Welcome everyone. I have to start by telling you that I have a serious love/hate relationship with my computer - LOL! I am so very unhappy with it right now, because I lost an hour of my time :-(. I stayed up late last night doing the newsletter and then got up this morning, did the must get done list and started immediately in on this blog post. AND I kid you not when I tell you that I am almost finished with the epistle length write-up and out of no where my computer shuts down for updates!!! WHAT?!?
So here we go again - LOL! The second time around I'm not certain I'll be nearly as funny as the first, but perhaps it will be a little shorter (which is probably a good thing :-D)
This morning I introduced you to the Be Creative Tape in our newsletter. I have always thought of my adhesive as "glue" - a way of sticking two surfaces together. It was not until I saw Haroldine at work at CHA, and when I attended Ranger U, was I exposed to the idea that perhaps sticky surfaces are designed for more than just putting paper to paper, or ribbon to paper!
A whole new world of creativity has been opened up to me and I would like to share that vision with you as we support the individuals who brought about that first creative vision by utilizing their products to create with.
This little beauty above was quite the experimental process as you will see. I have to admit that I am thrilled with the end result and my hope is that you will see that sometimes the imperfections that occur during the creative process just bring it to a whole new level as you just carry on.
Begin by stamping your image on your transparency or plastic. (I will provide links at the end of this post to help you find the different products I used for this project.) I prefer Palette Noir and/or Archival Ink. My first mistake was to not allow my ink to dry - LOL! Hurry, excitement - don't let it happen to you - allow your ink to dry :-D
Cut your Be Creative Tape to size - in this case my pieces are 2 1/2" x 4". Remove the brown backing and burnish the tape, sticky-side down, in place.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these little pots of color! So beautiful! Now here is a tip that Tim shared with us at Ranger U. If you can see the writing when you open these little pots - you are in TROUBLE. Yep, beautiful, sparkly color will be all over - LOL! SO...
TIP: NO writing should be visible when you open these containers. Turn them over :-D then gently tap the container once on the table before opening. When closing the container, turn the lid backwards until you feel a "click" then screw the lid on. It will be closed properly each time. Thank you Tim for saving me from powdery messes - LOL!
Now here is my next tip - do NOT put your backing tape under the image like I did - LOL! It is much easier to see what you are doing if you work on a white surface. (see photo below - :-D)
Begin by using a very fine-tip brush and VERY little powder. Just barely dip the tip of your brush into the Perfect Pearls as you apply your color. It is much easier to bring on more than to remove the excess.
Aww - yes, the moment of discovery that perhaps I was not so precise in the placement of my colors - LOL! Oh well, you can't learn without trying is my motto.
I still have to figure out how to remove the excess powder. The beautiful "halo" effect came about after I turned my piece, holding it over a garbage can and "flicking" it with my fingernail.
Not to be deterred I carried on. I applied the Perfect Gold directly around the image with a tiny brush and then used a larger brush to spread it over the entire sticky surface.
Perfection I thought - LOL!
Next I took my second piece of 2 1/2" x 4" adhesive and removed the protective backing. I applied it directly over the surface shown two photos above and burnished it in place.
I now had a gorgeous sticker!
or so I thought until I turned it over and realized that I still had my halo happening - LOL! In hindsight and looking at this photo it really isn't as bad as I thought at the time. Ms. Perfectionism really wanted to hit it out of the ball park and so I just carried on.
You will find that these images look different depending on what surface you adhere them to. In this instance I held it over several different colors of paper before applying it to a piece of black cardstock. The black really makes the Perfect Pearls just jump off the page.
So I removed the protective backing and adhered my giant "sticker" to black cardstock.
This is when ingenuity began on my part. I felt that the color was still a little flat and wondered what I should have or could have done differently. It was at that moment when it hit me - COPIC MARKERS! I could add transparent color over the surface and still have my pearlescent sheen! I very carefully added color (as I was working on the same side as I had stamped my image and Copics can remove your ink on plastics.) I absolutely LOVE the added depth the shot of color provides!
It was at that moment that another realization hit! I would not have been so intricate in the application of my colors. I could have put color in the major areas only and added the definition at the end with my Copic markers! I can hardly wait to try this again and see what happens next time!!!
Because I was still on my quest for perfection I then cut out my image with my fine-tipped scissors.
Oh how I wish you could see this in real-life. I just have not learned how to capture shimmery, shiny surfaces on my camera. The shot above is the best I can do.
I hope that you will join me as we learn how to BE CREATIVE with our TAPE :) Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!
stamps: Lockhart Phalaenopsis
accessories: Be Creative Tape Sheets (you could also use this 2 1/2" roll or this 4 1/2" roll), Crystal Clear Medium Weight Plastic, Teflon Bone Folder, Perfect Pearls - Forever Green, Green Patina, Interference Violet, Forever Violet, Forever Red, Heirloom Gold, Forever Gold, Long Rectangle Nestability, Word Charm, Silk Ribbon