April 20, 2011

Proud As A Peacock

It's Day Three of my design week on the Penny Black Blog

When I first saw these two images, this design pairing them together instantly came to mind.  

For the base of the card, “Feathers” was stamped in silver ink and heat embossed with Sticky Stuff embossing powder.  While the powder was tacky, Angel Dust glitter was sprinkled on top and the excess tapped off.  I love the backdrop this provided for the focal image of the card.

The peacock is what I might call a “concoction” of color.  Luckily I kept notes as I went because I kept adding inks and pens until I hit the look I wanted.

To start, the stamp was randomly colored with the Tombow markers listed below and then I “huffed” on the ink before making the impression on the white cardstock.  Before playing with the image too much, I “fussy” cut it.  This made it easier to tap on Turquoise Gem ink here and there to get a mottled effect.   Random black and white dots helped with the illusion of feathers and then a “smear” of the Stardust gel pen added a slight iridescent sparkle.

So as to not overpower the colorful peacock, I only added a small strip of corresponding colors just below the elevated sentiment.

To make this narrow band, I started with a scrap piece of white cardstock and glued 1/8-inch strips of colored cardstock vertically along the length.  A small portion was cut away and glued to the back of the matted image.  I always keep the leftover pieces as they are great to add as accents to the inside of the card or an envelope.

Tomorrow I will have a "special friend" card for the last day of my Penny Black design week.

Thank you for visiting,

Penny Black “Mix & Match” Cardstock:  Storm 01-001, 01-003, Blue Lagoon 09-001, 09-003, Fuchsia Fantasies 13-003
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Tsukineko: Onyx Black VersaFine, Silver VersaColor, Turquoise Gem VersaMagic
Tombow: Dual Brush Pens:  443, 452, 555, 685
Sakura: White Gelly Pen, Stardust Gelly Pen, Black Micron Pen
Judi Kins: Sticky Stuff Embossing Powder
Art Glitter:  Angel Dust