Sunday, March 16, 2014

Got Layers?

Cherri’s March Project … you just can’t have too many layers!  Follow these layers on the photo below … (1) outside folded card, (2) black mat sized 1/16th inch larger than, (3) custom background, (4) steampunk pony raised image, and (5) embellishments – ribbon and two brads.  See how easy that was!  As always, my thanks to Linda Malcom of Lost Coast Designs for the use of her stamps. Directions and another layered design using the steampunk grasshopper train  are shown below.

Now let’s create the custom background for the steampunk pony design.  Using the perspective floor stamp, mounted on a Tim Holtz 9 GRID ACRYLIC BLOCK for cling stamps inked with Memento tuxedo black, stamp the image onto to cardstock with a smooth surface*.  Next using the numbers border stamp, inked with Ranger Tim Holtz Distress ink in mustard seed, stamp the border aligned just above the previously stamped perspective floor stamp — using the grid of the acrylic block helps with alignment.  Repeat three more times — you may notice that one time I stamped the numbers upside down …oops, that actually added character and interest that I liked!
The background was then distressed using these Distress ink pad colors:  scattered straw, wild honey, mustard seed, rusty hinge, spiced marmalade and fired brick (refer to the Tim Holtz book “A Compendium of Curiosities” for distressing technique instructions).  If you single click the card image above, you can see the detail where I applied the ink pad directly the outside edges of the background (holding pad at a slight angle), as well as very lightly swiping the ink pad across the background.  It’s always best to practice this application on a scrap first.
Primary image and assembly.  Stamp the steampunk pony, again onto a smooth surfaced cardstock, using fired brick distress ink.  I almost always use off white cardstock for a softer appearance.  Cut out the image approximately 1/16th to 1/8th outside the image lines.  Lightly distress the cutout image using only a couple of the ink colors listed above.
Punch holes in the wheels and add brads.  Glue on the ribbon to the custom background and wrap it around to the backside.  Assemble all the pieces … background to black mat to folded card and finish by mounting the pony using glue dots or foam tape,  Enjoy and have a great day ... artfully yours, Cherri Robb!
*  Using MEMENTO INK PADS and a SMOOTH SURFACED CARDSTOCK allows for a better stamped imprint of the image, especially when there is a “solid” portion of the stamp.
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