Hello Everyone, a bit early today, but I wanted to blog before I uploaded to my SplitCoastStampers Gallery.
Now over on the Alphabet Challenge this week, Dani is offering extra points to anyone who has a go at the Eggshell Mosaic technique that was featured in the Weekly Inkling Newsletter on SplitCoastStampers this week. And you know I do anything to get more points.
So here is my effort.
My card in on a 6″x 6″ base in ecru with a PATP panel over and an embossed panel for the top half of the card. The bottomis that beautiful lace. Zigzag ribbon ruching across the centre and a printed twill over that.
The panel has a ribbon flower and a handmade rose attached. The butterfly in the left corner is double layered MB Darla butterfly, the top layer is vellum and run through an embossing folder the same at the background of the card.
Then the card is finished with a 3 pearl row top and bottom opposites. All panels are sponge inked with Adirondak Ginger.
Now a close up of the eggshell panel.
I will just give you a quick step-by-step for what I have done. The full instructions for the technique can be found in the Weekly Inkling on SplitCoastStampers. I am not sure if you can access the resourses or not without being a member, but I can assure you, the info available on that site is all you will ever need to be a super papercrafter!!!
Uncooked eggshells, wash and soak overnight in water. Then peel out the membranes. Dry.
Coat your panel/cardstock/chipboard (I used chipboard square) with Modge Podge or some sort of glue, press on the eggshell pieces and leave to dry.
Spray with Perfect Pearl Spray (pearl) and leave to dry. Spray again with Pearl mixture and drop randomly 2 or 3 colours of Ranger Alchohol Inks. I used Eggplant, Butterscotch and Lettuce. You will see the ink disperse along the cracks in the eggs and wick out. Spray again with pearls and see more spread of colour. Keep dropping ink/spraying until you get the desired effect.
Wait for it to dry. All this waiting is not good for me, I am a get in and get it done sort of girl, even if a project takes time to complete, but this waiting stuff and me do not mix well.
Ok so then I heated up my melt pot with some Ultra Thick Embossing Powder and while I was waiting for that to heat and be ready, I thought I would give an edge finish to my piece. I tapped the edges of my piece onto embossing ink (the clear stuff) and dipped it into gold embossing powder, heat set it and dipped again, heat set and dipped again, until the edges were sealed in gold embossing powder. I did this for each side, just along the edge so there was no cardboardy colour left.
Now my UTEE was hot enough to work with. So I dipped one edge into the pan, took it out, wiped the excess off the side and did another side, repeated till all sides were done. Then did the whole lot. Excellent result, a very intense colour and great depth
What I did not realise was that the (was told in the tutorial about heating) piece would bubble with air….. DUH, so this is ok, I just laid it on my non stick mat and spooned some UTEE over and kept busting the bubbles. This has given me an uneven finish, but I am happy.
Thanks for calling in, hope your day is great.
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