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Sunday, 5 October 2014

Circles and a new technique

*Happy to have been a Top Three pick at the Paper Plunge this week*

Don't you just love it when you try something new and it works out really well?  There is a technique over at the Splitcoaststampers site which intrigued me.  It's called the Alcohol Marker Marbling Technique and this tutorial is shared by Audrie Magno-Gordon.  Audrie uses the retired Glossy White cardstock for her sample but, having tried it with the glossy, I had to see what the difference might be if I used normal Whisper White cardstock or the gorgeous Shimmery White cardstock.  As I expected, there are similarities and, of course, differences.

I'm posting the three samples, all created using the same Blendabilities alcohol markers but different papers, on a separate page.  I don't want my little experiment to take over this post, after all.

I loved the last challenge at the Paper Plunge (yes, my card was picked as one of the Top Three so that was thrilling) and decided to design a card for their newest challenge.  This one is all about circles.  I use circles frequently but normally my card doesn't feature them as the primary element.  I knew I had to have something else to carry the card besides the circles and that was the reason behind my experiment with papers.  In the end I chose to use the marbled Whisper White.


The colours of Blendabilities which I used for this marbled effect are the darkest of Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Smoky Slate.

I thought these colours would be perfect for a Hallowe'en card and so began planning the stamp sets that I would use.  In the end I wound up using six sets:  Fall Fest, Holiday Home, Best of Halloween, Bite Me, Halloween Hello (retired), and Good Greetings.  I also used a large assortment of my circle punches and circle framelits.

My base cardstock is Olive Green with the next layer of Basic Black.  Then comes the Whisper White marbled layer with all its circles and images.  For me the circles are the bubbles rising from the witch's cauldron, each carrying an image of Hallowe'en.  I love it.  I hope you like it as well.


For more cards featuring circles, check out The Paper Plunge.

For more cards featuring Hallowe'en, check out the Fab 'n' Funky Challenges.

And, of course, please check out the wonderful Hallowe'en cards at the Paper Players Challenge.

16 comments:

  1. I love this card! So cute and the technique is something I'm going have to try!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Diana. It's a fun technique. I love the way one can never really predict results.

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  2. Absolutely fabulous card Heidi. LOVE the rising bubbles.
    Thanks for playing along with us at Fab'n'Funky this week. Pat K xx

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    1. Thank you very much, Pat. I had fun with all those sizes of circles.

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  3. Great card! I saw this technique and wanted to give it a go...you've inspired me! Thanks for taking the plunge this week at The Paper Plunge!

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    1. Thanks, Leslie. You'll love the technique. Every time you do it the result is very different.

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  4. Very cool! I love how you used the circles and created your marbled background. I'll have to give this technique a try. So glad you shared another creation with us at The Paper Players.

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    1. Thanks so much, Andrea. I enjoy the challenges at the Paper Players.

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  5. This is fantastic! I love the technique, an awesome card! Thanks for joining us this week at The Paper Players!

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    1. Thanks so much, Laurie. I really appreciate your comments.

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  6. This technique looks really cool and I love the colors you've used....great job combining all those stamp sets together! It's so much fun when they can all come out to play! LOL! Thanks for playing along with us at The Paper Players!

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    1. Thanks, Nance. Yes, it was a lot of fun playing with some of those old favourites. The technique is great because it looks so original each time you use different colours and also depending on how much of each colour you use.

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  7. This is so cute! I have got to find out how to do this with the Blendabilities. I love backgrounds like this. I am so glad you shared your card with us and joined our challenge at The Paper Plunge.

    Robbie

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    1. Thanks so much, Robbie. I explain the technique on a separate page on my blog. I believe there's a hot link in my post. Have fun trying it. The results differ each time you do it, depending on the colours, how much alcohol spray, the paper used, etc. It becomes addictive.

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  8. Beautiful card, Heidi. I love the technique you used. It really makes the card. Love it!!!

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    1. Thank you, Helen. I really appreciate your comments.

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