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Sunday, 29 September 2019

Born to Shine Wiper Card

Happy Sunday!

With the start of both my six weeks Countdown to Halloween and twelve week Countdown to Christmas during the week, I thought I'd devote Sundays to something that's not "festive"!  

As a child I remember Mum taking me to ballet classes, and as an adult, I took my daughter to hers. It was an extra-curricular activity which was good for the soul and quite by accident, the accompanist at her ballet school broke her wrist from a fall and they had no-one to play the piano.  I was a bit rusty, but rather than no music for the classes,   I volunteered on the understanding it would only be temporary.   Years passed, my daughter left, and I was still "filling" in many years later until I moved away.

So this stamp set has a special meaning!     Do you want to know how I made this wiper card?.....then read on!                                                             


Guilty as charged of being a lazy "artist", so I simply  applied two thirds of  ink on a clean   clear block the same size as my watercolour paper card front in Blushing Bride, and a third with Crumb Cake ink.  I spritzed the block and watercolour paper with water  and then smooshed it together to create this background.   I did something similar in a previous post which  you can see  HERE if you missed it.

I dried it with a heat tool before going over it with an embossing buddy to prevent static, inked the stamp with versamark before inking with Calypso Coral to heat emboss with clear embossing powder. This helps prevent any bleeding from the image.  Incidentally, by using this two step method, you can emboss in any colour ink.

To get the skin tones, I simply used an aqua painter to lift the paint from her legs, arms, face and neck and used the Calypso Coral Stampin' Blends combo to colour her dress.  You see, there's method in my choice of background colour in Blushing Bride!

The Stamparatus was pressed into play because I wanted to stamp the sentiment several times to create a darker Crumb Cake tone, and then I stamped the stars free hand. The colour graduation of the stars was simply achieved by not re-inking the stamp each time I stamped another set of stars.


I adhered two pieces of scrap Very Vanilla large enough to hold the second ballerina and clear embossed the outline before colouring her in with Stampin' Blends in Calypso Coral combo, Ivory, and light Daffodil Delight, then fussy cut the top half of the figure which would pop up. The double stack was to give added strength to the figure.  As an afterthought, you could used water colour paper instead to achieve the same effect.   I made a little video below to show how it moves.




Here are the supplies I used.




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