The more observant among you may have noticed that this blog is sporting a rather natty new DT badge, for the Ikesworld Chalenge Blog. Ike, who designs excellent digital stamps has recruited two teams for a three-month tour of duty and I am honoured to be a member.
The theme for this month is "Awareness". October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and many of us will know someone who has suffered from this awful disease. Through continuing research, the outlook for many sufferers these days is more hopeful provided the diagnosis is early enough, but too many women still die too young.
The digi is available for free from Ike for the duration of the challenge. I coloured it digitally (I used Photoshop) and printed it onto inkjet acetate and backed it with Centura Pearl card. This time I took care to keep it away from the cat, who has a thing about licking plastic - the last time I left a printed piece lying around she washed it for me...
I embossed another bit of Centura Pearl using the "Tied Together" Couture Creations folder, cut the aperture with a Go Kreate die and painted it with acrylic paint in a pale pink. Once it was dry I went over it with a wash of pale pink with a bit of pastel green mixed in. While it was drying, I coloured some copy paper by spraying it with water then splatting (technical term) Distress Stains all over it, spraying mica spritzers onto it and then scrunching it up into a ball while still wet and then opening it out VERY carefully to dry. I did one in pinks and one in greens.
By now the embossed card was dry (with a bit of help from the heat gun) so I drybrushed it in white to accentuate the highlights and gave it a couple of coats of Klear floor polish - now known as Pledge Multi-surface wax. This gives it a lovely satin sheen. I threw a bit of mica powder into the top coat as while I was at it. (One of these days some bright craft product manufacturer is going to wake up to how useful this stuff is, call it a posh name and sell it in small bottles at £5.99 a throw. Fortunately, nobody has so far!)
Back to the coloured paper now, I finished off the drying process by ironing the paper and then die-cut multiple layers of my favourite flower and foliage Spellbinders dies (I folded the paper twice and the dies coped very well with the layers of paper). While I was at it, I cut four ornate corner pieces (Marianne's dies) out of glitter paper. I made the flowers by my favourite method.
After that it was just a matter of assembling the whole thing.
If you haven't already done so, why not hop over to Ike's World and see what my teamies have created - and how about joining in? If you use the free digi or another of Ike's images you're in with a chance of winning a $15 prize certificate, which can't be bad!
Also entering this in
Designed To Color- Use a Die
Tuesday Throwdown - Awareness