Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Love bears all things...........

Had to use another of my bears from Impression of Faith...they have been longing to come out and play for a loooooooooooooooong time, poor things! Broke out the mineral spirits too...something about bears...they just beg to be colored with Prismacolor pencils and OMS...not gonna reinvent the wheel - here are some great tutorials on this technique:

Gina K's Video

Anna Wight's Tutorial

SCS Tutorial

I have an off-brand of OMS, not Gamsol.....and it is a wonder that they're able to market it as 'odorless' cuz it sure is not!

I had to try, since everyone's talkin' about using their rolling pins with cuttlebug folders and I don't HAVE any....to use my rolling pin with a Fiskars texture plate, which I rarely use because I don't have the right tools.......usually I just try to find the grooves from the back of the cardstock and emboss by hand with the end of a paintbrush! (I know, how uncool.......) The plate I used is a polka-dotted one. I spritzed the cardstock with water first, then taped it to the plate, covered with a piece of craft foam, then rolled. Not sure if you can really tell....but it did work~! I liked the results better with 24# paper, but I don't like using lighter weight paper on cards, besides that it warped a bit from the spritzing. Saying is by Hero Arts and the star flower is from a TAC set. This layout is sketch challenge 105, which I missed! I love the partial circle element....I cut those with my Coluzzle...and I cut inside the white layer, so I have another circle to use on another card, another day! ("Oh, the cleverness of me!" --Peter Pan (I've been reading that to my son this week......!))

One more trick - I usually can't stand having un-layered layers, but I found if I flip a layer over and score 1/8" from each edge, it gives a little frame effect and doesn't need a layer. So that's done on the bear layer.

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