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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Aquatints Card

This card was an experiment.  It was also for my daughter to go with her cake.  I have had Sheena Douglass's Aquatints for a while, and really hadn't played with them in earnest.  So this was a first attempt at using the Pebeo drawing gum (which is a water based masking fluid - and is MAGIC!)

I couldn't find my water colour card - so this was done on ordinary heavyweight white card.  I stamped the flower image and leaves (one of Sheena's sets) and painted on the drawing gum.

I then painted the background using blue mixed with silver and green mixed with gold from the aquatints.  I then rubbed off the masking liquid, and painted the flower and leaves.  on the flower I painted the edge and then dragged the colour into the petals, and blotted it for a bit of faux bleaching.  The leaves got painted with various depths of the green and a bit of the red I used for the flower.   Finally I sprinkled some drops of water over the card and blotted them for some more faux bleaching effect.

Mounted on a matching piece of pink card and a stick on greeting added.

Quite pleased with this for my first attempt, and my daughter got a "real" card for a change instead of one designed in CAP!  

Zentangle Owl Cake

What a bad blogger I have been - I have done a few bits and bobs, albeit I have been quite lax having been suffering from the dreaded cold virus doing the rounds.

Anyway today I am sharing the cake I made for my daughter's birthday today.  (It gets quite difficult chosing a design after making her a cake for 40 years!).  She loves owls, zentangling, maths and turquoise.

I took the outline owl from Peerless Designs Tangletastic cd, and imported it into CAP to resize it to size I wanted to fit the cake.  I then printed it off, and "tangled" it.  As she is Maths teacher, I "tangled" the front feathers with maths symbols.  I coloured the owl and branch etc with promarkers, and then scanned the image again, taking it back into CAP to remove the white parts of the image, and put a turquoise circle behind it (her favourite colour), and then added the wording, using the emboss facility in CAP to make it look like piped icing!  (Very pleased with that result - a definite cheat!).

I emailed the owl to Simply Topps, who happen to be local to us, and then picked up the finished image which was printed on to a sugarpaste topper the next day.  Absolutely excellent service from them.  (They will also help you design your own topper if you don't have the facility of CAP like me).

I made a sponge, and covered it with sugarpaste, added a ribbon and the topper - simple, quick and effective.