Thursday, 29 December 2016

Dragonfly Dreams with a spritz

I adore the background stamp from the Dragonfly Dreams set. In my previous sneak peek I stamped off to create a lighter pattern, today thought I would try adding some water....


No need to adjust your focus! Isn't it interesting to see how the colours meld and create their own patterns depending on how much or little water is spritzed? Not a technique to use if you want your image to be precise, but fantastic for random backgrounds. I experimented using a combination of aqua painters, stamping & stamping off as well as adding water before and after stamping to obtain different depths of colour and clarity of stamping - it was fun trying different combinations and now I have a supply of pre-created backgrounds for future projects too! These are some of my favourites, and below is what I chose for background for my card:



My husband has been on photographic sites the past few evenings exploring different techniques and images - for me the combination of greens on this background gives the impression of a blurred garden background. There is just a hint of golden yellow coming through in the Pear Pizzazz; that inspired me to cut into my gold glimmer paper. I also cut a second image from basic black and offset it slightly behind the gold, and deliberately didn't pop all the cuts out - just love the shadow effect this gives. This is the largest of the Detailed Dragonfly thinlets, isn't it just beautiful? 

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9 comments:

  1. Sue, I love the background! and perfect with the Dragonfly. Would you mind sharing what type of paper you used? I assume you just stamped randomly and then spritzed after ? Thanks again for sharing!

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    1. I used watercolour paper. On the sample with pink, I applied colour with a really wet aqua painter first, then stamped and spritzed - the paper was quite wet which is why the colour has blended so much.the effect on the card was a combination of spritzing initially, then stamping, then more spritzing if the ink wasn't "spreading" enough. The sample with Purple used less water, with the purple stamping done last, then spritzing. The effect on the card was a combination of spritzing initially, then stamping, then more spritzing if the ink wasn't "spreading" enough. I also stamped off the wild wasabi for some of the stamping too. It is a random process :) I wouldn't be able to get it exactley the same if I tried! Hope this helps

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  2. Hi Sue, just wondering if you used Watercolor paper? Love the design, great color combo. Have a Happy New Year!

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    1. Yes Pat I used water colour paper. Happy New Year to you too

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  3. Hope you win the blog hop. Really liked the background technique and appreciate the info provided to try and recreate for myself.

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    1. Thanks Liz, I would love to see what you create. It is a random effect, which is half the beauty really, once I let go of being "perfect" I had lots of fun!

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  4. Stunning! I will have to have a play around with the watercolour paper some more. Your black & gold dragonfly pops so beautifully against the green background. Really lovely, Sue! xx

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  5. Congratulations Sue!! You were voted number 5 in my international blog highlights. Looking forward to hopping with you soon. :)

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