I finally got a set of Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers - yay!! There's a long way to go yet in terms of blending, getting used to lighter touches, using the right paper (thanks to me finding tips on Loll's blog it's Strathmore Mixed Media paper you should use) - and a whole raft of stuff. But, this is my very first play - put your sunshades on, it's BRIGHT!:
- 4.25" x 5.5" white card blank, side opening
- piece of black card for the outer 'frame'
- piece of Tim Holtz 'Distress Watercolour' cardstock onto which I stamped an edging of flowers
- the flowers were stamped using a stamp from the Tim Holtz 'Flower Garden' set and Ranger Archival Black ink
- at this point I really wish I'd then embossed the outlines, although I did go to the trouble of making a mask of the flower (using a snippet of Woodware Mask-It sheet) and using that when stamping the flower outlines
- then I coloured in the flowers using Zig markers and a water brush. Walked away when I realised how bright and stark the flowers looked without any real shading - I now have the Strathmore Mixed Media paper which I hope will be better for blending
- on returning I then stamped the sentiment and botched it up - walked away again
- stamped the sentiment onto a piece of fresh card, several attempts. I now know that stamp is distorted right at one end and leaves a little smudge - a stamp now destined for the bin sadly (tee, hee - I popped my watermark over the smudge to hide it in the photo above!)
- trimmed the piece of white card with the best stamping of the sentiment I could manage
- fussy cut the flower border and glued it to the edge of the sentiment panel
- glued the whole image/sentiment panel to the black panel on the card front
- still didn't look right to me so I followed one of Loll's ideas and added white dots to the flowers, using a white pen
A long way to go - but it was great fun playing - despite battling a ripped nail which is all bound up making my right paw less dextrous than ever! Embossing the outlines is going to make life much easier and I hope the Strathmore Mixed Media paper which has a vellum surface will help too. It certainly feels lovely and smooth!