Barbara Phelps 4 is the fourth page of handmade cards sent to me over the net by Barbara from Shenandoah, Iowa, USA.
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Barbara : First I used a soft grayish-blue cardstock as the base, added a grayish-blue metallic paper next.
Then I cut a black cardstock, and stamped a background stamp in various metallic inks, overlapping each other. Then cut a small square of glossy black upon which I added the "medallion" which is simply from a stamped glob of hot glue from a glue gun, and which I have painted with metallic copper paint.
I then strung threads -- gold and copper -- across the card.
At the top I braided the threads, and then let it free fall on the opposite side.
Barbara : To create the watering appearance, I used watercolor paper and placed randomly torn strips of bleeding tissue paper in "sea colors" on to the watercolor paper. I then spritzed the paper with lots of water to allow the tissue to do its thing, to bleed. I let the tissue paper set for about an hour.
I then removed the limp tissue paper and tossed it, and dried the watercolor paper with my heat gun. I stamped the kelp and fishes and colored with Radiant Pearls. Next, I added the soft blue flowing bow and topped it off with a sea shell.
Barbara : This card has no rubber stamping on it. I simply took various widths and various designs of decorative paper and glued them vertically side by side onto a lightweight paper, i.e. copy paper. Next, I cut the strips horizontally and in varying widths. I then pasted the cut strips onto cardstock. Finally, I added the embellishments.
The paper cutting/pasting technique is called "Bargello." Makes a very pretty and interesting card.