Friday, 19 July 2013

Oriental Shimmer

     Two posts in one day...What's going on?  I really want to enter this card in a challenge that closes tomorrow while I'm demonstrating at Snetterton Park in Norfolk. We're beside the A11, next door to the race circuit, so if you're out that way please call in and say hello. There will be three of us all working away at different techniques from stamping to polymer clay.
     This card is inspired by my favourite technique, water stamping, and a little light hearted challenge between myself and Karen of Stamping In Pink to revive the Oriental theme. We both have plenty of stash in this style, which we recently shared - thanks Karen, giving us both a desire to make oriental cards again. Join us on Sunday at 5pm to see another oriental card, if you'd like to join in then please leave us a comment with a link so we can visit you. There is NO prize involved, it's just for fun.
    This card was made by colouring white card with Distress Inks Squeezed Lemonade, Scattered Straw, Mowed Lawn and Forest Moss. Then I used a bamboo stamp that I have had for some time but never used. I spritzed the stamp with water and stamped onto the card, then I mopped up the water with a kitchen towel. This was repeated across the card almost to the right hand edge where I used an oriental script stamp.
    Before the ink dried I spread Cosmic Shimmer Mica Powder Enchanted Gold over the entire card and brushed off the excess. The powder only sticks to the wet ink and not the dried off water stamping, this is my twist for The Technique Twist challenge. There is no need to seal this as the powders have a binding agent in them activated by moisture but if you feel happier doing so I would recommend hairspray.
    Once this was completely dry I stamped and embossed in gold a small phrase in the top right hand corner, placed a delicate black paper cut of a lady given to me by Karen and finished it off with a Mizuhiki cord knot. I have layered the image up with dark green and light green before mounting on to a black card blank.
    I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Make My Monday - A Non-Inked Stamp
The Technique Twist - Water Stamping

Don't forget, if you'd like to see more oriental cards then pop back on Sunday afternoon.

10 comments:

  1. Rocky, very very cool twist on the technique! Love the shimmer! and a very elegant card! Thanks for joining us!

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  2. This is gorgeous Rocky! I love your shimmery background & Oriental flair! The cord is a perfect accent to the card! Thanks for joining us at The Technique Twist! :)

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  3. This is simply spectacular! I love your twist on the water stamping technique...what a stunning card! Thanks for join us at The Technique Twist!

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  4. Rocky this is gorgeous! I love that yummy zesty green - it reminds me of lush limes! I'm sorry I was a bit late posting but I got there in the end. Hope you had a good time demonstrating and have had a good weekend! Karen x

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  5. Awesome love your colouring and the technique. Thanks for joining us at MMM. Caz

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  6. Bravo on the Oriental push and the bamboo turned out spectacular. I'm guessing Adding the mica sure made it a wow IRL! Thank you for sharing your TWIST with the team!

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  7. Hi Rocky!
    Your card was featured on The Technique Twist's Facebook page today! https://www.facebook.com/#!/TheTechniqueTwist
    Julz :)

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  8. Very beautiful job. Looove the shimmer effect. Is so elegant. Great idea to use the water stamping with a background stamp ;) Tx for participating in the Technique Twist. Blessings, Jess

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  9. Really beautiful card Rocky. The subtle shimmer really shows in your photo and the silhouette looks amazing against that wonderful background. Love the mizuhiki touch too (must dig mine out as it's been hiding for too long)
    Thanks for joining in over at Make My Monday
    Fliss x

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