Friday, January 4, 2019

Magenta Super Saturday with Pam - New Year's Thank You

Welcome back to my blog.  I hope that your new year is off to a great start.  I have a fun card for “Super Saturday with Pam” which you can also see on the Magenta blog here.

The technique for this card uses alcohol ink and watercolor paper.  I saw it on Jennifer McGuire’s blog and you can see her video here.  She mentioned that she’s been using the technique for a long time so perhaps this technique won’t be new for you.  With this technique you can make several pieces very quickly so I thought it was perfect for making a bunch of thank you cards.
To start I taped the Magenta “All Over Stars” stencil to a piece of Tim Holtz watercolor paper.  I like the Tim Holtz paper for this technique because it is bright white.  I used a VersaMark ink cube to cover the front of the paper with ink.  I removed the stencil then covered the inked areas with clear embossing powder and heat set the powder.  If you watch Jennifer McGuire’s video you will see that she tries other colors of embossing powder.  I did that too and have some pictures of those pieces at the end of this post.
I applied alcohol ink (Patina, Turquoise, Sailboat and a small amount of Silver Mixative) to a felt applicator along with a generous amount of blending solution.  The watercolor absorbs the ink and blending solution quickly so if the colors isn't moving around like you want, apply more blending solution to your applicator.

I pounced the color all over the watercolor paper until the whole card front was covered.  (For a different look, rather than pouncing the color, you can also brush the color in even, back and forth strokes over the card panel.)  The embossing powder acts as a resist so some of the white paper will show through from beneath the embossed area.  Also, some of the color will sit on top of the embossed surfaces.

To finish off the card, I used a 2 ½” oval die from the Hero Arts Nesting Ovals set to cut out the center of the stenciled panel and to also cut a piece of silver metallic cardstock.  I stamped the medium “Thank you” with VersaMark on a piece of white cardstock and embossed it with Wow Metallic Silver Sparkle embossing powder.  I die cut this with a 2 ¼” oval die from the same set and also used the same die to cut a piece of fun foam. 

I adhered the stenciled panel to the front of an A2 card.  Then I adhered the fun foam oval to the back of the silver paper, then adhered the sentiment on top and positioned it on the card.  I added a few clear gemstones in the center of each star for a bit more shine. 

I couldn’t stop playing with this technique so I tried it with a few other stencils and ink colors.  It’s fun to experiment with how the ink is applied as well different colors and combinations of alcohol ink and embossing powders.  I'll list the stencils and embossing powders below.

The only down side to this technique is that it doesn’t photograph well.  The camera just can’t pick up all the shine that you get with this technique.  I hope you will give it a try to see it in person.
Thanks for visiting my blog.  All the best to you in the coming year.  
Magenta Products Used:
07.979.G - Medium Thank You

Other Products Used:
VersaMark Ink
Judikins Clear Embossing Powder
Alcohol Inks
Magenta TM229, Laces Texture (with Irisdescent Sparkle EP and Indigo Blue Alcohol ink)
Magenta TM252, Flying Butterflies (with Hero Arts White Satin Pearl EP and Sailboat, Amethyst and Aquamarine Alcohol ink)
Magenta TM65, Bubbles (Clear EP with Wild Plum, Aquamarine and Indigo Blue Alcohol ink
Magenta TM165, All Over Rectangles (with Silver Pearl EP, with Sailboat, Amethyst and a tiny bit of Indigo Blue Alcohol ink)
Hero Arts Nesting Ovals
Wow Metallic Silver Sparkle Embossing powder