I hope the snow isn’t causing too many problems were you are and that you’re ready and rearing to craft today.
I ask this because it’s my turn to set the dare over at the Daring Cardmakers this week and I would love for you all to in.
I thought I would treat you all to a Chinese Take Away this week.
No, I’m not talking about food……I’m talking about my Oriental Splendour Dare!
I would like you to make a card with an Oriental influence and the ‘Take Away’ I referred to is the twist in the tail.
When ever Oriental is mentioned most people, including myself immediately reach for Red and Black so I’m taking them away from you and removing them from the pallet of colours that you can use on your card.
So to recap:-
I dare you to make an Oriental themed card which doesn’t use Red or Black.
I decided to have a go at another technique that I’ve not tried before………Faux Batik.
Here’s my card:-
I guess it helps if you have the right things to hand when trying out something new.
I was so keen to give this a try, only to find I didn’t have ‘the right things’ so had to improvise and my card didn’t quite turn out as I had hoped.
I’ll definitely be giving it another go though!
For those who haven’t a clue what Faux Batik is, basically what you do is stamp your image onto your card using a Versa Mark pad, sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heart emboss and then spritz the panel with various colour washes.
Now this was where I had to improvise because I don’t have any colour washes. Instead I made my own using some Blond Moments Pearl Pigments and Ranger Perfect Pearls which I mixed with water and painted them across the image.
When the paint is dry you have to turn the image over onto some kitchen paper and iron the back of it. This melts the embossing so it soaks into the paper, leaving the plain card showing through underneath.
Next I layered the panel onto some patterned paper which I had embossed with a Gold Bamboo design along two sides, offsetting it to the top Right hand corner.
The next layer was Cream card which I Gold embossed with Cherry Blossom and coloured with a metallic Gel Pen and Prisma Colour Pencils and then this is turn was layered onto another panel of patterned paper, giving me a topper made up four layers.
I then covered my card blank with patterned paper and added a wrap of ribbon before attaching the topper and adding some brads and clips.
Card – Craft Creations
Patterned Papers – DCWV (The Old World Stack & The Far East Stack)
Inks – VersaMark (Clear) Ranger Distress Ink (Peeled Paint)
Pigments – Blond Moments Pearl Pigments (Festive Gold Luster) Ranger Pearl Pigments (Forever Red)
Rubber Stamps – Rubberdubbado, Stick-n-Stamp (Geisha) Personal Impressions (Cherry Blossom)
Pencils – Prisma Color Pencils
Embossing Powder – Fun Stamps (Clear) Stamp-n-Stuff (Detail Gold)
Metallic Gel Pen