Thursday, 14 March 2013

Irish Wishes

Hi! and welcome. Firstly, a huge THANK YOU to the DT members for selecting my "Luck" layout, as one of the featured artist pieces for Challenge 13.
I had a great day  at Julie's (  ) on Saturday playing in her Explore class, trying out some different techniques with alcohol inks, Viva: Glitter Paint, Glass Effect Gel and 3D Stamping Paint. This play led my challenge piece for ABAC ( to go in a slightly different direction by incorporating some of the play techniques. So this is my take on Challenge 14: St Patrick's Day or Green Theme. My project is Irish inspired (Irish blessings and wishes), and green  two ways (the predominant colour and using upcycled acetate from packaging).
I've selected a number of Irish blessings and wishes and used these for a shamrock-shaped mini-book, the pages of which are also showing some different finishing techniques.

There will be quite a few photos to show these finishes. A common one for the background for  the wishes, was smooshing with Distress Inks: Peeled Paint, Forest Moss and Mowed Green. Some  were also sprinkled with water for that lovely mottled effect. These were then completed with a faux stitch finish using either Liquid Pearls: Peacock, or an ultra-fine Sharpie, green. The wishes backgrounds were then adhered to a green  background, after the backgrounds had some finishing touches.
The cover for the mini-book is made from up-cycled acetate.The leaves were traced in Viva Gloss Effect Gel: Contour Copper. The reverse side of the design was painted with Ranger Vintaj Patina: Jade and Moss. The whole of the reverse side was then smooched with Alcohol Inks ( Willow, Citrus, Oregano and Sailboat Blue).

The Title Page was done on white  cardstock, and given a couple of different treatments. First, I painted it with Distress Stains: peeled Paint, Forest Moss and a touch of Mowed Lawn. I sprinkled it with water and while still slightly damp, smooched over with Picket Fence. then in an 'Aha!" moment, decided to smooch over the lot with Distress Inks in Peeled Paint and Forest Moss and re- sprinkling with flicks of water.... great algae effect! Definitely a background method I will use again. When dry, I gave the page a quick edge of Kindyglitz: Crysalina and added the title. These were bought silver glitter cardstock letters, but to give them more of a moss effect, were coloured,  with alcohol inks: Willow and Oregano.

The green background cardstock for this page was covered with a layer of washi tape, which was also roughly pleated to give a ruffle effect edge.

Page 2 was finished with Glitter paint- green.

This page was stamped with Versamark and finished with Perfect Pearls: Forever Green. Just a fine shimmer, hard to capture in the photo.

With this page I had another of those 'Aha!" moments. I've always used a free-form style for applying tacky glue for foiling... BUT!! how would it go, if I stamped on the glue. It worked! I did use an inexpensive clear stamp (just in case). When the  glue 'tacked' off I foiled the design in silver.

Page 5 was put  through an embossing folder and smooched over with Brilliance Pearlescent ink:Olive. A few finishing touches were added with Liquid Pearls:Peacock.

This page has my play with the Viva 3D Stamping Paint; Metallic Moosegrun.  Again I used a clear stamp to see how it would go, because this medium dries so quickly and has to be scrubbed immediately after use. I loved the effect this medium has and will be using it more.

For the final page I've dropped on Opals Embossing Enamels: Furneaux- a deep  green,  in patches (one section at a time) heated them and while still molten, stamped on a leaf pattern (used stazOn for  this). This gave a fabulous texture which hasn't shown up on the photo. The only thing you have to remember with this technique is to leave the stamp in place, until it releases slightly (about 30 seconds),  before removing it.

The book was put together using a binder ring and some ribbons and braid to complete it.
I hope you have enjoyed your visit. Thank you for coming and for your inspiring comments.
Cheers, Di


  1. Wow Di this is wonderful! Are Irish blessings more powerful do you think - I know I would love to visit Ireland. I love how you have extended your playtime with me and amped up some of the EXPLORE techniques. You are a fabulous learner! Student sounds scarily like our past life doesn't it?
    Thank you for joining in at Anything But A Card CHallenge this fortnight.

  2. This is such a great mini book and a fantastic way of storing your ideas/techniques for future reference (think you've read my mind as I'm doing a similar thing, just not green!!) Glad to hear you had the best time at Julies on Saturday. Hugs, Jenny x

  3. So much work on your little 'Irish' book Di! Must have take you ages. I particularly like the ruffled washi tape - I thought it was fabric! Lucky you to have come creative time with Julie! Thanks so much for joining us at Anything But A Card this fortnight.
    (many congrats for your featured artist slot to - sorry I missed that challenge!).

  4. Many congratulations on winning Challenge 13, it was a wonderful entry. This mini book is beautiful, love how you put what you learned into practice, so many great techniques! I so wish I lived nearer and could take a class with Julie.. Hugs, Anne x

  5. This is such a marvelous way to keep your collection of Irish quotes! The pages are beautiful! Thanks so much for joining us again at Anything But a Card!

    I have to admit I'm a bit 'green' with envy of your play date with Julie! Unfortunately for me, it would be a bit of traveling to attend her classes!