Mediterranean, baroque and others

I continued to play with my clay figures. First, I used that stone-like colored piece. It looked too heavy by its own on the card, so I made a brick wall with a stencil and texture paste and colored it with the same Distress Paint Antique Linen and Glimmer mist. The azure background and some greens finished the Mediterranean scene. I used a new Peacock Feather Oxide for the sea and different greens from Distress Inks and Oxides for the leaves.

Then I made a clean and simple card for the CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge. I just wanted to try a new technique from the June issue of The Craft Stamper magazine.  The ombré effect in the stamped image can be achieved with several shades of Distressed Inks gradually applied on the stamp and restamped with a stamp positioner. I like the effect. I have an idea to use this design with different colors for a set of Thank You cards.

Then, I took the next figure from the pile. The white and gold baroque design of the piece moved me toward a classic style. That night my Prima Marketing waxes arrived and I couldn’t wait to use them. Here is what I figured out. First, they are scented! Love it! 🙂 Second, when applying them on clay figures, one or two layers of gesso won’t help to smooth the surface. One layer of Multi Medium Matte is much better. Third, they are easily applied on cardstock, so there is no problem with matching metallic paper details. I used wax for the edges of the bottom layer. So, I think I will use these waxes a lot :))

Also, I made four cards with a previous butterfly design in different colors for my shop, using Jane Davenport’s watercolors for the butterflies. The colors are so bright and beautiful! Hard to believe they’re not inks!

Sea-themed card

Over the last couple of days, I played with Prima Marketing molds and paper clay. I bought three different molds from PM after I watched their video and was impressed with their cool detailed look and different ways of coloring them. First I tried to fill them with a glue gun, which was fast, but with bubbles and uneven edges. Next I filled them all with a lightweight clay…a very meditative process. Following instructions, I let them dry overnight. Just look at this beauty! I was afraid that the figures would be too heavy for papercraft, but they are almost weightless! Filling all three molds (22 figures) took a third of a clay pack.

Of course, I couldn’t wait to color them, trying different mediums and paints. For gold and silver, I used Rub-n-buff wax, which also turned out great on just embossed cardstock. You just have to use a very light touch. I love how real it looks!

Now, what to do with all this beauty?! :)) Incorporating these into my cards was really a challenge because I’m not big in mixed media and heavy looking embellishments. First I tried using that green wave painted with PM patina effect paste. The colors really match the Beneath the Sea collection of Graphic45, which I happened to have since I love Graphic45 and have almost all of their collections 🙂 And so, here is my result: a sea-themed steampunkish card. I tried to keep a balance between not being too heavy with embellishments while still incorporating that wave.