We always try really hard to send sample cards that utilize the size and color of the Art Squares that a store has ordered. At the same time, we often stretch a bit trying new techniques or different sizes and colors.
This card was made by covering a 2" white Twinchie Square with strips of Washi Tape and then running the square through a die cut machine. (we did a couple of earlier posts in April using a masking paper technique that is similar) This technique is perfect with Art Squares because the die cuts into the square and through the Washi Tape or masking paper, but not through the Art Square. After you run the die and square through the machine gently peel away either the image (as in this case) or the background. The die is from Savvy Stamps and the sentiment is from Rubbermoon.
It's been a while since we worked on photo cards and creating them is a guilty pleasure because not only do you reminisce about where you took the photos, but they are really fun to put together. This was created using a 7/8" square punch and black 1" Inchie Squares - leaving a perfect 1/16" margin around every photo. The sentiment is from Savvy Stamps.
With the appearance of so many different types of inks and sprays, paints and dies in the marketplace it is really fun to experiment. We were recently introduced to Splash Inks (thank you Karen!) and have begun tinkering with them - they are unbelievable!
First lightly tack down 5 white 1" Inchie Squares on your work surface making sure they fit tightly together. Create squiggles all over the squares 'like waves' with a Versamark pen. Next stamp the Rubbermoon fish in two different pigment ink colors across the Art Squares. Dust the entire surface with clear embossing powder and heat set. Using an egg shell palette, place 1 drop of blue Splash Ink in the well and add about a half a teaspoon of water to lighten and dilute the color. Apply this color with a brushpen over all of the squares - repeat - revealing the white Versamark 'waves'. Separate the squares a tiny bit when you mount them on the card.
Working with Splash Inks is like opening a Pandoras box, stay tuned for future posts using these fabulous acrylic mixing colors.
(and if you want to see these sample cards in person, visit Wolfs Head Crafts in Chorley, Lancashire!)