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3.26.2013

CSS Around the Block

Good morning!  Today I'm sharing a card that was a little more experimental for me!  The Clear and Simple Stamps group project for today is "Around the Block."  The challenge is to use an acrylic block in a fun way to create a background!



I took some photos of the process, although I have to apologize for the poor quality- my husband was out that day with our "real" camera, so I had to use my phone.

 I'm embarrassed to admit that I don't have masking paper (I NEED to get some!).  Instead, I used some post-it note cardstock that I have.  I'm not even really sure where it came from, haha.  Well, as I said earlier, I was experimenting- so I rolled with it.

I die cut "joy," and adhered it to my cardstock, making sure to seal the edges.


Next, I inked up my acrylic block by randomly dabbing on some colors.


Here's what it looked like all inked up:


Next came the messy part. I sprayed the whole thing with some pinkish glimmer mist, and flipped it over onto my cardstock:




It actually looks pretty heinous at this point, doesn't it?!  I was almost certain that I would have to scrap the whole thing and start again.  But instead of giving up, I grabbed my heat tool to speed up the drying process.


I also misted the whole thing once more for good measure :)

I was aware that since I had a watery mess on my hands, some MUST have seeped through my "mask," and I was right.  But you know what? I actually really liked the look!


The colors are a little grungy looking above (again- camera phone pics), so here's the final card again so you can see what it looks like in real life:

The final steps include stamping the sentiment, drawing a thin black border, mounting it onto black cardstock then adhering a textured card base. Pretty cool, and definitely different from what I usually do!

Laura and CSS are also posting today, so please check them out!














My Utility Belt (tools I use often!)


6 comments:

  1. So artistic and pretty! The effect is truly lovely!

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  3. Very funky Jen! Love how the colours work together, and you get total kudos for doing something outside your comfort zone and even taking pictures along the way!!

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  4. So cool! I love how the background turned out and what a great idea to adhere the die cut to the block to get the lines around it!

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