Thursday, May 8, 2008

Encaustic Wax Horses

Spend a little time looking at the websites with Encaustic Wax art and you'll want to explore it yourself.
I was completely enthralled with the look and of course had to buy the wax and the iron. (No, crayons aren't the same type of wax, it doesn't move like the real stuff) I probably didn't need their craft iron but the price wasn't out of line and I leave it out to use for my other card making needs.
It takes a lot of playing to get it to look right, trust me, I wasted and used up a lot of glossy cardstock on things that didn't look good.
On this card, I stamped the horses first on the glossy cardstock with black archival ink. The stamps are from Sutter Stamps: They have awesome animal (especially horses) and scenic stamps for great prices.
Next I started moving the blue aroundthe sky to look like thunderstorms. I used the tip of the iron to color the horses and then with the green on the iron, I placed it on the bottom and then with the iron flat on the paper, just pulled up to make the grass look like grass. It's hard to explain but once you play, you know. Here is the site I got my stuff from and they have some awesome tutorials.
Here are the tutorials, since they're a little hard to find:
Like I said, it's fun to play with and if you never do a landscape, the wax makes great backgrounds too.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Cork Moose

Well, it's not really cork but cork paper I got from Evo, Evolving Images. It looks like cork but is paper!! I really like this as it doesn't add alot of thickness to your card. This is especially important with the new USPS rules and thickness and extra postage. I stamped the moose on the paper with black Archival ink. I got the striped paper at Hobby Lobby (gotta love it when they have 50% off paper) and someone gave me the corrugated cardstock. I even got the ribbon from Hobby Lobby also...50% off! It was a punch that made the bottom corner pieces.
It's not really a Wow card but I like it...It looks better in real life.
Moose stamp from Stampin Up! and Greeting from Dream Impressions.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Aged Tiles Card

Here is one I did using a stamp from Scottish Borders Stamps.
It's a technique from the Technique Junkie newsletter. I stamped the image and colored with Prisma colored pencils and blended with Gamsol and stubs. The piece of cardstock on the bottom right was a strip that I rounded the corners on. I was to cheap to purchase a punch that made those little strips so I made my own.

I hope you enjoy it!