Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Happy Moments with Crystal Effects

One of my favourite techniques to use lately has been using re-inkers with Crystal Effects.  It's really easy, really effective, and a great way to do a stack of cards in the same design.  The downside is that it can be a bit fiddly (depending on the image you're using), and if you're extra fussy (like me) it can be a bit time consuming.

All I did for this card was to black emboss a few of the present image from Happy Moments onto Whisper White card stock, cut them to size and get painting with my Crystal Effects colours.  While they were drying, I did the base cards by stamping the same image in Versamark repeatedly on Kraft.  I didn't use a stamp-a-ma-jig because the image lends itself quite nicely to not being exact.  Another reason why I love this image!

When I paint the images, I do it by applying one colour at a time, not completing one image at a time.  Why?  Because it saves time by not having to constantly clean brushes between colours.  And no, you can't leave a brush with a colour still on it while you use another one - you'll come back to discover it's set and you'll need to throw your brush away.  It is Crystal Effects after all!

You'll need about 1-2 drops of ink to about half a teaspoon of Crystal Effects, but it all depends on the richness of the colour.  I used less Rich Razzleberry ink, but more Melon Mambo.  I keep mine in little resealable containers so I can use it again.

Stamp set - Happy Moments
Cardstock - Kraft, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Inks - Versamark, re-inkers in Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Dusty Durango, Bermuda Bay
Accessories - Dimenionals, black embossing powder, heat tool, Crystal Effects


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  1. What an awesome technique Danielle, thanks for sharing that with us! I love the effect it gives,much richer than just adding CE over the top of the colour.

  2. Darn it - looks like I'm going to have to invest in a whole lot of reinkers!! The colours look beautiful. Great job :)