Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Thanks to CTMH's Florentine

There are so many really nice paper packets and stamps in the new Spring CTMH Idea Book, that I don't know which to share next!  It was my turn to host another challenge over at Crafting By Designs so I jumped on the opportunity to share more product.
This card features so many fun things.  First off, the pattern paper is from Florentine.  Florentine is a terrific muted color, antique looking paper packet that I plan to use for the remainder of those Europe trip pictures I have.  The "Thanks" is from one of those great "A" sized stamp sets.  I love these...they are only $6.95 and are so very usable.  More about how I did that background later.  Anyway, the little flower in the bottom corner is from the new Paper Flower Embellishments.  As soon as I can find some time, I will scrap some of those Europe pictures and really show off Florentine!

Because this card was made for a challenge, I wanted to do something interesting.  I dug out my alcohol inks to do the background.  I cut a piece of glossy card stock (alcohol inks need glossy paper.)  I filled my felt applicator with butterscotch ink and gold and randomly blotted it on the paper.  Next, I added the the mixative solution to "break" the color apart on the paper.  This step creates the marble look.  I heat embossed the "Thanks" in Cocoa powder.  The alcohol inks create a really wonderful background.  And, I am planning a workshop featuring this technique.

Don't forget to take a look at the Close To My Heart new Spring Idea Book.  It is one of the nicest IB's in recent memory!  For Now, Happy Crafting!


Cynthia said...

Looove the alcohol ink background! And the card colors are gogeous!!

MomsBeenScrappin said...

Cindy this is a gorgeous card - the colors are so rich and elegant. Love it!!
Doris :)

Francis Ames said...

This card looks great! I can see the raised letters from the heat embossing. Thanks for sharing the ink technique it adds a really nice element to the card.

Anonymous said...

This card is a step above. I especially like the embossed sentiment. Lovely job! :-)