July 13, 2021

No Coordinating DSP? No Problem!

 Yay! Another baby celebration! My neighbor's daughter has struggled for years with infertility and recently gave birth to Finley. Grammie was so excited throughout the pregnancy and kept many of the neighbors updated on the baby (and mommy's) progress.

Finley's birth gave me a reason to plan a gathering of neighbors in the post-COVID world. It's been many months since any of us have gotten together. For a gift, I suggested purchasing a children's book that Grammie can read to Finley. Scrolling through Amazon was agonizing as I viewed titles of the MANY books that are in the library I created when my son was born, so many incredible choices!

When putting thoughts to the card I was going to make, I struggled with not having DSP in pink tones -oh what to do! I put my brain to remembering and came up with the Polished Stone technique. I forgot how beautiful this is!

The background truly looks like polished stone, each piece unique. Haven't tried this technique? Click here for a tutorial and gallery of samples. All you need is glossy paper (the kind you use to print photos), rubbing alcohol, a cotton ball, and ink refills. I used silver metallic, Roccoco Rose, Blushing Bride and Powder Pink Tips: I didn't have a refill for Roccoco Rose, so squeezed some into the lid of my ink pad and picked it up with the cotton ball - it worked!  I found the metallic ink took a bit of time to dry. Either set aside your paper to dry or dry it with your heat tool.

I made another card for a coworker who is having a boy using the same technique. The base card is Balmy Blue; the layer is Misty Moonlight. For the polished stone technique I used Silver, Balmy Blue (3 drops) and one drop of Night of Navy.

I finished the inside to allow enough room for coworker signatures.

You're going to get hooked on this technique. I invision backgrounds for sea images, beaches, masculine, floral and the list goes on. No need to every worry about a lack of coordinating DSP when you have this technique in your arsenol.

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