Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Lavendar Bloomin' Hydrangeas

Here is the final card given to our Moms. It is made using the Bloomin' Beautiful set in the Occasions Mini.

I stamped the image with Stazon ink and the outlined the image using the Metallic Art Pencils. If you have never tried the Metallic pencils, this is a fun technique perfect for them.

After I outlined the image using the Metallic pencils, I used a Q-tip dipped in a small amount Baby Oil to "color" the image in. The chemical properties of baby oil have a similar effect on the Metallic pencils as glamsol would...but no bad odor! (...and if you don't like baby powder smell....they now have baby oil that is lavendar scented!)

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Here are some important tips for this technique:
  • Don't use a lot of baby oil on the will bleed through the paper. Watercolor paper can be used, but the image doesn't come out looking as detailed.
  • Use a different Q-tip "end" for each color....if not, the colors will mix on the image.
  • The more pencil used when outlining, the darker/bolder the finished product will be.
  • Baby Oil will work the same way for the Pure Color pencils as well. However, it does not work for the watercolor pencils.
Also, I use an empty plastic tealight holder to put the baby oil in while I'm using it. It's perfect for a very small amount and easily washes out with soap.

I used the folowing Metallic pencil colors on the image:
  1. Charteuse - Leaves and the "shadow"
  2. Lilac - Petals
  3. Pink - Petals
  4. Champagne - Petals
  5. Bronze - Flower Pot

Also, on the Whisper White ribbon, I used my Pale Plum marker to color the edges of the ribbon. You can do this with any of the ribbon colors. It is a great way to personalize your ribbon.

Stamps: Bloomin' Beautiful, Holidays & Wishes
Card Stock: Pale Plum, Lavendar Lace, Whisper White
Inks: Black Stazon,Pale Plum marker
Accessories: Whisper White ribbon, Metallic art pencils
Non-SU! Accessories: Q-tips, Baby Oil

Once you try this technique, you will see how easy it is and how wonderful your projects come out.

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