed a rainbow of colour around it. Then I dried it with my heat gun. You get hard edges and almost a marbling effect by doing this. Then I painted it all again, shifting the 'borders' of colour a bit, to get even more blending, and also brighter tints of colour. I supposed you could keep going, but I was pretty happy with this. Also, I noticed that parts of my sentiment were retaining the green - not sure if that was because I kept reheating the embossing powder? Any tips from you pros out there?

16 comments:

Chriss Blagrave said...

What a gorgeous and bright card! This sure did bring a big smile to my face 😊 I just love every single rainbow card you create!

Maxine D said...

What a gorgeous vibrant card Ardyth - thanks for the links for the 'how too'
Blessings
Maxine

Suchi said...

LOVEEEE this card!! <3

Paul Browning said...

Brilliant card. I'm always impressed when you create cards which incorporate a rainbow of colour. In all the time i've followed your blog, you keep coming up with numerous new and creative ways to do it. And in a CAS style too. Your designs are such an inspiration. Looking forward to the next one and the next one haha. P x

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

Love the rainbow colours!

Petra Swart said...

Love that beautiful watercoloured bg in the lovely rainbow colours, Ardyth!!!
Have a great day!!!

Pam Sparks said...

So festive and beautiful Ardyth! If you heat your embossing powder to long or to much, it will melt into the paper and take on the properties of the paper. I find the detail powders more sensitive to over heating. grrr

Shelly said...

This is gorgeous!

Lisa said...

The white tree looks beautiful on your amazing background!!

Jenni's Jems said...

Love the marble effect with this technique on your background ....something else for me to try !x

Jenni's Jems said...

Love the marble effect with this technique on your background ....something else for me to try !x

Anita in France said...

Love, love, love, Ardyth ... simply gorgeous watercolour layering! Hugs & bisous, Anita :)

Nonni said...

What a cool bg! I'v never made a bg this way, I want to try! Thanks for the inspiration!

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Ha - I almost wanted to go that way - glad I did not, since you were the first on to link up! Swooning over that colorful background - just gorgeous! I just love color!

TK said...

Beautiful! Love the whole embossed/resist technique here with those bright colors!

Lindsey said...

Glad I came to visit, because I have to try that background! I could try it with that very same tree and sentiment, as a matter of fact. ;) Not an expert, but I'm guessing you're right, and the embossing powder melted enough to pick up some of the colour. What a great card!