Friday, February 26, 2016

The Resistance

Love the Muse album, but I'm not so sure about the (resist) techniques I've been playing with this week - all thanks to our Daring Cardmakers Inky Princess (Svenja) this week!
   simply ir-resistable 
- just make a card using some kind of resist technique.
Resist Technique has fascinated me ever since I first came across it. I think it’s just this magical moment when an image appears from a white background – like in the photography-lab back in school.
And there’s so many different ways to achieve the effect: you could use resist-ink like VersaMark, you could do an emboss-resist technique (ironing the embossed bits off or leaving them on, just as you like) or even use some wax to keep the colour off your paper (even a candle might do there).

The  Design Team have some great cards to share this week and you can see them all HERE
I found some interesting ideas, techniques and videos on the web when I went looking for inspiration, but I wasn't particularity happy with the results I got.  After all, when doing something that is going to be viewed on screen, you need them to show up well and some of the results are fab irl, but don't show so well on a photo.
So, with time running out, I reluctantly put those aside and resorted to a technique I've used before to make this

For this effect you apply plenty of ink to the upper section of an embossing folder, insert your card, then run it through your die cutting machine. The ink transfers to the cardstock in the "background" sections of the folder, so that the raised parts of the design stay white. 
Its not easy to get even coverage with this, but actually some variation in the depth of colour gives quite a nice effect, it might look a bit 'flat' if was too even.
I've not tried it, but I suppose you could try to use a couple of inks.  It might be tricky to get a good coverage, but maybe worth a try!
I cut a square aperture in the card blank and trimmed down the embossed panel before adhering to the inside
Then I inked up another piece of card, making the ink colour rather stronger and cut a frame to fit the front of the card and leaving a white border for the birdhouse image.  I should have used a larger square die for this - the border looked a bit too wide for my liking, but I think I drew attention away from it by using the sentiment around the corner (don't tell anyone it was a "fix", will you ;))
The flowers are made with die cuts of different sizes, which I've shaped with a ball tool and layered up

Tools and Materials
White card blank plus extra of the same card
Embossing folder (Crafters Companion)
Tumbled Glass Distress Ink 
Flower (white parts) Sue Wilson/Creative Expressions die - sorry, can't find the name
Flower Centres - from a couple of Memory Box die sets
Leafy Swirls die (Spellbinders)
Gems, Ice Stickles Glitter Glue
Sentiment - made with decal paper (Crafty Computer Paper)

That's it for this time, I shall now return to the sofa and nurse my cold!
Have a great weekend. Thanks for looking



Holley (Tondre) Barnhart said...

So beautiful, love that birdhouse stamp and the technique you used. Gorgeous work

Cathy Clowes said...

Fabulous card Kathy. The colours are great and I love how you've used the technique. Cathy x

Janet Packer said...

Great technique and a lovely card - must try this out!

Shabneez said...

Great tutorial Kathy - I've tried it before but a long time ago. Beautiful card and that colour is gorgeous! Shabneez xxx

Laine said...

So pretty and delicate looking Kathy. Love this technique and your colour palette!

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Kathy this is stunning I love what you have created. Thank you for the tutorial. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous card and love the birdhouse and those flowers. Gorgeous colours.

Hugs Jen xx

Wendy McCarthy said...

Looks fab Kathy! Gorgeous colour and I love the embossing technique you've used, lovely card! Xx

Kate M said...

That little birdhouse is fabulous. Love your emboss resist! Great card, love it!xx

PinkyLisasInkyCrafts said...

Gorgeous card. Such a beautiful colour and I love those flowers.

❤️ & hugs
Lisa xxxx

Gwyneth said...

A really lovely card.

Andree said...

A really pretty card Kathy. I love the technique you've used to create the image. I remember my first resist technique was Batik in high school. It's fascinated me since then - too many years to count xx

Svenja said...

Your card is fab, Kathy! I wouldn't have noticed the white frame it you hadn't mentioned it... why did you ever tell? A very clever fix, though - so thanks anyway :-P Thanks also for explaining your technique.
And get well soon!

Lea Brawn said...

Wow this is a gorgeous card Kathy. Great design x