Friday, April 10, 2009

Blogger's Challenge #94 - Any Technique



Good morning stampers! I hope you are having a great day where you are - it is very quiet around my house today, Emma is at her Grandma's house until tomorrow night and since Mark is at work, I have the house to myself. Never would have thought it during spring break! But that means that I can do some playing in the studio, I mean 'design work for future classes'. Yeah, that sounds better since I'm supposed to be working which doesn't sound fun at all!


Today's Blogger's Challenge was to use any technique to create a project. Well, I had a lot of great techniques I wanted to use, but just couldn't get the mojo going in the direction it needed. So, I'm posting one of my recent swap cards from the Occasions Mini swap I was in because it uses the Color Spritzer tool. I LOVE this tool and don't use it nearly often enough. I don't know if you would consider this a technique, but the Color Spritzer does have a bit of a learning curve to it and I think it takes a bit of technique to get just the right spritz amount from the marker in the tool. So, that's my story and I'm sticking to it! LOL!


My card started with a Whisper White card base and it's layered with Chocolate Chip cardstock. For the next layers, I used two papers from the new Walk in the Park Designer Series Paper in the Occasions Mini Catalog. The ribbon band is Chocolate Chip Wide Grosgrain and is simply adhered to the cardstock with SNAIL adhesive.


For my focal point image, I turned to the new 'Wagon Full of Fun' stamp set, which I HAD to have because of that great cupcake image in it! This time I used this simple flower in a pot and it just screamed Black Eyed Susan to me. We used to travel up to the Blue Ridge Mountains a lot when I was a little girl and would camp out. Those beautiful flowers grew everywhere on the hillsides in huge patches and I just loved seeing their pretty faces as we drove or bicycled by them. They just made me happy, what can I say? Anyway, I stuck to the traditional colors and used Basic Brown to stamp the image on Whisper White and my Stampin' Write Markers to color it in. So Saffron, Close to Cocoa and Old Olive are on the flower and I used Really Rust for the pot to make it a traditional terra cotta color.


To create the spritzed background, I inserted my Close to Cocoa marker into the Color Spritzer tool, brush side down. I gently squeezed the bulb on the tool and just added a fine mist of color over the whole image. It's important to remember to always cap your marker, don't leave it open in this tool. Forcing air through the marker tip causes it to dry out much quicker than normal which is one of the reasons some people don't always have good results with it.


This layer is mounted on to Really Rust cardstock and I added a So Saffron brad from the Rich Regals grouping. It's popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals and adhered to the card front. Lastly, I used the 'friends' stamp from the Garden Greetings stamp set, stamping in Basic Brown in the lower right corner.


It's a pretty simple card really, but sometimes the simple things are the best things! I hope it makes you smile when you look at it!

Be sure to check out all the other Blogger's Challenge players this week by clicking on the link in my sidebar. I know they will have some amazing things to show you!


I'll be posting again over the weekend, so be sure to check back, ok?

Have a blessed Good Friday as you remember the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

By His wounds we are healed.


Stamped blessings,

Robin

20 comments:

  1. Great job Robin. Good for you to use the color spritzer tool, I've never had much luck with it, so it sits at the back of a drawer.

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  2. I think this passes as a technique, the spritzer is a learned tool. I like the clean look of this card.

    :) Marcia

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  3. Such a wonderful "friend" card - hope this is for the N&F Swap!

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  4. Pretty card! I love the Color Spritzer, but just recently pulled it out again. Enjoy your "quiet alone time"!

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  5. Very pretty! I'm glad to hear you feel better! {SMILES}

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  6. I love that paper...i am still pawing mine..
    A very spring card and refreshing.
    connie paxman

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  7. Cute! - The Spritzer Tool is so much fun and really adds to a card design. Love what you did with it.

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  8. Blessings to you on this GOOD Friday!

    LOVE your card....I'm a huge fan of the spritzer and was so thankful when it was brought back! I just got that set this week so I'll have to CASE a bit tonight!

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  9. Too pretty! I love the color spritzer tool. :) One of my favorite things for this time of year.

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  10. Great card! The cupcake and flower are my favorites in that set! I need to go mount that RIGHT NOW!!

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  11. Great card! The cupcake and flower are my favorites in that set! I need to go mount that RIGHT NOW!!

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  12. What a fun card Robin! Love how you used the color spritzer! Happy Easter to you and yours! :D

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  13. Sweet card! And it looks terrific with the spritzed color! Easy, simple....and features a favorite tool! (Does it get any better than that?)

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  14. Great card Robin. You've inspired me to pull out the Spritzer again. So many tools, so little time :)

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  15. Great card! This motivates me to pull out my color spritzer again!

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  16. Simply sweet. Very cute card!

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  17. Robin, love it!! I am hoping this is one for the Near & Far Swap!!!

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  18. Love it Robin!! I have the spritzer and hardly ever use it!! Thanks for reminding me about this awesome tool that I overlook so very often!!

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  19. Very sweet card, Robin! I have one of the old, hard to squeeze, ones...need to pull it out and try playing with it again!

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