Yep ... I SHOULD be napping ... but we're knee deep in play dates again today so I'm just putzing around and finishing off bits and pieces here and there.
I thought I'd post a picture of the Technique card we will be making in class this week ... using the "Marble Technique". Thanks to my friend Joan Jeffery (over at j-jcreations.blogspot.com) who recently made a card using this technique and made me realize that while I had HEARD of this technique I had never actually TRIED it!
First thing you need for this project is marbles! Naturally, having two DAUGHTERS and no SONS in our family I didn't have any marbles on hand (well ... I knew there was ONE hiding somewhere in the playroom ... but after quickly searching through 5 buckets of small toys I gave up, threw on my sunglasses and a hat and headed to the local dollar store to buy some! *lol*)
I came home, opened my spanky new bag of marbles and whipped this up:
Here is a close up of what the background paper ... which was made using the marbles ...
For MY project I used a second plastic box with ONE itty bitty, teeny weeny drip of Cherry Cobbler reinker and ONE marble and made a few Cherry tracks on the paper. In most of the tutorials I watched they would just drop both reinker colors in ONE box but I didn't want the colors to get too "muddy" and/or blended so I just used two seperate boxes.
I really like how it turned out. I then figured I better make the card into a Father's Day card with that big day coming up pretty quick, so I headed to my stamp sets for inspiration. I found yet ANOTHER set I have TRIED to use quite a few times but never actually completed a project with it ... the "Morning Post Alphabet" set - page 131 of the catty - $42.95 clear; $57.95 wood. This set works PERFECTLY with the background image! I inked each letter in Cherry Cobbler and then punched them out with the NEW Artisan Label Punch - page 181 of the catty - $21.95. I taped the letters onto a 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" strip of Baked Brown Sugar that I ran through the Striped embossing folder, dovetailed and had put through the marble technique. I added a thin strip of Cherry Cobbler card stock and underneath stamped "love you" (in Baked Brown Sugar) from the new hostess set called Express Yourself. I just LOVE LOVE LOVE the font on this set. I already know this is a set I will NEVER part with!! To finish the card off I added 3 mini silver brads (page 170 - $7.25) I think it's a great card for Dad - masculine colors, no bling and not too "mushy"!
This is a really fun technique ... so go raid your kids' marble collection and give it a try! Pop in tomorrow when I'll share a quick, easy card made with my other favorite hostess set - Simply Sketched! Until then ... have a stampy day!