Sunday, July 13, 2008

Polished butterscotch

Sorry for the lack of posting lately. My mojo went MIA for a few days, then my computer had major issues which involved re-installing EVERYTHING! I basically had to rebuild from scratch. Also, I had not backed up my files in awhile, which was especially painful when it came to my I-tunes and my picture files. Yikes! Please learn from my mistakes - back up frequently!!!
Now, on to the card. I had the pleasure of watching Tim Holtz demonstrate all his great products yesterday at a stamp show in Carson, Calif. It was just Tim and his tools, and a group of his fans gathered around! I watched for probably an hour. He is amazing - he moves fast, isn't afraid of mistakes and has a great eye. My style is very different from his, but I learned a ton. (I also spent a little $$. Tim doesn't need a sales pitch. Once you've watched him for a few minutes, you want all the tools he's got!)
So today when I sat down to create, I knew I wanted to channel Tim. I pulled out my alcohol inks and played around, trying to remember some of Tim's tips. First and foremost, I was using too much of the metallic mixative. ONE DROP is all you need for a 12x12 piece of paper, according to Tim. I also wasn't leaving enough drying time between layers. My polished stone is much improved now! Thanks Tim.
The colors for this one were inspired by this week's Our Creative Corner challenge, which was an inspiration piece. I used my butterscotch alcohol ink with some blending solution and a drop of copper mixative to make a quarter sheet of polished stone paper. I then stamped the flowers in Versamark, embossed them in white, and cut them out. I also used my new Ranger Cut and Dry foam to do a very light sponge of saffron over the mustard-stamped sentiment. (You can click on the picture to see the details a little better.)
Thanks for a great challenge, ladies.
Stamps: All Natural, Friendship flowers
Ink: saffron, mustard, versamark
Paper: saffron, mustard, glossy white, Neenah classic crest solar white
Accessories: brads, sponge, alcohol inks


Dawn Easton said...

Beautiful card...wonderful image choices!!

Cindy Haffner said...

So pretty, love your flowers.

Joan said...

This is a wonderful card...I love the flowers. Joan

Stacy said...

Love It! Thanks for sharing. It was so funny when I read your entry with it, sounds just like my week last week, NO MOJO, and computer re-install and all....I sympathize!

Joan B said...

Gorgeous. So you got to see Tim Holtz?? I am jealous jealous jealous. Love this card. The layout, the whole thing rocks.

ps. sorry about the computer thing...