Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Club Scrap Team Challenge: September's Kit, "Transformation"

Time for another team Challenge.  This month we were to use a sketch to guide our creations for this months.   I must say it was a challenge, coming up with 3 different cards using the same sketch.  I have never used a Sketch to create a card before, so most of my challenge was figuring out how to translate the sketch into something unique.  As luck would have, I fell back onto my favorite topic, Backgrounds.  So join me as I show you how I made the backgrounds and created my 3 projects.

The Sketch
Card One:

This one follows the sketch nearly exactly, just changed orientation.  The background is made by using a piece of acetate to "smush" the ink onto the paper.  The photo tutorial below follows the steps:
Distress Ink pads were  squished onto craft sheet and water added.  Note how water is beading up
Acetate pressed onto craft sheet and then applied to dry water color paper.  Process continues until happy with results.
Continue to place acetate into ink and apply to paper
You can add ink as needed or use water to move the ink around further.
When you are happy, allow to dry completely.  I found I had the most random effects when I allowed the paper to dry thoroughly after this first step before moving on.

Using a dry brush, apply Primary Elements randomly onto paper.  I was after a gold vein effect.
Spray with water to move the Pigment around.  You can add additional pigment as needed.  

Background after dry and gold cord added.  If you double click on the image, you can see a close up view.  The coloring is more obvious.  The gold is very hard to photograph but is pretty.

Final Steps:
Hammered metal paper in kit was die cut and added to a brown circle.    The coin stamp was heat embossed, fussy cut and mounted onto fun foam.  The bamboo stamp was stamped onto another circle and al were mounted onto the finished background.

  • Finished card:  The background and embellishments are matted onto a brown mat and then onto an A-2 Card Base.  The flower is a gold woven mesh that was formed into a flower.  Leaves are from a die.   All supplies: will be listed at the end.

    Card 2

    This card is simpler in regards to background.  I used a pre printed Background from the Kit.  The shell image was stamped and heat embossed onto a white Neenah card and colored with Copics.  Fairly straight forward.  To get that smooth blending I needed to tip to tip blend, but once finished was worth the hassle.

    Here I took license with the sketch.  There are 3 circles, the shell being the first circle and also the "flower embellishment.  A strip of paper was embossed with the same embossing powder to tie in the metallic from the shell, as well as the sentiment .

    BG 10 and BG 13, blended with tip to tip application. After coloring the image was partially cut with a circle die, and fussy cut the remainder of the way.  Prior to mounting, shadow was colored in using C1, C3 on background.  

    Card 3

    Another straight forward use of the sketch

    This card also follows the sketch.  The interesting part here again, is the background.  
Let's take a look:
Using the square background stamp (tile) from the kit, Distress ink in 3 colors is randomly pressed onto the stamp.  
Then the stamp is lightly misted with water and applied to a dry sheet of water color paper.

Here the stamp has been stamped twice, rotated to give a variety.  The stamp is re-inked and sprayed between each stamping.  The entire paper is covered.  In this photo the inks are:  Frayed Burlap, Peeled Paint and Peacock Feathers.  These were chosen as they went well with the green paper in the kit.  

Continue and adding more stamping until the paper is covered and you are happy with the arrangement.

When all has been stamped, I sprayed the image and allowed it to run a bit more and blotted up ink randomly to tone it down a bit.  This was then cut down to size and mounted onto a green mat and finally onto a white card base.  

The ribbon was created using the same distress inks.  They were randomly pounced onto the ribbon, they sprayed with water and kneaded until the inks had blended, dried, tied into a bow and attached to card.  3 c circles were cut, a sentiment added to the top most circle and all three were mounted onto the card.  Finished!!

Thank you for visiting:
Links and supplies:

Club Scrap Transformation kit:  Club Scrap

My YouTube Channel:   https://youtu.be/7Bw-4r65qN8

Supplies Used:

Transformation Kit: Stamps, Paper
Distress:  Peeled Paint, Frayed Burlap, Peacock Feathers, Bundled Sage.
ColourArte:  Primary Element in Ancient Coin
Dies:  Smile:  Simon Says Stamps
          Leaves:  Assorted dies from Spellbinders
          Circles: Sizzix, Simon Says Stamps and My Favorite Things. 
          Peace sentiment was cut from a label die by Spellbinders 
Believe:  Tim Holtz, ideology  (round metal embellishment on Card 3)
Copic Markers:  BG 10 and BG13, C0, C1, C3
Embossing Powder,  Fine Detail Gold (Ranger) for coin,  For shell this was mixed with Copper  
          (WOW) and Brown (Wendy Vetchi at 1 part each  to create a mixed metallic powder for the 
          shell.  The shell and saying was stamped with Archival Potter's Soil (Wendy Vechi).  
          Versamark was used for the embossed strip.  
Ribbon:  Seam tape for card 3, piece of ribbon from unknown origin Card 2,  Card 3: silver cord 
Flower:  Using Silver Silk:   A Gold wire mesh.  The mesh was stretched and spread apart, then rolled and shaped into a flower form.  The "twisted metal" was 
            glued onto a paper and attached to card with hot glue.  

Hope you enjoyed these projects.  I will be joining the Fall Coffee Lover's blog hop on September 25 with another Club Scrap project.  Be sure to join us for our monthly blog hop on September 30.

Have an Artful Day,


  1. Ah,such beautiful cards, Josette!
    Thanks for sharing how you made them.
    I love the colors of this kit!!!

    1. Thank you. Yours aren't too shabby either!!!. Beautiful layout you did.

  2. Josette!! LOVE your backgrounds and the your cards are stunning!! Well done!!

  3. Beautiful cards Josette - I would be hard pressed to choose a favorite!

    1. My favorite is the shell, but I love my copics. Your cards are great too. Thank you for stopping by.

  4. Oh...I love your backgrounds. These cards are beautiful works of art!

    1. Wow your cards are so beautiful, great techniques!

  5. I love making that kind of backgrounds!
    Wonderful and beautiful work.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. what a great take on the sketch! Love the horizontal look!

    1. Seems I prefer that direction more than others. Not sure why. Thank you for your comments.

  7. Holy smokes! Each card was more fabulous as you went on! I love all of the techniques. For the ink on acetate where the first impression shows the edges of the acetate--that would be an awesome art panel, too! Truly inspiring . . . thank you!

  8. I really enjoyed the various interpretations of the sketch and your technique backgrounds are stunning. Oh, and the copic work on the nautilus shell . . . gorgeous!

  9. Beautiful cards, josette! I enjoyed seeing your background processes!