Tuesday, 2 July 2013

A bit of Lavender and Lace

 I am finally able to find the time to enter a challenge this week! When I saw the Allsorts challenge on Saturday I just had to have a go. I had a lovely play with a 'new-to-me' technique. Not sure if anyone else has tried this, but thought I would share anyway. I have a bottle of indenting fluid that I bought in the 1990s and I still haven't used more than a quarter of it! I had seen some faux mother of pearl techniques with other products (Shimmer paint and Liquid pearls), so thought I would try experimenting to see what happened. I got a piece if scrunched up paper, dabbing it gently in a small blob of indenting fluid and then dabbed it across the satin card stock. Once this was dry I used my ink dusters to apply some colour (Shaded Lilac Distress Ink). The indenting fluid leaves a pearlised finish and acts as a resist to the ink too.
Once this was dry I stamped the Sweet Pea from Inkylicious in Archival Black and coloured it with Tombows. I added a bit of a shadow with a tumbled glass distress marker too. The panel was mounted onto a base card with a border of embossed pearlised card and some lovely white lace. The base card was stamped with Delicate Vines, also from Inkylicious This is for the Allsorts challenge this week, as I said earlier.
I also tried another card with the offcut from this one, this time using a Hero Arts stamp called Dogwood and colouring with promarkers. The colouring looks very messy compared to the first card. I think I am better sticking with water-based markers on this sort of card!
 and here is a side view to try and catch that sheen.
The centres of the flowers were dotted with Cotton Candy distress stickles. Before I go, a big welcome and a wave to my new followers. Glad you have joined me and keep popping in as I will be doing some follower candy very soon! Thanks for looking x


Lisa Jane said...

ooh what gorgeous sweet peas .. and the fluid gave a fab effect
Lisa x

Valerie said...

What an amazing technique Sally, not heard of indenting fluid before! Beautiful cards. Thanks for your comments on my blog and I have now rectified the lack of photo of the Tenors UnLimited:)
Val x

Helen J said...

Lovely cards. I hadn't heard of indenting fluid either, but I love trying new techniques so I might have to find something similar.

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Two beautiful cards Sally, I've never heard on indenting fluid before, but I do like the effect it gives. I'll have to give it a go, if I can find some of the fluid.

Sue x

Eret said...

I thought because of my bad English I don't understand what indenting fluid is but I see here are others too who haven't heard of it. But I truly love the effect of it. It looks so cool. Both your cards are really pretty, Sally. Specially I love the one with Sweet Bea. Very beautiful flower on stunning card!

catherine said...

This looks so beautiful Sally. Thanks for joining us with our challenge over at Allsorts this week
x catherine

Paula (PEP) said...

I have never heard of that fluid but the sheen you achieved with the whole effect is rather effective. The patchiness of the ProMarkers make the Dogwood blooms look almost dried, so I wouldn't say that was a mishap - just a different look.
Paula (PEP)

Doreen said...

Fabulous card,gorgeous image .xxx

brenda said...

Pleased to see you had time for a play Sal and lovely results as well. This technique also works well with the Pearl acrylic dabber if you've got one of those.

Thanks so much the joining in Allsorts challenge this week.

B x

Dora said...

beautiful two cards with the flowers.

Lynne K said...

Oh, wow, what a fab technique, and gorgeous cards! I had some of that indenting fluid too, I think I still have it somewhere, though it's probably dried up now if so! x

Craftnut said...

Lots of pretty flower action here Sally! Thanks for playing with us at Allsorts Tracy xx

Sandy said...

Very beautiful, you should be proud of your make. I cannot follow you on Google Friend Connect but will write down you blog address so I can follow your wonderful creations!

Faith A said...

Sally these are amazing cards, beautiful flowers