Monday, May 10, 2010

I Dream In Colors

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These 2 pages are for another circle journal (I Dream In Colors) and they are for Gina Goodling. She is another one of the wonderful ladies I got to meet in Florida recently. The colors she chose to work in are numerous and are red, orange, black, sepia and gold. Here are some of the details of the work I did.

1. Both of the background pages were colored with plain old walnut ink in several layers to get it really dark. I then took a Moon Shadow Mist color called "Pirates Plunder Gold" and splattered it over the page while it was still wet. (You can't see a lot of it but the original plan was to just have the saying on the second page by itself.)

2. I started with the plastic packaging bubble and sanded the back of the resin bird so he would sit flat inside the bubble and rest flat on the background without falling over. I took a small birds nest and tore it apart then glued the various branches under the bird to look like a nest. I cut an oval out of red paper to cover the bubble and then glued a black and gold cord around the edge of the oval to cover the edges. (The edge of the paper is rubber with black chalk.) I then made a frame out of German scrap which I colored by rubbing a black ink pad over it to make the raised design pop out.

3. The row of eggs are simply plastic ones that I found and cut in half with a craft knife. I colored them a dark gold with alcohol ink and glued them to a dark brown piece of paper mounted on metallic gold paper.

4. The tree is a stamp from Tattered Angels that actually matches one of their stencils. The background for that tree is sprayed with the Glimmer mist recipe that Tim Holtz came up with that mimics the Tattered Angels sprays. (I can't remember what colors I used because it was a scrap from another project.) The gold "brads" in the corners are actually decorative furniture tacks that I cut the posts off of.

5. The bird cage is a new die cut from the Tim Holtz line called Alterations and is in partnership with Sizzix. I cut it out of a metallic gold piece of matt board scrap I had. The bird is a stamped image but I can't remember what company makes it. I then hung orange/red crystal drops from the holes in the bottom of the cage and added a small piece of sheet music in the corner.

6. The upper box with the birds sitting on the telephone wire is a border punch made by Martha Stewart. The background was a piece of brown paper with a scroll design on it. I inked the edges with Distress ink and then glued on gold skeletonized leaves.

7. On the second page the border along the bottom is a EK Success punch that I colored with Distress ink and a foam blender pad. The ribbon was a "Halloween" find and the flowers I colored and stamped myself.

8. The bird in the upper corner is done using the inlaid embossing technique that I talked about and taught while in Florida. (I know I still owe a tutorial on that one. Sorry! I haven't done it yet.) Basically you cover a chipboard piece with a Versamark ink pad and powder then emboss it with a heat gun. (I usually like to do 2 coats to make sure I didn't miss any spots.) Then you stamp another image with the Versamark pad and emboss like normal using a contrasting color. I used Zing embossing powder in Mustard for the background and Moon Glow Two-Tone embossing powder by Lindy's Stamp Gang in Midnight Bronze Obsidian.

The rest is pretty easy to figure out by looking at it but if you want to know for sure just email me and ask.

2 comments:

Janet Ghio said...

Love the colors and love your arrangement of all the elements. I'm sure she will love it!

JoZart said...

The pages are stunning. Wonderful use of the colour shades and composition. Love them.
Best Wishes
Jo