Sunday, May 3, 2009
I'm grateful that Ying, one of our darling Divas, came up with this challenge! This week, get out the old heat gun and emboss away! Remember that if you join in, and link a photo of your project on the High Hopes Blog, your name gets entered in a draw to win two free High Hopes Stamps!!
I stamped Fanciful Flower and Fanciful Flower Corner in Versamark clear, sprinkled on gold embossing powder, shook off the excess and heat set.
The other bg paper is one I made with alcohol inks dripped onto white glossy. I used some Spellbinders dies with my CB as well. I left the main image panel in the square die to before I sponged on Vintage Photo Distress ink to get a crisp white edge.
I stamped the bee twice so I'd have another set of wings to use. After embossing the wings with Psychedelic Embossing powder, I cut them out and popped them up at the outside edges, and taped them down flat closer to her body.
In this close-up picture, notice the highlights on her bow and shoes. I'd like to explain the two techniques I used for both, which differ from the one I did in my tutorial from Monday April 27 2009.
For the bow: I left a white path where I thought the light would be hitting it. Since satin bows tend to reflect a lot of light, I wanted this highlight to be stark and very bright. I waited until the ink was very dry, about ten minutes (though you probably only need five). With my colorless blender, I carefully drew it along the edges of the red closest to the white path I had left, without going all the way across and dragging red ink into the white. Since it was such a tiny white area, some of the red did bleed into it, but that's ok, it makes for a more natural looking highlight anyway.
On the shoes, I colored them in red, leaving no white areas. I waited for the ink to be dry, about ten minutes, and using my colorless blender, drew it along where I wanted my highlights to be. It took several strokes with the brush tip til I was happy with it, about five or six times. By doing it this way, the highlight will not be pure white, because some of the original layer of color will remain. It makes for a more subtle highlight. I still wish to to a tutorial with photos to make the s'plain'in much easier to comprehend!
I hand wrote a little play on words for my greeting inside, as well as using some older saying stamps from the High Hopes catty!
And here are the colors I used. Wow, not my usual two thousand and twenty two shades! LOL
Thanks for coming by for a visit today! Wish we could sit awhile and chat with a cuppa jo. Sure would be nice, eh?
Hugs to all!
God bless you!