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Mon 05

Masking with Glossy Accents Video
by Dave Brethauer

Hello everyone!

Today's video incorporates glitter and coloring - two of my favorite things to do when making handmade cards! For those of you who can't get enough sparkle, you'll really appreciate the shimmer on these cards. I combine glitter glue over a glitter embossed image for plenty of underwater brilliance.

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And how easy is it to create an underwater scene with Distress Oxide inks! Just adding droplets of water onto a background that has been sponged with these wonderful inks creates the look of little bubbles - perfect for the brightly colored fish to swim around in. 

(Watch this video in HD by clicking here)

The Fish Tales Clear Stamp set is the the star of the show for the cards made in the video - it has a bunch of outlined fish to work with (great for coloring!) and some good, basic sentiments to use on a variety of cards. I positioned the clear stamp images with my MISTI so that I can make multiple cards in no time.

The background was created using several Distress Oxide inks - I sponged and overlapped Faded Jeans, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio and Fossilized Amber. I wanted the card to be full of color, so I made sure that I applied ink everywhere, carefully overlapping colors a little so that the ink transitioned from one shade to another.

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I also tried a different combination - trying to catch some sunset colors that might be filtering into the ocean. This combination uses Distress Oxide inks in Wilted Violet, Worn Lipstick and Fossilized Amber - and what a different look! I added a little bit more blue to the fish to cool down the color scheme a little, and I love the results! The Distress Oxide inks blend so beautifully that it is hard to go wrong with color combos.

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Here is an up close shot of the glittery fish - the backgrounds are smooth and seamless and you can see the little flecks of glitter on the fish.

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Getting a good dose of glitter onto the fish is a two step process - first, the image is stamped with Black Pigment ink and embossed with Judikins Iridescent Sparkle Embossing Powder

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The amazing thing about this embossing powder is that the glitter in it is heat reactive - the longer that you hold your embossing tool on an area of glitter, the color of the glitter changes!

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You can see that there are a rainbow of colors on the embossed lines. When the embossing powder first melts, the glitter changes to a blue shade. If you hold the heat on that spot for another second, it changes to green. 

And then yellow.

Then orange!

Then red!!

(OK, you have to stop here, because if you hold it in the same spot after it has turned red then the color goes away - and you might be burning your paper!)

This embossing powder is so much fun - note the tub of powder that I use in the video, I have a lot! I bought a one pound jar of it when I first started stamping (I loved it so much!) and still have plenty, 21 years later.

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After you have colored in the fish, it is time to apply glitter glue to images. I used Diamond Stickles for this part - which allows colors to show through while adding just the right amount of sparkle.

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Once the glitter glue is dry you can add a layer of Glossy Accents to each fish. This not only adds some shine, but it acts as a mask when you rub over the paper with the Distress Inks! The Glossy Accents amplify the glitter effect - it really is amazing in real life and you can't help but touch the fish!

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I finished the card by stamping "sending Birthday Fishes" onto a circle I cut out using the Open Studio Stitched Circle set. The circle works great with all of the background bubbles!

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Since I am using the Fish Tales stamp set in the video, I thought I'd add a simple card idea using the matching Fish Tales Shadow stamp set too. This is where a MISTI can really come in handy. At first I made the card really simple...

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...but I loved that Distress Oxide background so much that I replicated it on this card too. The composition is similar - but this card is fast and easy.

Rather than worrying about masking, I created the background with inks and a spritz or two of water. Then I stamped the Fish Tales Shadows and finally the Fish Tales images on top - and you're done! Well, almost - I decided it needed a little something since we weren't using any glitter, so I added some detail with a white gel pen to make things pop a little bit.

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These sets are so much fun -  especially if you like to play with color! There are endless color combos - and the whimsical images and cheeky sentiments create some terrific handmade cards.

Enjoy the video and start creating your own beautiful underwater fish scenes!

 

Comments

Thank you for sharing these great cards. I'm anxious to try out the techniques.

I love this technique! A lot of other people did too! I really had to search to find a store that was not sold out of the stamp!

Love the cards and the techniques, want to try them!

Such fun!

Thank You for sharing and INSPIRING!

What Copic markers did you use on the fish?

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