Visible Image & My Sweet Petunia Blog Hop – Glimmer of Light and Leave Your Fears Behind
I was honored to be asked to participate in the joint blog hop for Visible Image and My Sweet Petunia. I love the cool, edgy look of Visible Image’s stamps and stencils! You may have just arrived from my friend, Tenia Nelson’s blog, but if not, you can make the complete circuit back to her blog just from following the links.
This is not just a blog hop, it’s also a giveaway!
For my projects, I chose Glimmer of Light and Leave Your Fears Behind as well the Strobes stencil, knowing that I could use some arty techniques with these great images. I have made two great cards. The first one was made with Glimmer of Light with the Strobes stencil. Lookie:
GOJUS! I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks with the Strobes stencil to do the background.
I stamped the lightning bug images with regular Ripe Persimmon Distress ink. After I die cut the base with one of MFT’s Wonky Stitched Rectangle dies, I went around the edges very lightly with regular Distress Hickory Smoke.
I added the light bulb and the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black. I used a Sakura Stardust pen to add glimmering highlights to the motes you see around the light bulb. I added Distress Microglaze all over the top to give the Distress Oxide inks a sheen and depth.
For my other project, I used Leave Your Fears Behind. I decided to combine Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors with Brusho. Lookie:
GOJUS! I painted the watercolor paper with the Gansai Tambi watercolors, going from light blue at the top to purple on the bottom. Then I started sprinkling on Brusho colors, following the colors I had already put down around the bottom two-thirds of the piece, spritzing with water, and trying to stay loose and not get too obsessed over what my watercolor professor used to call “precious” areas.
I stamped the bird/tree image with Versafine Onyx Black. I had to do this several times because of the texture of the paper, which the MISTI made much easier. Even then, the texture was still giving me some trouble, so I had to paint some of the ink into the texture to make it more solid. The contrast between the bottom of the birds wing and the background was not sharp enough, so I ended up using some of the white from the Gansai Tambi set to lighten the area below the wing and painted in some of the dots in the wing to help them pop out.
I stamped the sentiment on black card stock and embossed with Hero Arts White embossing powder. I then cut the sentiment into three strips so that I could arrange them on the right side and show more of the background. After mounting the piece on a black mat and putting on the card base, I decided it was done. There wasn’t really anything I could add to it that didn’t look stuck on. I decided to let the art speak. And I love the precious areas, (which means where your happy accidents create cool effects…the idea is not to let them take over your piece), LOL. You can still have precious areas, just as long as they don’t take over your art.
I love both of my projects!
Below is my list of products that I used, and I have used compensated affiliate links where they were available, as I now participate in affiliate programs for Simon Says Stamp, Amazon, Ellen Hutson LLC, Scrapbook.com, Gina K, Sizzix, and Blick Art Supplies. Stampin’ Up! links go to my BFF Wendy Weixler’s store, who does not pay me except in eternal friendship, but you can change to your favorite demonstrator if you prefer. Buying through these links costs you nothing extra and helps support my blog and my artistic endeavors, and I thank you.
Next on the hop is Elisa Abbott, and I know she’ll have something fabulous to show you! The complete list of participants is below in case you want to hop around: