Monday, July 31, 2017

Power & Spark Challenge-July 2017

Hi Everyone!

I just had to get involved with this July challenge at Power Poppy.  The challenge is titled "Copy A Bloomie".  I always feel so guilty if I use someone else's idea (I must say that when I do, I do get permissions.), but this challenge is telling me it is okay!!  As I poured over all of the wonderful blog posts of Power Poppy's Bloom Brigade, I finally decided on a fantastic card by Allison Cope.  She must be my secret mentor, because to create her card, I had almost all of the identical supplies already in my studio.  Here is the link to the photo of Allison's card.  Gorgeous!!

To begin, I was "asked" to create backgrounds with the new Distress Oxide inks.  This alone was so fun!  I had not had a chance to play with them yet, so another excuse to get creative.  I used the Halftone stencil from Altenew to add another layer of inks. After a few hours of playing, I decided on two backgrounds which I thought were appropriate for this card.

The next layer I used the die from My Favorite Things, Peek-A-Boo Polka Dots to create holes over the entire surface.  Allison used wood grain card stock (which I did not have), but I ran my card through a wood grain embossing folder from Tim Holtz/Sizzix to create the same effect.

I believe Allison had the Dynamic Duos: Peonies & Tulips stamp set and I had the Tulips Digital Stamp set.  Since Allison had the clear stamp, she was able to use gold embossing powder to stamp her tulip design.  I had the digital version, so I used gold foil and my Minc machine to achieve a similar effect.  I used gold embossing for my Happy Birthday sentiment from a Gina K Design stamp set and created the gold stripe pattern on Microsoft Word and used my Minc machine again.

I created two tulip images, one watercoloring with Distress Oxides and a second one with Copic Markers.  Let me know which method you like better.  This card was full of interesting techniques and so much fun to duplicate.  Thank you Allison for your inspiration!!  I hope it meets with your approval.

Thanks for stopping by,  Jane

Watercoloring with Distress Oxide Inks
Copic Markers

Supplies Used:

  • Image--Power Poppy Tulips Digital Stamp    Gina K Designs Autumn Wishes
  • Dies--MFT Stamps Peek-A-Boo Polka Dots:  
  • Embossing Folder--Tim Holtz/Sizzix Texture Fades Woodgrain
  • Paper--Strathmore Bristol 100lb  & Hammermill 100lb
  • Minc Machine with Gold Foil
  • Embossing Powder--Stampendous Detail Gold
  • Brother Scan N Cut 2
  • Distress Oxide Inks--Candied Apple, Fired Brick, Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint, Cracked Pistachio
Copic Markers:
  • Leaves & Stems:  Y13--G00--G02--G05--BG32
  • Tulips:  RV21--RV42--R05--RV69--Y13


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    1. Thank you Camille! My blog is still rather new, but I have more frequent posts on Instagram. Check it out! The Instagram name is janecrisci.


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