Sunday, August 12, 2007
Many years ago, our stamp club was asked to submit cards to be displayed on a board at Stampaway USA in Cincinnati. This was my card on the board.
The central element is a piece of chipboard which I first edged with a gold marker. I then covered the top of the chipboard with Matte Medium. While still wet, I rubbed Pearl Ex powders in Super Copper and Aztec Gold, and Powdered Pearls in Jade unto the surface. When that had dried sufficiently, I painted a second thin coat of matte medium to seal the surface. After the chipboard piece had completely dried, I stamped several clock images, a pen nib, and the faux mail mark; mail late train delayed onto the surface using black waterproof ink. I then heat set the ink with my heat gun.
Next I daubed clear embossing fluid over the entire surface of the piece, immediately dipping it into clear embossing powder and heating with my heat gun. Once the embossing powder melted, I sprinkled on one coat of Holographic embossing powder and continued heating and adding clear Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel onto the surface until I had a nice even shiny surface. I allowed the surface to cool enough that it would not stick and then I stacked a pile of phone books on top of the piece and set it aside overnight. This step prevents too much warping of the chipboard.
The next day, I made a card out of black recycled confetti paper and glued the chipboard to the front with a Tombow blue gluestick and again set it aside under the phonebooks to dry. When finished I took a bronze gel pen and drew a thin line bordering the central piece.
This is one of my favorite techniques, and you will see it used in other pieces that I have made.