Monday, February 10, 2020

Sara Naumann Valentines with PaperArtsy Infusions

Happy Monday friends!  It's Autumn Clark from SewPaperPaint with you to share some quick and easy mixed media Valentine cards.

I've been having a good 'ole time playing with my PaperArtsy Infusions powders.  I wanted to try them with an embossing resist.  I chose one of Seth Apter's mini stamps, EM41, for my background, stamping it three times across my card to make a stripe.  I clear embossed it three times to get a nice chunky texture so my Infusions would have a spot to pool.

I always spritz my panels with water before adding my Infusions powders so they have somewhere to stick.  I used Magenta first.  I let the color bleed and sprayed with more water, moving the powder with my finger tips (you can use a brush if you like) until I achieved the desired effect.  Next I added Terracotta and let the color bleed toward the Magenta, leaving some light space in the middle.

For my first card, I decided to stamp the large bird from Sara's ESN34 stamp set in black gesso.  I thought the gesso would work well over the embossing and I prefer a matte black image to a glossy black embossing.  I used my stamp platform and applied the gesso with a foam wedge, stamping two or three times until I achieved the desired coverage (then cleaning my stamp immediately).  When the image was dry, I added highlights with a white Uniball pen.  I inked the edges of my panel with Versafine Onyx Black.

For my next card, I simply made a random background with Magenta and Terracotta Infusions, completely covering a sheet of watercolor paper.  When my panel was dried, I used texture paste through Sara's stencil PS092.  I let the stencil paste air dry overnight, knowing it would pull the pigment and tint the paste as it dried.  I squealed when I awoke and saw it!  :)

I wanted to add another bold focal image to this card, but didn't want to cover the glorious background, so I stamped the butterfly row from Sara's ESN33 stamp set, again in black gesso, but this time onto a piece of torn vellum.  I stitched the vellum to my background.  Both sentiments are stickers, highlighted with watered black ink.  The hearts were cut from the rest of the sheet of inky background paper I made for this card.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing Infusions powders in action today and will try making some Infused backgrounds of your own.  Hugs, Autumn

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  1. These are absolutely gorgeous Autumn. I love how the infusions blended to make such impacting backgrounds. Sarah’s black silhouette stamps really make those colours pop. Love them!

    1. Thanks, they really pack a punch and yes Sara's stamps are the BOMB! :)

  2. Beautiful cards ! My hands are itching to use pigment powders now !


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