February 20, 2015

Happy Birthday Nan!

Do you have a life long friend? One who goes back as far as you can remember? I am blessed to have Nan in my life and today I celebrate her birthday. 

My parents and Nan's parents attended the same high school in our small home town. Nan's mom styled my mom's hair on her wedding day. Years later, our mom's shared a room at the hospital and Nan and I were in the nursery together! You really can't go back much further than that with a friend unless you're a twin! From kindergarten through high school Nan and I were classmates. Between our junior and senior year of high school we travelled through Europe together for a month. We were maids of honor for each other's weddings. Her husband John and I passed notes in study hall in middle school and when he married Nan, he knew he was getting a "two for"! Their children and grandchildren are almost like my own. She's an amazing woman, my Nan!

My project today features Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantelope and Coastal Cabana. I've been on a Blendability streak - playing, really practicing, so I can teach a class in the near future.

For the base of this card I tried a technique new to me.

Tip: Material needed: glossy card stock (retired), clear bag (I used a 1 gallon zip loc), Blendabilities, rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle.

I cut 2 pieces of glossy card stock to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. One of the pieces I laid down on my work surface. I laid the zip loc bag over the top of the piece and secured it onto my work surface with tape. Using my Blendabilities, I randomly colored the portion of the plastic bag that covered the card stock. For the next step I sprayed the colored portion of the plastic bag and with glossy side down, I laid the piece of card stock onto the wet ink, patted it down and pulled it up. You can slide it, swirl it, shift it - each movement creates a different texture to the image.

After letting the ink dry, I stamped my image with Memento Black ink, hit it with my heat tool to dry and colored it with Blendabilities.

No two images will be the same. You almost have to wait to see how the image turns out before you can decide what to stamp on it. I made several backgrounds, simply wiping off the plastic bag before starting in once again. Warning! It can get a bit addictive!

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