Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Thinking of You Card

I have a confession to make...I'm addicted to crack....Helmar's 2 step Crackle medium that is!!! I love this stuff. I've been playing with it a LOT lately and wanted to try it while working with a stamped and colored image. I stamped the image with memento tuxedo black and colored her with Copics. I do want to advise you to ALWAYS test first to make sure what you use, in this case, Helmar's 2 step Crackle Medium will not react or mess up your work. I know it takes me some time to color an image and I would've been heartbroken so I tested on another colored image I already had laying around. And I was SO happy when it WORKED! So, here is my card:

I used the recently release Blush Society Blush Bonnie from The Greeting Farm and paired her with this fabulous October Afternoon papers. I stamped the sentiment directly on the ribbon that I made using Glimmer Mist and seam binding. I used Helmar 450 Quick Dry to adhere the ribbon and bow to the card. Helmar 450 Quick dry is the best when adhering sheer ribbon like this.

Here is a close up of the image covered with Helmar 2 Step Crackle Medium. I first colored the image and inked the edges with Tea Dye Distress Ink, then I covered the entire image with Step 1 and waited about 10-15 mins before adding Step 2. It's been super hot here so I didn't have to wait the full 24 hours for the cracks to start appearing which was awesome! I think it really only took about 30 mins and then I went over the entire surface with more Tea Dye Distress Ink and wiped off the excess with a damp paper towel which just left ink in the cracks for more dept. I love how it turned out.

Be sure to check out the Helmar Facebook page all week for live updates, pics, & interviews with Tracy while she is at CHA!!! :D

Challenges I'm Playing:
Deconstructed Sketch - #10
Simon Says Stamp - Anything goes



Jen Shults said...

This is gorgeous Carisa! I love love love that crackle finish over the image and your fantastic coloring! LOVE this! Thanks for using this week's sketch. :)

Bumbles and Fairy-Tales said...

Beautiful! I love the way the crack-ed looks over Bonnie! Amazing card :)
hugs, margie

Maria Therese said...

Gorgeous card! So cool with the crackles!!

tracey said...

Amazing card carisa. I love how you've colored her dress. What colors did you use for her hair? it's gorgeous.

Shan said...

Another amazing card from you!!

Theresa said...

This is amazing! Love the coloring - I like how you got the folds in her dress. Beautifully done.

Paula said...

Oh wow, your card look great and the crackle effect is perfect!! Looks like really cool stuff!

Jolanda said...

OMGosh...what a fantastic card. I like the crackle effect. And your colouring is amazing.
Hugs Jolanda

LORi said...

Fantastic Card!! Great detail and technique! You ROCK!! Hugs -LORi

Grandma Bonnie said...

Awesome, awesome...i want to play. I am going to give this a go for the next TGF challenge i do...so cool. Hope i make you proud!