Sunday 27 November 2022

Mica Magic Northern Lights

     Mica Magic is mica powder in an almost cream like form, a bit like eyeshadow but please do not use it as makeup. It can be applied with a sponge or on your finger, a brush would work but tends to hold onto the powder so you end up using more. The effects you can achieve with this product are many and varied, this one is a Northern Lights background inspired by a You Tube video from Kevin Nakagawa, he used ink pads for his background.
     All but the black came from the new Dawn Aurora pallet and were applied using the reverse of a piece of  Cut N Dry Foam. The back of the foam is quite firm and doesn't bend so it applies the mica perfectly over embossed surfaces as well as smoothly onto flat card, this is a tip I picked up from the talented Dot when using gilding wax.
     Starting with the lightest colour first I added streaks of yellow and lime green in one direction across my white card, building up with darker green and black.
     The white stars were made using a Posca pen held over the card and tapped with the edge of a ruler to make it splatter.
     Once complete the background was buffed gently with a soft cloth to get a subtle shine. The scenic layer was die cut using a die from JND Snow Scenes in black card, then stuck onto the background with redline tape to make sure it didn't fall of the shiny surface. The scenic background was then matted onto a black layer.
     To find a perfect match for the green mat was almost impossible so I made one using the same green Mica Magic used in the background to colour a piece of white card, only the edge needs to be coloured as the rest is covered.
     My green mat was then added to a black card blank, I tried it on white but it didn't look right, with the scenic layer being added with 2mm double sided foam tape to give a little lift.
      All that remained was to add the die cut Silent Night in black, which was actually cut from the centre of the black mat layer, and embellish with a couple of amber gems. I would love to see the Northern Lights but until I do then trying to make them on card will have to do.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
ABC Christmas - W~white/X~xtra special  
The 12 Months of Christmas - #94 Anything Christmas
CraftyHazelnut's Christmas - #622 Anything Christmas
Merry Little Christmas - #47 Anything Christmas
The Sisterhood Of Crafters - Anything Christmas

Wednesday 2 November 2022

Autumn Butterfly


     This months challenge at The Paper Funday is Anything Goes with an optional twist of Autumn Colours. I love the colours of Autumn so I chose to use them on a butterfly.
     The butterfly was stamped using a John Next Door media plate and a selection of dye based inks, the main body of the silhouette being in yellows with a touch of rusty orange around the outside.
     To get the shimmering flowers the inked image had to completely dry then using the same media plate a stencil was laid on top and a generous layer of Versamark was added to the media plate. This was then stamped on top of the coloured shape and dusted with pearl mica powder. A very light spray of an in-expensive hairspray was used to fix the mica.
     To finish of the image panel some silhouette stamps were used with Versafine black ink and then the sentiment was added.
     To get the same shade of orange as a mat layer a plain white layer was coloured but only around the edge that would be seen, then a black mat layer before going onto a white card blank.
     You will see that the card changes with the angel of view, the mica is always there but when it catches the light it really shines.
     Come along and join us at The Paper Funday with your creations this month, we have lots of inspiration to help get you started.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Try It On Tuesday - Sparkle and Shine
Sunday Stamps - SSC295 Autumn Bounty     (Top Cup)
Art Impressions - #339 Stencil or Mask