Hello Everyone. Julia here with our final Sponsor Spotlight for July featuring Nicecrane Designs.
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I won't pretend I found this Sponsor Spotlight a breeze in the park! I do occasionally use digital images but these are usually photos which I then digitally manipulate. Mostly, I prefer to stamp images.
I decided to choose two images from the 'Vintage Bathing Belles' collection. I've made two ATC's using these images. I wanted to make them look like a set so I've used the same stamps, acrylic colours, mediums, embellishments and embossed card on both. There are differences and these will become apparent as you go through the images. Hope you like them!
|A very sunny day for taking photos! Doesn't do justice to my rusty fish but the colours on everything else benefit from that sunshine.|
|Two ATC's were die cut from mount board and three coats of gesso applied to seal the surface.|
|Two pieces of mount board were cut and embossed with a Tim Holtz small strip folder. DecoArt Gesso was applied as before followed by random application of the DecoArt Media acrylic paints shown.|
|The ATC on the left was stamped with water bubble image using archival ink. The ATC on the right was stamped with the same image using versamark ink. Three shades of mica powders were then applied gently. Both were left to set and fully dry.|
|Each chosen image was printed out onto 300gsm card. This image was finished with two coats of DecoArt ultra matte varnish on the entire surface.|
|Each ATC was finished with a rusted fish embellishment. One fish is attached to a rusty wire line and the other to some colour matched 'line' (yarn in other words!).|
|I like the effect of the mica powders under the DecoArt ultra matte varnish. It gives a less harsh pearlised effect which I prefer. You can see this in the following image too:|
That's me done! I did enjoy using the images and perhaps I shouldn't shy away from incorporating them in my work again. I hope you will try out some of these techniques if they are new to you.
There's still just enough time to join in the fun with our Handmade Flowers and Hand Dyed Ribbons challenge. You could win the wonderful prize from our sponsor; be one of the chosen top three or even be our winner and come back to showcase your work with us.