Monday, February 2, 2015

Reflection Technique with Moon Lake

Well, I had originally planned to post an entirely different design today, but as I worked on it yesterday afternoon, the whole thing went south and I had the choice of reworking it and missing Downton Abbey or watching Downton Abbey and posting a different card.  You can see what my decision was.

Are any of you fans of this series?  I love the characters and the excellent writing. I know I could have used my PVR, but I was trying to watch two episodes, since I missed one last week and forgot to record it. And after watching it, I just have to say, "Leave the poor Mr. and Mrs. Bates alone, and Edith as well.  Haven't they suffered enough?"  Do you agree with me?

I will rework that card today and show you tomorrow!

  • My technique classes this week are exploring the use of acetate or Window Sheets. In this case, we will be using acetate to create reflections and the Moon Lake stamp set is perfect for this application. The problem with trying to use the same stamp, only upside down to create the reflection is that it would not be a mirror image. To achieve the mirror image, you only need to stamp the same design on the acetate, then use the acetate to invert the image and "stamp" it on the paper under the original. It is very easy to do, because you can see exactly where you are placing the image, and the ink stays wet much longer on the acetate, giving you time to accomplish the task.
  • I used sponge daubers to add the colour to the panel. I used Lost Lagoon for both water and sky, just varying the intensity of the colour. It is very important to have a perfectly horizontal horizon line, which can be easily achieved by using Post It Notes to create that line when you sponge.  
  • When sponging the sky with a softer application of Lost Lagoon, I also punched a 1" circle from the same Post It Notes and used it to mask the sun, after which I added a very light amount of So Saffron.

  • I sponged some Old Olive around the bulrushes and in other areas of the water to add dimensions but left areas of Whisper White showing through for the same reason. Using the white gel pen to add ripples completes the look of the water.
  • To colour some of the images, I used a Blender Pen and Soft Suede and Old Olive ink.
  • The background is the Hardwood stamp in Soft Suede on Crumb Cake cardstock and the addition of some of the White Jute ribbon from the Occasions catalogue.

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