Sunday 1 February 2015

Drips and Drops at CVC and step x step

It's the 1st February (Really? Already?) and it's time for a new challenge at Country View Crafts. The theme today has been chosen by the lovely Sue at Scrumplescrunch and she's called it 'Drips and Drops'. Mulling this over in my head I knew I just had to go with my most loved techniques using distress inks and started off on a background but as the ideas were developing I ended up with a Spring or Easter card with the egg image coming from that gorgeous wallflower stack from Tim Holtz.

The acrylic block DI technique using glimmer mists is a technique I love to turn to when I'm in one of those 'don't know what to do' frame of minds.
Dabbing distress inks on the block, misting them until you get those gorgeous 'drops' of colour and then pressing it into the card to get great blended distress effects.

When I'd done that I splattered 'drops' of ink over in stormy sky distress stain and water using a small paint brush and heat dried it.

Blend antique linen and stormy sky DIs over the top half where there is less colour and flick water 'drops' on. Absorb the water droplets with kitchen towel and heat dry

Blend same colours over again and ink the edges with walnut stain.
Splatter 'drops' of gathered twigs distress inks and absorb with the paper towel immediately to ensure the 'droplets' are not too deep in colour.

Finally flick some more water 'droplets' on and heat dry.

We have created a speckled look with depth at the lower part of the card and more subtle effects at the top of the card..

Moving on to the next stage I made a frame using the Tim Holtz Thinlits dies – Labels. Ink the edges of the frame inside and out with walnut stain and adhere one of Tim’s eggs from the Wallflower paper pack.

Take a mini tag and repeat the process steps, stamp a special word and staple a small piece of hessian over the tag hole.

With hessian, to prevent it fraying too much, apply a thin layer of wet glue (I use my favourite evo stik wood glue) over the back and let it dry. This keeps the fibres together when you cut into it).

 The final stage is layering up all the elements and I love using tissue wrap instead of stamping on backgrounds, you can still see some of the colour through it.

Strips of Tim's papers still from the Wallflower pack and a couple of chit chat words from the seasonal set. But embellishments were difficult - I wanted to add more eggs so I attached one to a small piece of film strip and cut an even smaller one out and glued it on nearby. Fiddly but for me the detail is so important.

So how will use drips and drops on a card or project? I've got to get my thinking cap on now as I have one more sample to make for later in the month.

We are looking forward to seeing what you do for the CVC challenge.

Thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx


Astrid Maclean said...

Gorgeous drippy collage Brenda! Love the neutral colour palette that offers promises of Spring! Beautifully put together!

Pamellia said...

Love love love your drippage Brenda! (that sounds like such an odd compliment) ha!! Wonderful colours and the egg is fantastic! hugs :)

Inkypinkycraft said...

Great background x

Anneke said...

This looks wonderful. Love your design. Thanks for showing how you made it. Very inspiring Anneke.

Jennie Atkinson said...

Such a fabulous background Brenda using that wonderful technique. And such a great choice of colours to match all those wonderful layers. Stunning! Jennie x

Words and Pictures said...

Fabulous drippy droppy background - tempting me to go and play! - and a beautiful glow to the whole piece. Roll on springtime, I say!
Alison xx

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

LOVE that you misted the block...gotta try that! The background is awesome! LOVE this Springtime piece!

Scrumplescrunch said...

Hello Brenda.
I cannot believe you did not know what to do when starting this project. You have taken this drippy droppy theme and excelled as usual.
The card is full of interest and you have reintroduced a technique that will inspire many to try again.
Thank you.

experiments in paper said...

This is wonderful, Brenda - so complex but knitted together at the same time. I love your background technique - will be trying that out. And thank you for your time visiting and commenting on my latest at Visual well as for the great inspiration to do this! I am learning by watching and by doing - can't get any better than that! xx Lynn

massofhair said...

Wonderful drippage and lots of water droplets make for a perfect background, loved your card very much :-) xxx

Meggymay said...

Fantastic step by step and a stunning end result.

Inkypinkycraft said...

love the neutrals and the layers here x

toni said...

Gorgeous ! Love your colours and subject, beautiful layering x

Karin said...

Beautiful, great background!
Groetjes Karin

Unknown said...

Gorgeous card, Brenda! I love drips and drops and I absolutely adore your background!! XOXO-Shari

trisha too said...

Oh wow that IS a gorgeous technique, what a beautiful background for your lovely piece!


Nikki Acton said...

Fabulous technique - really effective and wonderfully collaged piece. Nxx

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

Fabulous background technique. Love this creation, Brenda

Deb said...

Stunning card Brenda, I've not seen the acrylic block technique before but will definitely be giving it a try, what beautiful results!