Today's HYCCT challenge on Splitcoast is PAINT! I was so excited that Libby asked me to be one of her sample gals and make a card or two using paint, that I might have gotten a little carried away. :) But heaven knows I have paint, so I thought I'd show you what I did.
I started with my Claudine Hellmuth (gah) pink paint:
I put some into a spray bottle with some water to make a wash:
(Yes, I got that at The Container Store for 99 cents. Travel section.)
Then I went to Mel McCarthy's blog and tried to duplicate this pressure emboss resist technique of hers. Here's my first attempt:
I first dry-embossed a piece of Whisper White card stock with SU's Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, then I inked up the raised portion with Versamark and heat-embossed it (twice) with clear EP. THEN, I poured a little of the paint wash into a jar lid and used a foam applicator to paint over the embossed paper. The heat-embossed portion resisted the paint and it was absorbed only by the un-embossed portion of the paper. It's subtle, and I like it!
I added the pink card stock to accentuate the pink paint wash, and for contrast I added the black satin ribbon and some black Stickles.
Then I tried a piece of patterned paper:
I really like this one! I dyed that seam binding myself with Pink Pirouette ink and a little water, just like Mary Dawn taught us. :)
Next, I used that paint wash as a spray with a stencil in an attempt to be artsy. Instead, I made a mess, but I also made this:
You might have to click on the photo to actually see the pink, but it's there. I put a TCW template (TCW = The Crafter's Workshop, and the template I used is mini damask) over some water color paper and spritzed the paint wash over it. I removed the template and let it dry. It wasn't awful - a little runny so the pattern isn't very distinct, but I've embraced its subtle-ness and learned to love it. It actually is a pretty nice not-plain background.
I decided it said "sympathy" so that's the Paper Smooches sentiment I used.
Oh, those specs? One was an "OMG WHAT IS THAT" and the rest were on purpose, to make it look like I meant to do that. ;/
For my last sample, I played with these two colors of paint:
to make this:
The last farm in the 'hood has been sold for development, so I went for a walk a few weeks ago and took some photos. Here's the one that inspired this card:
Okay, back to the paint. I put a bit of each of the green and blue onto my non-stick mat, spritzed them with water, and used pieces of Cut-N-Dry foam as applicators to schmear the paint onto a piece of water color paper. I like the swirls of my applicator - they make the sky and grass look a little wild, which is what I was going for.
After the paint dried, I went back to stamp the tree (A Muse) and drew in a few birds. The fence is a MS punch, and I cut off the pointy tops to make it look more farm-like - like this:
So yeah, inspiration is EVERYwhere. Now go break out your paints and come play today's HYCCT challenge!
Thanks for stopping by!