Saturday, 7 March 2009

I've been playing with 'Mica'!

I decided I wanted to do something different today, I didn't want to use any design papers (as gorgeous as they all are!!), so I played around with some cosmic shimmer powders to create a background for my card and also as a main feature for the image - which I then also stamped on acetate, simply coloured the hearts and placed it so that it highlighted the image.

I used two different techniques for this card, first for the background I used a 'dusting technique which meant that I stamped the image with Perfect Medium onto the black card and using the brush, dusted on the cosmic shimmer powders and just tapped them in, I removed the excess with a used tumble dryer sheet and set it with a fine mist of water using a spray bottle.

The second technique which I have used to create the main focus of the image i.e. the 3 trees, has been done with a 'lifting' technique, by rubbing clear Perfect Medium onto the black card, dusting on my chosen cs powder colours with the brush, and removed the excess powder. I then inked up the stamp with the clear Perfect Medium and stamped back onto the same card. I masked the tree and stamped with the same image on either side and again set with a fine mist of water, finished by some matting and layering and voila!

The mica doesn't really show very well in the photo, but it really creates a stunning and different effect. The stamp that I used is a Toodles & Binks stamp 'Grow a little love'.

I was hoping to have time to finish sorting out my craft room, but alas, it was not to be, maybe tomorrow!!!!


Susan said...

This card is beautiful! You can really see the shimmer when you click on the photo. Gorgeous!!

Smiffy's Particrafting adventures said...

Your cards really are fab! I love the colours. Aren't Cosmic shimmers wonderful.

Becki and Alan said...

Maria, this is gorgeous!! I do love playing around with mica pigments and you really have mastered them..

Brilliant, as always!


Helena said...

I really love this tree! Gorgeous card. I'm glad I can't make cards this good I would never be able to part with them- LOL!!!!!

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