ID: Anis Distress Card
6"w x 7"h

An online friend sent a link to a "Tim Holtz background" using Distress inks and Perfect Pearls. It was too good to pass up trying it. This is the result.

I made 3 other backgrounds before I came up with this one. The other backgrounds were good, but lacking something each time. The flourishes on the side didn't show up enough on one of them, I had done the text and then over stamped it which I didn't like, too busy and one was too dark in the center. The 3 previous ones, I had done the flourishes with the same dauber I used for the butterfly but without the clear embossing powder (Tsukineko Dauber Duo honeydew)

Most of the materials for this card are either by Suzanne Cannon (rubber stamps) or can be found at her website (Dreamweaver stencils, Distress stamp pads & refills, mini misters & Bazzil monochromatic cardstock)  "Quietfire Design"

I stamped the two flourishes using Delta Pure Color Dauber "Snow" (clean your rubber stamp). Heat set it before doing the butterfly. Rubber stamped the quote on a piece of tracing paper, so I had an approximation of where it would land when done and to position the butterfly. Used Tsukineko's Duo Dauber "Honeydew" and the smaller butterfly on the Dreamweaver stencil (it has 2 gorgeous butterflies) and clear embossed it.

Made up my mixes in the mini misters using the Distress re-inkers (1 full eyedropper) and some Perfect Pearls powder about 1/3 teaspoon (tip of my broken palette knife). Combinations were Walnut Ink/Perfect Gold & Heirloom Gold; Dried Marigold/ Perfect Copper.

Concentrated the marigold mixture more in the central portion of the design and the walnut ink overlapping and toward the edges. Dried with a hair dryer as well as daubing up with a Kleenex tissue. Rubber stamped the quote "And the day came" with Distress stamp pad "Walnut Ink". Added the two lines of copper from a random Peel Offs sheet. Rounded the corners with a mini rounder. Mounted it to Canvas & Apricot cardstock from the Orange's 5 color pack and then onto the main card using Walnut from the Brown's 5 color pack.

Quote: And the day came when the pain of remaining tight in the bud was greater than the risk it to open. Anis Nin




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