Thursday, January 14, 2010

this was the most fun i've had all year! (so far)

if you enjoy making a big splodgy mess with paints and inks and gesso... (& who doesn't??!) ...then you definitely need to check out this completely AWESOME tutorial by julie balzer* on using prima flowers as masks for a wonderful sprayed ink background! here's a card i made with my first attempt at this technique:**

(plain white cardstock: staples; glossy white cardstock: ranger; pink patterned paper: provocraft; gem flourish & flowers used as masks: prima (btw, said flowers which all cool & inky and then you smear 'em with gesso to get a cool mottled effect; julie b. used hers on her LO; i've saved mine for later) alphabet masks: heidi swapp; velvet flower & fancy brad: k&co; pen: sakura; spray inks: smoosh & glimmer mist; adhesives: tombow monorunner & sewing machine; other: dymo labeller, watercolor paints to drip and brush)

i really like how this came out...but next time i think i'll leave more of the masked bits *WHITE* instead of going back in with a layer of watercolors. it's not that they look bad, but in retrospect i really love the shadowy white bits up at the top right, and i wish there were more of those. still, i think this is quite an honorable first go! i need some more of those little smoosh spray thingies though, for sure, i can totally feel an addiction coming on! ♥♥♥

eta thursday night: many thanks to my lovely friend and jacksonbelle embellishments rockstar amy tsuruta for the suggestion that i enter this in jacksonbelle's current tuesday challenge, "blinging in the new year"!

*which darling stef sent me! i'm telling you, you NEED to check out her thursday link love posts...and by golly, today's thursday...we're just in time!!!

**i know, i know, just when you thought you'd seen it all: i have actually tried A TECHNIQUE! who'd've thunk it, eh??!) :)


  1. haha this is great!! I can totally see you making this the whole time going. "This is fun. Ooh but a techinque what am I getting myself into??" haha

    Gorgeous girlie! You ready to post your throw down card tomorrow for Body Hunter? I'm ready (surprisingly)

    Love the card!! Very pretty. :)

  2. ryn: haha that is exactly what i'm going to try my hand at. My next ornament will be get this....a flamingo! A truly Floridian Christmas ornament if I've ever thought of one. :)

    We'll see how it goes.

    As for the Bounty hunter card Yep its Valentiney!! ;)

    Have to do another dandelion this weekend for someone so I'll work on one for you too!

  3. beautifully done!! way to go with the new technique!!

  4. Oh m'gosh! SO cool, not to mention totally gorgeous! I absolutely love it!

    (-: Heidi

  5. Oh girlie, this is soooo gotta enter it into the Jacksonbelle bling challenge:) What a wonderful technique!

  6. Lauren..What a beautiful creation..Glad you had so much fun playing with the smoosh and glimmermist.. I love glimmermist and have a few bottles...If you try it on MM kraft paper 'multipack white' you will see some magic..

  7. Gorgeous card! Thanks for playing at Jacksonbelle:)

    (BTW, I love the name of your blog:) W

  8. This is just gorgeous! Thanks for playing along! I'd love to add your card to the customer gallery on Facebook. Let me know if that would be alright! :D


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