Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Vive Le Paris! - Artist Trading Cards

"Ah, Paris.  Such beauty.  Such life.  Such love." said in my worst "bad French" accent!  I'm a francophile at heart.

A dear friend of mine generously sent me a set of Fiskars "Paris" stamps which I knew would be perfect for this swap.  I also went to Michael's and scored some really pretty scrapbook paper and some pale pink glitter glue.

I started out using Distress Inks (my go to for backgrounds) in Tea Dye and Victorian Velvet.  I really should have used Old Paper instead of Tea Dye, but I didn't realize it until I was halfway through the cards.  I was going for a "soft powder room" type of romantic Paris.  Oh well.  I stamped the Graphic 45 "Harlequin Background" stamp in Rusty Hinge and heat set everything.  Using Rusty hinge looked great over the Tea Dye, but was way darker than I wanted for my cards.  But I kept going to see what would happen.  I stamped the Carte Postal stamp in Worn Lipstick and a Fleur de Lis in Walnut Stain. 

I used my Cricut Expression to cut circles and scallops from my pretty scrapbook paper and adhered that to my cards.  I really didn't think my Eiffel Tower would stand out well, so I had a rare stroke of genius.  I used my finger and carefully smeared some Spun Sugar Distress Paint where I wanted my Tower to be.  Voila!  It toned down the card and I was back to that "misty soft" look I wanted.  Not to mention, it helped give me the pink I'd lost.

I stamped the word "Paris" along the right edge in a metallic Studio G ink which got fairly lost in the Spun Sugar.  but I like how it stood out on the scallops and faded away so I kept it.  After stamping my Post Mark and Address, I added tiny brads in each corner (not sure why.  I could have left them out, but I did one for a test, and it just went from there.) and placed little dots of the pale pink glitter glue.

Once the glitter glue dried, I added little strokes with a silver gel pen - they're either stars or fireworks depending on your own interpretation.  I noticed that when dry, the glitter looks like it has some gold in it - I think that's the glitter glue itself rather than it picking up distress ink, but I'm not sure.  As it is, it "works" because it ties the background color in with the top layer.

Little Paris Postcards.  

Materials Used:

Distress Ink - Worn Lipstick, Victorian Velvet, Tea Dye, Rusty Hinge, Walnut Stain
Distress Paint - Spun Sugar
Stamps - Fiskars Simple Stick Stamps - Teresa Collins - Paris
Recollections Scrapbook Paper
Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black
Studio G Ink - Metallic Pink
Studio G Glitter Glue - Pale Pink
Spare-Parts Brads - various colors
Fiskars Silver Gel Pen

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