I created this card for the new Mix-Ability Challenge. This week's challenge is "Yin Yang", and we're asked to use something matte and something shiny on our cards. I used gesso to create a matte background for my heart. I have two "shiny" things on my card: I used heat embossing on my heart and I created a "raindrop" background using crinkled paper, Versamark and Glassy Glaze.
I started by applying gesso to a piece of patterned paper that was black with white hearts. (I was hoping a bit of the pattern would show through, but I was a bit too heavy-handed with the gesso.) I used a heat gun to dry the panel because I'm too impatient to watch paint dry! I stamped my image over the gesso with Rose Red craft ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder, then cut around the image to create the heart shape. Because the patterned paper is very light-weight, I cut a smaller-sized heart from chipboard (so it wouldn't be noticeable) and adhered it to the back of the stamped heart to give it some stability on the card.
Next I got to work on my shiny panel. I spritzed a piece of black card stock with water, then crumpled it. Once it was nicely crumpled, I flattened it out a bit and ran my heat gun over it to be sure all the water had dried. I rubbed Versamark all over it, then applied Glassy Glaze. I heat set the Glassy Glaze to create a shiny, wet look that reminds me of raindrops.
I wrapped red and white baker's twine around the black piece. I adhered the black piece to a panel of red card stock, then adhered the red piece to a black card base that was cut to 4" x 5 1/2" (slightly smaller than an A2 card). I attached the heart to the shiny black panel using thick foam dimensionals and placed Zots on top of the dimensionals to really help the heart stick to the black panel.