I wanted to use "A Little Bit of Washi" for today's cards. The first one, not so bad. The second, not so good. A technique I've really wanted to try is embossing on black- I've seen some stunning projects done that way. It went splendidly until I got to the last 2 "tape" lines. Yeah. Murphy. Turns out that my red EP is too dark to use on black. Purple wasn't spectacular either so I played with it. While I didn't finish a card from the piece, I did grab a picture of it so you can see where I was going with it.
Great idea. Not so great execution. So. The first card. I was going to do this as a one-layer card but it turned out that I must have had red ink on my fingers because once I was finished with the original, I saw a smudge. And then a fingerprint. And then a smudgy fingerprint. MMURRPPHHHYYYYYY! So. I did another fussy cut project. Of course, it was somewhat blah on a plain background so I added some yellow stitching. Didn't stand out. Red stitching with the yellow. Too bold- overwhelmed the yellow. Let's add green. While we're at it, what the heck, do 'em all.
Next! There were actually a few sets I wanted to try so this gave me the chance to pull in another. "Ornamental Season" is one I got but hadn't used because I really wanted to spend a bit of time making it pop and when mass producing my Christmas cards, that's not real time-effective. I stamped the image with Staz-On onto a scrap of plastic from a report cover. I colored the back of the sheet with Sharpies and a silver paint pen.
Well, I'll say it for the last time. Please make sure you leave comments for me on all of this week's GIU posts. I'll be drawing a winner from all comments on Sunday and the winner will get two Itty Bittys of their choice from Unity. Good luck!
Stamps: (A Little Bit of Washi, Ornamental Season): Unity
Ink: (Silver, Black Staz-On): Tsukineko, (Real Red, Only Orange, Summer Sun, Green Galore, Brilliant Blue, Concord Crush, Lovely Lilac): Stampin' Up
Paper: Stampin' Up
Misc: (Embossing folder): Sizzix, Sharpies, (Embossing powders): JoAnn's, Washi (the black strips of washi are real): Unknown
The Paper Players: #140: Something recycled/repurposed (plastic sheet from report cover)
Jingle Belles: Earth Day Special (there's that report cover again!)