I'm just back from Vancouver, BC, and the fabulous time we had at OnStage Local there! As amazing as the OnStage Live Events are, there is something warm and intimate and just as exciting about the local events. It's nice that so many more of our team could attend because it was closer and we could drive. We had a couple of really nice dinners out - one at Cactus Club, one of my favourite restaurants ever since I discovered their Hunter Chicken! Yum! Our team organized a team swap and I wanted to share my card for that with you before I got my pajamas on and crawled into bed. It features one of my favourite stamp sets from the Annual Catalogue, Artistically Asian, and a couple of techniques used together - clear block watercolour technique and salt background technique. Check it out:
- This was not actually the best example of this card. I thought I had photographed them before I packaged them and left for Vancouver, but I guess I had forgotten that little job, so I only had one reject left when I got home, but you get the idea. The coloured clear block idea with this stamp set actually was inspired by LeeAnn Greff.
- I used Mint Macaron, Pear Pizzazz, Bermuda Bay and Emerald Envy Stampin' Write markers and coloured in 1/4 of an H clear mount block from lightest to darkest using the brush tip. I spritzed it heavily with water and flipped it over and stamped it flat on a piece of Shimmery White cardstock. When I removed the block the water tended to pool on the edge a bit.
- I sprinkled some Household Salt (which is a little coarser than Table Salt) on the stamped panel. It tends to draw the colour towards each grain of salt to give you some darker spots and some areas where the colour has been drawn away, which adds an amazing texture.
- I used the Heat Tool to dry the wet ink and paper quickly. Once completely dry, it's easy to brush away all the salt. Then you can use Basic Black Archival Ink (unless you are using photopolymer stamps, in which case you can use Memento Tuxedo Black Ink) to stamp the bamboo image and the Japanese characters.
- This panel is mounted on a piece of Sahara Sand, which is mounted on the card base which consists of Mint Macaron cardstock, a panel of Emerald Envy and a front panel of Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper.
- The sentiment is from the Artistically Asian stamp set as well and is die cut with a die from the Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits along with its matte.
I'm looking forward to being able to share more about the OnStage Event with you as soon as I get some of the photos emailed to me, and most importantly, being able to share what I learned about the new Occasions Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration promotion coming in January! You're going to love it!
In the meantime, don't forget about the new promotion with the Stitched Shapes Framelits now available for order and the coordination stamp sets at 25% off for all of November!
Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today.