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Thu 03

Challenge Inspiration with Grand Maple Frame
by Vicki Finger

Hello, Everyone!  Vicki here with you today with a blog post sharing a bit of inspiration for the Memory Box Current Challenge, "Falling Leaves". 

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I love to make fall leaves from some watercolor cardstock that has been loosely watercolored and allowed to dry.  I have multiple color mediums to choose from including some Daniel Smith Watercolors, along with other artist-grade mediums to choose from but, for the completely transparent color that I prefer, I love to use re-inkers with a bit of water and a large #12 watercolor brush.  This 6 well porcelain dish is also a lot smaller than any of my other choices so it pretty much a no brainer for my needs.  I would encourage you to do whatever works best for you. 

Some types of watercolors can be kind of "milky" looking so I like to put a drop or two of reinker into my little porcelain dish with a few drops of water.  You can make it less pigmented by adding more water to the mix.  I have an empty spray bottle that I put a new label on so that it says its Water.  I keep meaning to get one of those little dropper bottles, but I also keep forgetting to order when I am already ordering something else.  When I do this type of project where I'm just letting the water travel and blend and mix with other colors, I like to work on my glass mat which is 20 x 26 in size and put a paper towel underneath my paper to help contain most of the mess.

For me, fall color is all about the deep magentas, reds, corals, golden yellows and bright pinks.   I love to mix those with a bit of Sargent Art Watercolor Magic in Metallic Gold that is easy to find at Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Amazon and a variety of other sources.  I have the 8-ounce bottle that I got a few years ago and I still have more than half the bottle left.  I especially love mixing gold into nearly all of my artwork.  It only takes a drop to add a metallic touch to many of your colors.  And you can use it by itself as well.  It's a pretty bright yellow color but you can deepen the color by adding a bit of reinker in Kraft or Dark Chocolate for more of an Antique Gold color.  Just keep mixing it in one drop at a time, until the color deepens to your desired shade.  This works with pretty much any earthy colors.  I use this watercolor for a variety of things in my studio, so it's a must-have item for me.

I took a few pictures here so you can see my process.  For demonstration purposes, I used Canson #140 Watercolor paper which has a pretty heavy texture.  In this case, that's a good thing as it leaves lots of little divots for the shimmer mist to settle into rather than sliding off with the water.

This is how it begins, lots of colors and lots of water.  I use the wide flat brush to add plain water to the paper and the #12 Round Brush to add the color.  As the paper curls up, the colors run and blend together.  You can see from the paper towels in both of these photos, that the paper towel gets very grungy!  Once the color has dried, I hit it with a liberal amount of shimmer mist.  Then I take the dirty paper towel and replace it with a clean one.  

You can see how much water is here; and how much water and color run off the sides of the paper.  Once it's dry and I hit it with Shimmer Mist, I move it momentarily, wipe my glass work surface and then put a clean paper towel under it while the shimmer mist has a chance to dry.  In this case, it happened to be overnight.

Another item that is a must-have in my studio is Sparkle Shimmer Mist from Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts.  My favorite is the Sheer Gold but I also like the Sheer Sparkle Shimmer Mist as well.  I use more gold than sheer, but I like to have the option for whatever I'm working on at the moment.  Since I took these photos at night, it's impossible to capture all of the golden goodness that is on this watercolored panel.  Hopefully, you'll be able to see it better in my end product.  and I'll try to take a better picture once the sun is up.  My husband leaves at 4:00 a.m. and today is trash day, so he wasn't too quiet, so I got up as he was leaving.

Next, I used the Grand Maple Frame Die and die cut one from Gold Cardstock and one from the watercolor background.  I made a card base using Stardream  Metallic Flame Cardstock from PaperPapers.com.  These cardstocks work perfectly with the elegance of the Memory Box Dies.  I bought a bunch of different colors last May and I am so glad I did as I have a lot of colors to work with and they are fantastic with Memory Box's Elegant Dies.

I kept most of the die cut together and intact, but I wanted to use the watercolor paper to inlay for the color on the leaves.  This was very quick to do as there are only a few very small pieces at the tips of the leaves.  Everything else is a larger size and is easy to fit.  I used Post It Tape on the backside, but then as I was switching out the pieces, I used Ranger Multi Medium Matte to hold them in place.

I was a little bit unsure about the corners of the actual frame, but in the end, I popped out the corner pieces, then put the rest on foam tape so that the card color comes through.  I tried those corners with inlay as well but preferred to let the cardstock color show through.

I stamped the greeting from the Memory Box Fern & Berries Stamp Set using Versafine Black Onyx and heat setting it with Clear Embossing Powder.  I used my Basic Rectangles Dies to cut the sentiment and the next size up to cut the gold layer for the sentiment.

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This card was actually very quick to make, but because folks like to see the process, that took quite a bit more time so I could have those images for you as well.  I love how this card turned out and I have an extra panel just sitting here waiting to be made into another card like it.  Since I give cards to my Sisters-In-Law each year at Christmas, I need all I can get.

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I loved how this particular watercolor piece turned out and I couldn't bear to get rid of any more of it than necessary.  I die cut it with 2nd largest Basic Rectangles Die but I didn't inlay the watercolor pieces this time. I just popped the pieces our of the frame so that you could see the watercolor background panel.  It was a lot faster to make this way.  It gives the frame that filigree-look that Memory Box is so famous for!

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I got in really close so that hopefully you can see all the gold in with the color.  The second watercolored piece has quite a bit more gold in it, so I spent a little time playing with the various cardstock colors to see which one I want to pair it up with it.  In the end, I chose to pair it with Raspberry Fizz Cardstock to let the Pinks really pop!  I think I'm channeling my inner Dawn McVey here. Ü

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I hope you enjoyed my inspiration for this month's Memory Box Challenge. The supplies I've used are linked below for your convenience.  I have a few more process photos over on my personal blog, TwinklingPaper Studio.  

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Comments

STUNNING - and yes I am screaming that - amazing work! TFS

Love the gold dies against your watercolor background

WOW!!!! Just amazing!! Love the gorgeous gold Grand Maple Frame Die!!! And such wonderful background! A perfect autumnal card, so warm, bold and bright!

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