You can frame a moment. But you can´t frame life ―
Growing up in a military family meant living in many a rental home with those bland beige walls. Oh did I long for an English garden on my walls – one that would have been right at home in my favorite book “Jane Eyre.’’ I settled for a framed poster that celebrated all things English including the ubiquitous tea cup, roses in a small vase on a lace draped table and my beloved wallpaper in the background. It wasn’t until I owned my own home that I could indulge in wallpaper – my daughter was the first beneficiary of my love of wallpaper.
The project for today reminds me of that poster from long ago – the focal point an imaginary wallpaper. The garden imagery for this card was created using stamps from Altenew’s Golden Garden stamp set. They were stamped in black pigment ink on white paper and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I hand colored the images using Altenew’s Artist Markers to continue the loose, hand-drawn look leaving lots of white space within the flowers and leaves.
So that the background could be added and complete the wallpaper look I used a Versamark pen to apply the sticky ink over the entirety of the images and once again heat emboss in clear. The embossed areas served as a resist protecting the images and I could easily add Distress Oxide ink with a blending tool to the entire panel. I did several layers to get a depth of color and carefully cleaned up the extra ink on the images using a paper towel. You may notice in the detail picture that I loosely sketched using the Versamark pen resulting in some resist gaps within the images as well as resist outside the images. I think this effect continues the hand-drawn look.
The card base was stamped with the same images as the main panel but in a soothing gray – no other color was added. The wooden textured frame is a stack of 3 layers applied to the previously stamped card base with the trimmed focal panel inserted flush to the card base. The final touch is a stacked ‘thanks’ in a scripty font again echoing hand-drawn.
|Stamps: Altenew: Golden Garden
|Dies: Altenew: Signature Words; Hero Arts: Infinity Wood Frames
|Paper: Neenah Crest: Solar White 80lb.; Neenah Crest: Black; Coordinations: Black Sparkle
|Ink: Altenew: Silver Lake; Versafine: Onyx Black; Versamark pen; Ranger: Distress Oxide – Broken China
|Artist Markers: Leaves: G715 – Forest Glade; Flowers: R601 – Rose Quartz, R603 – Puffy Heart, R614 – Purple Wine, R437 – Cosmic Berry
|Other: Clear Embossing Powder; Picket Fence Studios: Blending Brush