Wednesday, December 14, 2011

12 Days of Christmas - Day 8

On Day 8, Tim went full on steampunk:

And this is the style that I think is typical Tim. It's not typical Rona though, and doesn't scream Christmas card to me. I still love the way it looks, and I knew I could pull a couple of things from it.

First, in his technique, he showed how one can stamp with acrylic paint, and then distress ink afterwards and the stamped image would resist the ink. I gave it a go with a Hero Arts stamp I've had for a while and wanted to try. Then, I added a rub on.  Ended up nice, simple, and clean.

But, I needed to "Tim it up" a bit... so I pulled out the gears (and my Cameo :) ). I used the Cameo to cut out a bunch of gears in green. In the Studio, I welded a bunch together in a wreath formation. I inked the edges of them to add some dimension.  A few, I sprayed with Perfect Pearls to get some shimmer.    

So, when I was spraying with the Pearl, I noticed that the background looked pretty cool. My daughter said they looked like snowflakes (Tim, you can use this idea if you like :) ). So, I added this to the card for background. I had to iron it to flatten it out again afterwards. 

I punched a couple of gears out of acrylic to use as stenciling, and then added some alcohol ink to green them up. I like how the droplets of pearls are still there.

Then, I stole Tim's idea and coloured some pearls...

Finally, I assembled my card.  The "wreath" is on the bottom, and a few loose gears are added on top with foam tape.  The acrylic gears are along the edges acting like gears. I was trying to come up with some kind of pun on gears to put inside, but "give 'em the gears" didn't sound very festive, so I went with "Merry Christmas" instead. LOL.

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