Ink Or Dye 2011

It’s a new year!  And we’ve revamped our format a bit.  We are still taking turns doing monthly projects but rather that a specific card, we are concentrating on techniques.

In January, Margy showed us how to create some very artsy backgrounds using glossy paper, ink, water and salt.

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I must confess, although I made a number of these backgrounds, I’ve yet to transform them into cards.  The card pictured here is Margy’s sample.  I just love it!

This month it was my turn.  I demonstrated a retiform technique.  There are so many possibilities and it has quickly become one of my favorites.  It is also a very quick way to whip out some fabulous cards.

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We are still doing our card and ATC exchanges.  January was an open theme. 

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My card was created from a copy of an actual photo of my great grandparents dry cleaning delivery truck.

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My ATC was inspired from one I found in Jill Haglund’s “Rubber Stamping Artist Trading Cards”.  Albert Einstein is my son’s idol so I couldn’t resist doing this ATC.  Thinking he would be thrilled with my creation, I made an extra one for him as well.  Much to my dismay he wanted to know, “What is this for?”  I told him that my friends and I trade them and they are our version of Pokemon cards.  He has his displayed on the mirror in his room so apparently he did appreciate my efforts!

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In our exchange, I received Barb’s card complete with matching bookmark!  She went all out and also included a decorated envelope and labels.

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I received Ramona’s ATC.  Inspired by the cold weather we’d been having, hers featured a blue giraffe.

Moving forward, our exchanges will be design challenges.  The project person will bring in a stamp that will be the image we use for our cards and some sort of embellishment that will be used on our ATCs. 

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Our image for February was of chickadees perched on a pine branch.

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The ATC embellishment was a botanical mulberry paper.

It was so much fun to see what everyone came up with!  Lots of creative ideas!

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I colored my image using colored pencils and gamsol.  I also glittered the snow.

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I received Margy’s card in the exchange.  She water colored her image and pop dotted the glistening snow.

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The botanical paper made me think of spring.  I used it for the background on my ATC and stamped some images on it.

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I received Barb’s ATC.  Again this month she made bookmarks.  She also used the paper for her backgrounds but tore it rather than cutting it.

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Comments on: "Ink Or Dye 2011" (1)

  1. Can’t believe you got my card and ATC both months so far! I really liked your chicadee card with the popped out snow! Thanks for doing the project on short notice–interesting technique!

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