Thursday, February 25, 2016

Sending You the Happiest

Stamper Carissa Wiley guested on Jennifer McGuire's blog recently and gifted us all with a fantastic new technique involving Copic markers, vellum, and misted alcohol.  It's so drop-dead-easy that any stamping fool can do it with no fear of failure . . .
Here's the link to Carissa's guest spot and video.

 Carissa recommended using 91% alcohol but I tried regular alcohol and got fabulous results, so it's your call as to what you use.  First, tape down your vellum to prevent curling.   Now, here's the incredibly complex (ha ha) technique:

1. Using two or three colors, scribble on vellum with your Copic markers, making solid, connected areas of color.  Overlap and stagger your edges to avoid straight lines.
2. Mist lightly with two or three sprays of alcohol from about 8" away
3. Let dry

How hard is that?  The effect is an amazingly authentic watercolored look.  Spray once for fabulous splotchy looks, or spray twice for a more blended appearance.  While wet, you can moosh the color around as Carissa did, or leave it as is for the greatest amount of texture.  For richer color, let dry, scribble on another layer, and spray again.  You now have a gorgeous background or overlay!

Here are the specifics I did for the card above:

Scribble with Copics, blend edges, be sloppy.  Spritz twice with alcohol, dry
Dust with anti-static powder, stamp and emboss image.  These will become the background flowers so allow for placement when you stamp them.
Spritz again and dab with stencil brush to blend and soften colors around the images. Dry.
Dust with powder and stamp/emboss more images for the foreground. Done!
To make images stand out, run a piece of white cardstock the same size as the image panel and run it through your Xyron.  Since the panel is covered with color, none of the glue shows through.

Cardstock:   Bazzill Lagoon,  Aqua, Stampin’ Up Vellum White
Stamps:        Stampendous Agapanthus Long, Simon Says Sketchy
                           Banner Greetings
Markers:        Copic G46 Mistletoe, B26 Cobalt Blue, V09 Violet, Wink
                           of Stella Clear
Inks:               ColorBox Frost White, VersaMagic Oasis Green
Emb Powder:   Stamp Zia White Sparkle
Dies:              Lil Inker Stitched Mats Rectangles, Simon Says Sketchy                                         Banners, Memory Box butterflies Kaleidoscope, Moonlight

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