Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Birth announcement

'Birth Announcements' by Neil Burley

I don't really do babies, or baby related cards for that matter! So when I was given the theme for this month, I searched the fabulous sponsor site, Bugaboo Stamps for something a bit less 'baby' - and found Jack and Diane holding their signboard. The image was perfect for a birth announcement. A bit of fussy cutting to make a layer, careful ProMarker colouring and stamped text completed the look.

Oh, yes, I developed a new technique (for me anyhow) for getting a distressed/marble like texture on the sign background using ProMarkers. Place an acrylic block over the area on the image you'd like to distress, and colour the block with the ProMarker colour of your choice - bear in mind the colour will be darker than you expect with this technique - I used Blush - and that it will the mirror image when printed. Lightly spritz the colour with isopropanol alcohol (rubbing alcohol) from a mini-mister bottle - you will find the droplets push the colour away forming the pattern. Immediately print it wet side down onto the card to transfer the effect.

Skin: Blush/Oatmeal/Apricot
Blond hair: Pastel Yellow/Sunflower/Gold/Caramel
Brown hair/his shoes: Tan/Cinnamon/Cocoa
Jeans: Pastel Blue/Denim Blue
Her jeans/shoes: Lavender/Lilac/Amethyst
Shadows: Ice Grey 1-4
Pinks: Pastel Pink/Cerise/Magenta
Blues: Pastel Blue/Cornflower/Blue Pearl
Greens: Bright Green/Forest Green

Stamped text:
Worn Text - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous

Stamp ink:
Versacolor Pink/Sky Blue

Jack and Diane - Sign It from Bugaboo Stamps