Friday, April 18, 2008

SCS Thursday Ways to Use It Challenge - WT162 - Acrylics

Hi, Everybody! I posted this card a little late. This was yesterday's SCS Challenge WT162. I couldn't upload pictures on blogger yesterday. Did you have the same problem?

Anyway, yesterday's challenge was "Ways to Use it" and the product was "acrylics". Well, for this challenge I decided to use acrylic paint and an acrylic clear sticker that I placed on the center of the flower.

Close to my Heart sells this product called "Create A Shade Paint". It's an acrylic paint that dries clear so you would mix it with a few drops of your ink pad refills such as CTMH or SU. It then takes on the color of the refill. When it dries, it has a shimmery appearance similar to when you apply a little of Pearl Ex to acrylic paint.

Stamping Tip:

The beauty of acrylic paint is that you can stamp on non-porous material such as wood, plastic, or metal. It's best to use "solid" stamps as opposed to outline type of stamps. It works great with foam stamps like the ones sold by Making Memories.

Acrylic paint also is a great medium to paint chipboards, stamp background images on dark cardstock. When you stamp on dark cardstock, it retains its color against the dark background similar to light colored pigment inks. The reason is that it doesn't get absorbed into the paper. You can also brush it on to textured cardstock to give your cardstock a shabby chic look to it. There's many use for acrylic paint.

A great way to use acrylic paint is to add water or a mixative and use it as a watercolor medium. You can also mix the colors to create your own shades and tones. There's a lot of possibilities.
For my card, I used Making Memories Flower foam stamps to create the flowers. I then cut them out and layered it on black cardstock, curled the petals and layered them.

With the second picture, do you notice something different about it? Well, I added dots to it because I wanted to see how it would look if I added the dots. Which do like better? I don't know, I'm sitting the fence on which I prefer. I like busy cards but sometimes, too busy is well, too busy. KWIM? I see a lot of busy cards and I mean BUSY and sometimes it just too much going on that it can sort of distract from the main image or the message. I think there has to be a happy medium.

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Savitri said...

This is great! Won't do this challenge -- dunno what to use :D Love yours though.

Rita said...

What a gorgeous card, I luv it! Now to answer your question on wish I like better or is it too goes! I like the 1st one, but I think the added dots on the outside frame add a little more dimension. I'm on the fence about the inner frame dots though! I do like the dots around the tag too!!! All in all I think both cards are beautiful! Great job!

The Lucky Clucker said...

Love this Maria! The shimmer is so perfectly pretty!

The Lucky Clucker said...

Love this Maria! The shimmer is so perfectly pretty!

Jamie Martin said...

Beautiful card, love the flowers :)

Diane said...

Another super creation Maria!!
Love it!!

malieta said...

Both of these cards are awesome Maria! That acrylic really adds a certain something to bring out the beauty of those flowers. Too Cute!!
Have a beautiful and safe weekend.

retiredheather said...

Love it again. I seem to say that alot about your cards. The flower seems to pop off the page. What type of foam do you use? It sure makes a difference. Love it.
Retired Heather

Michelle said...

Your cards are always so amazing! I enjoy reading your blog daily and soaking in all your creative ideas. I need to buy some of this Create a Shade paint. I also do tolepainting so I have about every color of acrylic paint imaginable. This would be fabulous to try.

Ila said...

Both cards are just Beautiful!! I love your take on this challenge!!

Mel M. M. M. said...

Stunning! I always wondered how that Create A Shade Paint worked. Thanks for all of the pointers. :0) Mel

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