I was so excited ( and worried) when Robin asked me to join her incredible design team... did I really want my card surrounded by cards made by 3 of the artists I admire most? Well, I decided that the best way to keep improving is to hang out with the people that inspire you. When I saw the challenge was to use flowers, sunflowers popped into my head. This was going to be a simple mosaic card. Somewhere along the way, " simple" morphed into " everything but the kitchen sink" , and I probably would have used the kitchen sink if it was the right color. I made the mosaic stamp last year for a challenge that required us to make our own stamp. In that box that most of us have for " things I might need one day" I had left over pieces of rubber from unmounted stamps. I cut these into random shapoed pieces and glued them onto an acrylic block, leaving spaces around each piece. I stamped the sunflower a few times and colored with copics. Then I stamped over the colored image with my mosaic stamp and clear versa fine ink. I heat embossed with UTEE. Then I held my breath, crossed my fingers, and sponged black ink all over the sunflowers that I had colored so carefully. The embossing acts as a resist and when you wipe the black ink off it only stays in the places where the spaces between the rubber were. It is called a mosaic technique, but I think it looks like broken pottery. I colored and fussy cut some extra leaves and flowers. The swirly vines are made from a IO swirl tree that I cut up. I added some stickles just for fun. I hope you will play along... it will look like the Rose Parade in April. TFL, Francie
Date: Thursday, April 2, 2015 GMT Views: 1665
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Registered: May 18, 2004 Location: Southwest Michigan Posts: 30113
Fri, Apr 03, 2015 @ 8:51 AM
Wow, is this ever cool! I love that mosaic technique done with your home made stamp - I am impressed! I love sunflowers and you've colored yours beautifully. The papers and gingham ribbon you chose look wonderful together with your focal image.
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Registered: August 15, 2007 Location: Twin Cities MN Posts: 36122
Fri, Apr 03, 2015 @ 9:30 AM
OMG leftover rubber pieces..and I've been tossing mine all these years!! That mosaic technique is so cool...WOW! Amazing coloring ..love sunflowers to begin with...fab details (b/w checked bow)...this card is an A+...believe me your addition to the design team is well deserved..you have nothing to worry about ;)
Registered: March 31, 2008 Location: Eastlake, OH Posts: 22708
Fri, Apr 03, 2015 @ 7:15 PM
Francie, this is AMAZING! There is so much to take in that I had to go back and look several times! Your techniques are incredible and love the idea that you made your own stamp! You ARE a talented artist and so happy you joined the team!