So, here is the project that I wanted to share:
It was so much easier than it looks. I used Dreamweaver Stencils (I am on their Design Team), metals, my Cuttlebug, some alcohol inks, May Arts ribbon and some cardstock and adhesive. Let me tell you how I did it.
1) I ran the Dreamweaver Stencil LG758 Jellyfish through my Cuttlebug with the following sandwich: A Plate, stencil face down, blue coated aluminum face down, Stamping Details Rubber Embossing Mat, and two B Plates.
2) I ran the Dreamweaver LM248 Happy Birthday Stencil through the Cuttlebug the same way, except that both the stencil and the metal were face up. For this one, I temporarily left the stencil attached.
3) I dripped Color Solutions alcohol ink on both pieces, staying towards the outside on the jellyfish and inside of the letters on the word. Since the metal was already blue, I didn't worry about covering every singe area. I used the colors Aquarius and Blue Velvet and just a Q Tip wherever I felt I needed to smear the colors. I let them dry.
4) I sanded both pieces. The words were sanded completely with the stencil still under the piece. The jellyfish was just lightly sanded.
5) I used a Q Tip to apply Color Solutions in Pearl White to the top of the jellyfish, blending it with the blues a little.
6) I assembled the card.
Now, on to the questions:
1) What are you working on at the moment?
Honestly, when I am not working on blog posts or design team work, I never, ever make cards. I primarily scrapbook. I also do plenty of things that would be considered home decorating. I am working on a Halloween place setting for two right now, relying heavily on my Silhouette Cameo.
2) How does your work differ from others in your genre?
I think my work differs from others because I enjoy using a variety of materials, especially metals. They are so easy and fun to use that I am surprised the more people don't work with them. I have always had a soft spot for specialty materials like metal, wood, vellum, fabric, glittered, holographic, mulberry, velvet and handmade papers.
3) Why do you create?
I am inspired by most things that I see. I can't imagine what life would be like without the creative process. When I imagine things in my head, I am excited to try and breathe life into the ideas.
4) How does your creative process work?
Sometimes life inspires the creativity, and sometimes it is a challenge or competition and yet other times it is the materials. Whatever inspires the ideas, once I get on a roll I fill pages of notebook paper with sketches and scribbles. Every now and again, I get lucky enough to come up with a fully formed idea, but generally there is a lot of revision before something actually comes to fruition. I usually have to have a pretty complete idea before I start a project. Then, of course, it changes, often entirely, as I work.
For your exploration next week, I present Kristi Parker Van Doren of Kristi's Creative Café. She is absolutely fearless. She combines various styles and materials in very creative ways. I hope you enjoy her work.
I am also going to have you take a look at Pam Hornschu, the fearless leader of the Dreamweaver Design Team. She posts as 1Pampered Stamper. Her work never fails to astound me with how ingeniously she creates. I would never think of such creative ways to use stencils and stamps. She inspires me.
Check those out next week. You won't be disappointed. I hope you come back again soon!
Have a great time looking! I hope to see you back.