Friday, 21 August 2015

Glossy Poinsettia

Hello, Crafters

Here it is! The card that did something this week that left me confused!

Yep, that's me, Confused of Coulsdon! LOL!

In the first photograph I have shown the wrong and right cards, side by side.

Although both poinsettias were coloured in Real Red, the left hand side card dried decidedly orange!

I have two theories of what could have gone wrong with the first card.

First, it could be that I put near a lamp to speed up the drying.

Second, I used ink from my ink pad which I'd squeezed into the lid and painted using a Blender Pen.

Interestingly, I learned something new this morning when I was watching another demonstrator's video tutorial on YouTube.

The demonstrator did some painting the same way as I had done and she advised that the pens should be stored horizontally, which is what I do with all my pens anyway.

But the interesting comment she made was that, the reason you should do this, is so the chemical in the pen reaches both ends of the pen.

I was told it was just water in the pen, not a chemical. 

I've made a note of this to check with Support when I phone them later today.

Anyway, I digress. Whether it's a chemical or just water in the Blender Pen, I wonder if there was a reaction with the Crystal Effects that caused the colour change.

I'd be very interested to hear if anyone has experienced the same problem or knows why this happened.
That's the saga of the card that reacted differently to the way I expected it to! 
I decided to try again! So, I re-created my card but coloured it using our Real Red Marker Pen - the card in the top photograph on the right hand side - and it worked beautifully!

This is how I made my card. I started with a card base of Whisper White with a layer of Real Red card stock.

The top Whisper White layer was dry embossed using the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder.

I used a template I'd made so the centre of my card didn't get embossed.

I've made a video showing how I made this card as well as how I made the embossing template.
I stamped the poinsettia image using Stazon in the centre of the card stock where it hadn't been embossed.

I don't think you should use Stazon on photopolymer stamps.

I made sure I cleaned it immediately with Stazon Cleaner and than with our Stampin' Mist.

I coloured the petals with the Real Red Marker Pen and the leaves with the Old Olive Marker Pen.
I left it to dry thoroughly while I stamped the image. I use Real Red ink on Whisper White card stock.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set - Reason for the Season.

I punched it out with a 1.25" Circle punch and layered it onto a 1.5" Real Red Circle.

I adhered it in the bottom right hand corner using Dimensionals.  

I adhered this layer to my card base and very carefully covered the whole poinsettia with Crystal Effects, using the nozzle to push it into the points of the petals and leaves.

I left it to dry for a few hours and added the final touch of some Gold Glitz Dazzling Detail to the centre of the flower.
The saga of the "orange" poinsettia continued when I put the card together. It was originally on a Whisper White card base but now it's on an Old Olive base! Can you guess what I did?? Yes! I adhered the image upside down! DOH!!

To remedy this, I cut the card in half and made a larger base in Old Olive and attached it to the new base! Ah well, all's well that ends well!

Until tomorrow, happy crafting.


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