Messy Techniques, CU post #2

Thursday, February 20, 2014

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At Creative U, I like to push the students into techniques and artwork that they might not have considered. It’s wonderful what you can do with a captive audience. (You WILL get messy and you WILL love it! Bwa ha ha!).

For the card café, students created a total of 20 cards, 4 each of 5 designs. Each of the card designs started with a technique base, which they created on a plain piece of white or colored cardstock.

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This card has a paint resist technique. Stamp a border stamp along one edge of the white cardstock in clear versamark ink, then heat embossed with clear powder. Brush acrylic paint onto the cardstock piece and allow to dry. Make sure you leave some nice paint strokes, blending out and away from the stamping. This is a messy technique and I wanted an “artsy” look to it.

After the paint dries, use a baby wipe to remove the paint from the embossed area. Again, this is not an exactly perfect look, some of the embossing ink may come off if you rub too hard, and it may be splotchy in areas. More artsy, less perfection.

Notice that I chose to use this messy, artistic technique with a modern color scheme and patterns. This could easily have been done in distressed browns and shabby chic vintage patterns, but I wanted to show off how to apply these messy techniques to other styles as well.

So if you like modern, but want to get a little messy, go for it! You’ll most likely end up with painty fingers and a happy creative spirit!

CTMH supplies used on this card (click on the link to shop):
Geometric Backgrounds stamp set
All the Details stamp set
Lollydoodle paper packet
Smoothie cardstock
Whisper cardstock

2 comments:

Nancy Ball said...

GORGEOUS....so sad I could not make it...maybe next year!

Sue Marrazzo said...

NICE ideas...and I like the BOLD colors ( ;

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