Look Up To Father Acrylic Block Technique

by Joanne James12. April 2014 20:45

I've had a lovely day today finishing off my swaps in readiness for our quarterly team training tomorrow. Our swaps always have a theme and this quarter it's 'technique'; I've based my swaps on a card I made for the challenge over at Seize The Sketch this week, which has this great layout:

Here is my card - can you tell what technique I'm showcasing?

I know Father's Day is still a few months away, but I love the sentiment on this stamp and have been keen to use it for the first time. I decided that I would showcase the 'acrylic block & markers' technique on my card: this is where you colour an acrylic block with markers (I used a variety of greens and browns) and then spritz with water (I add a few drops of alcohol to mine so that it dries quicker) then stamp the block onto the paper.

I thought this technique would make a lovely background to the tree stamp and would add a little more interest than just colouring the image with markers directly. Here's a close-up of the stamped background:

Whilst all of my swap cards look the same, each has a slightly different central panel as each time you stamp using a block it comes out differently, making them all unique.

Sticking with the wood theme, I added a panel of Chocolate Chip embossed with the Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and stamped the layer of Crumb Cake beneath this with the Hardwood background stamp. To finish, I added a couple of chevrons as an accent - wooden of course, coloured with my Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write marker pen:

 

I also incorporated some Old Olive into the mat layers just to give the card a lift and so that it wouldn't appear too 'brown'.

I'm quite pleased with the overall end result - let's hope my team like their swaps tomorrow too!

Back tomorrow with another card; until then, happy stampin'!

 

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Deanne @ Three Trees
Deanne @ Three TreesCanada
4/13/2014 1:07:09 AM #

This is gorgeous!  I love the technique you used, I will have to try it!!!

Deanne Smile

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Joanne James
Joanne James
4/13/2014 10:09:59 PM #

Thanks Deanne - so glad you liked my card. Always nice to try something new - have a go!

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Cathy Santie
Cathy SantieUnited States
4/13/2014 6:12:32 PM #

Beautiful masculine card - love the woodgrain! Thanks for joining us at STS! Smile

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Joanne James
Joanne James
4/13/2014 10:10:58 PM #

Thanks Cathy - cards for little boys are usually as masculine as I get, but sometimes it's nice to do something new. Great STS sketch!

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~amy~
~amy~United States
4/13/2014 6:58:51 PM #

This is wonderful!  Love the added veneer!
Thanks for joining us at Seize the Sketch!

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Joanne James
Joanne James
4/13/2014 10:11:52 PM #

Thank you Amy. I'm new to STS but love a sketch challenge, so will be doing my best to join in from now on!

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Claire Grantham
Claire GranthamUnited States
4/13/2014 8:48:06 PM #

Hi Joanne, Thanks for visiting my blog after seeing my card at Seize My Sketch - how lovely is that! Love your card, especially the wooden chevrons. Cx (hamnmuledesigns.blogspot.com)

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Joanne James
Joanne James
4/13/2014 10:12:46 PM #

You are most welcome Claire - always nice to say 'hi' when something catches my eye!

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Katie Melhus
Katie MelhusUnited States
4/13/2014 10:41:08 PM #

What a fun technique!  I'm loving all your wood details, especially great for a Father's Day card.  Thanks so much for playing along at Seize the Sketch!

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Joanne James
Joanne James
4/14/2014 9:39:34 PM #

Thanks Katie - so glad you liked it!

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