Monday, January 24, 2011

Sepia & a new release

Good Monday morning to you, my friends. How about those Packers? While my husband watched the game, my daughter & I put together a 1000 piece puzzle. I just sorta kept one ear tuned into the game. She came over for lunch & wanted to do a puzzle, since it had been quite a while since either of us had put one together. It was a fun time together.

Since I teach a monthly technique class, I'm always looking for fun, yet easy techniques to teach, whether an old standby or something new. Recently I came across a technique called Sepia. That's pretty self-explanatory - brown tones like an old photo. Last weekend I tried it with the instructions given, but I just couldn't like how anything turned out, and I will not teach something that I'm not comfortable with or that has very inconsistent results. I don't mean that every piece has to look exactly the same, but rather, the end quality of the technique has to be consistent. So later this week, I decided to play around with the instructions again and see if I could change it to get better results. I'm pleased to say that it worked. Briefly, you stamp your image with timber brown stazon (or other permanent brown ink) and then paint with white pigment ink, and a light and dark brown dye ink.

My first card is a newly released digital image from Squigglefly, called 'I can hear the ocean'. The challenge this week on the Squigglefly blog is 'Living on the Edge'. Be sure to go check out all the designers cards and play along.

Before I printed the image, I adjusted the color a bit to get a brown instead of black (don't ask - I'm in no way an expert - I just played with the red & green a bit). Then I used the white and brown inks to color the image. I die cut it with a circle nestabilities die from Spellbinders and sponged the edge with browns. I added a cream circle and a lacey circle in chocolate behind the image. I painted over the shell with crystal effects, but it doesn't show up much in the photo.

The sentiment is from a set of words I bought years ago locally. I'm really bad at keeping track of what dp I have, so I don't know the manufacturer. There is a chocolate layer and the card base is creamy caramel.

My second card with the sepia technique uses all the same cardstock colors and inks. The image is from Fast & Fabulous (SU). The sentiment is from My Sentiments Exactly, and the background is made using Bella Toile & Linen (SU), with a lot of sponging involved.

I also used Spellbinders petite ovals and ribbon tags trio, along with some chocolate grosgrain ribbon and dimensional tape.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a wonder-filled week.


Anonymous said...

Hi Melody!! :) LOVE both of these creations hun!! I love the details you've added to your SF card!! The image is gorgeous and your sepia colors look fantastic!! Beautiful job sweetie!! HUGS

Card Crazy said...

Two beautiful cards. The sepia technique is really lovely, soft and gentle - peaceful.
Sue S.

Dani said...

Beautiful!!! I am so loving your cards!!

Holly said...

wow melody, I think you've definitely got the technique down! These are both really so pretty! I love the softness of this technique and the paper you used in the background of the first card is lovely! By the way - I do have a video that shows you how to change the color of a digital image here

Starla said...

Love the sepia look!! Will have to experiment with this some time!
BTW~I think the first dp is from Como Cricket's Wanted....if not, it is very, very similiar!!

Rebecca said...

this is GORGEOUS!!! And go GREEN BAY *crossing my fingers for a superbowl victory*!

Cyndee Scholet said...

Becca at is Sharing the Comment Wealth and I picked you.

How serendipitous - I was searching for a blog to comment on and I found yours.

The name lacy quilter caught my eye. I love lace and my mother-in-law enjoyed learning how to tat prior to her passing.

I also enjoyed seeing your card creations. I love Spellbinders dies!

Lisa Atha said...

Becca at is Sharing the Comment Wealth and I picked you.

I love your blog! I love the title too, I am purple freek, thus my blog title is Inspired by Purple! So, naturally, I had to check your out with the word Lilac in it! Congrats on the Squigglefly DT! I too am on two Digi image DT's, they are such fun!
Anyhoo, your creations are so pretty, keep crafting!


Susan (rainy) said...

Melody! These are so beautiful and elegant. And I love how you offset the circle on the first card and the perfect sponging on the second. Gorgeous!

Brenda said...

Becca at is sharing the Comment Wealth and I picked you. I have never been to your blog before but I am impressed with all the talent and creativity I see. You do indeed have some beautiful cards. I especially liked the Sepia technique cards.

Rebecca Ednie said...

I love the floral card. So pretty! Becca at is Sharing the Comment Wealth and I picked you.