Sunday, September 9, 2012

Altered CD and Radiant Pearls

Hi friends,
This afternoon I've been busy making a card for a swap so I thought I would share with you what prompted this particular card.   In an online stamp club that I belong to, 2000 Stampers, recent discussion has been about coloring mediums.  Copic markers were mentioned several times.  Most said they loved the Copics but hadn't been able to master the shading technique.  I have to admit that I haven't invested in Copics because most of the time I don't have the patience to spend enough time shading.  I did take a class one time from Ellen Hutson using Copics and the results were fabulous.  Using a less expensive medium, I pretty much can get the same results using a paint brush doing watercolor with Marvy Markers.  If I had a bigger arts & crafts budget, then . . . .  But you know how that goes.  I might be tempted yet.  In the meantime, one of the coloring mediums that I like to use is Radiant Pearls. This CD was altered by stippling it with several colors of Radiant Pearls.  Stippling is a fast way to cover an area and make a background for stamping.  I used Memories dye ink for the stamping.  Stazon might work ok, but I haven't tried it yet.  To embellish this Altered CD, I stamped an image on vellum, roughly tore around the edges, and used a Thermo-o-web vellum adhesive runner to attach it to the CD.  I love this adhesive - it does a super good job of being invisible.  Lastly, 3 flower buttons were added.  To attach the CD to the Card I used Scotch Adhesive Transfer Tape.  This is another tape that I think is wonderful and is absolutely the best to use on pages of altered books.  If you use glue to stick the pages together they become stiff, but with the transfer tape, the pages remain pliable and soft.  If you've made some altered CD's, I love for you to leave me a link where I can see them.  If you haven't tried this technique yet, then I encourage you to give it a try.  If you mess up the first one, toss it in the waste can and grab another CD.  There seems to be a never-ending supply coming through the mail.  Happy stamping and may the Lord cover you with His love.