Feb 18 2017
Good morning sweet friends, I have a beautiful painted fuchsia card to share with you today!
I created the card by using a relatively new product line called Groovi. You may recall the lingerie pieces I did a few months back, I used the Groovi parchment craft system to create those designs as well (here and here). The designs caught the eye of Barbara Gray, the owner of Clarity Stamps, who created the Groovi system. Barbara has graciously invited me to design with her team and I have accepted . . . so tickled pink to be a part of the Groovi team and to contribute my “take” of designs using the amazing Groovi products.
One of the things I love most about the Groovi system is the unlimited combinations of designs that can be created using the acrylic plates, there are now over 300 plates to select from. You all know me well enough by now to know how much I enjoy painting. Today I want to share with you the process of how I created this lovely card.
Here’s a quick tutorial on how I created the design: The plate has multiple stacking hearts, each heart shape is a groove etched in the acrylic plate. You simply place the plate on a light box, grooved side up, place a piece of parchment paper over the plate, use an extra small ball embossing tool (1mm) and emboss over the grooved shapes. For smooth embossing I rub a Bounce dryer sheet over the parchment first.
I selected the largest heart shape on the plate for my design. I placed this piece of parchment paper onto the heart plate and embossed the heart, I turned the parchment paper over to see this lovely white embossed heart . . . a beautiful white perfectly embossed heart . . . so easy!
This is an acrylic plate with multiple fuchsia images on it. Again, those white lines are grooves in the plate. You place the parchment on the plate over the flowers and emboss within the grooves using an embossing ball tool (1mm). This is where the fun begins, you have multiple options available to create a gorgeous design and make it your own! The late Jayne Nestorenko was the artist who designed this lovely plate, acrylic stamps of these images are available as well.
If I’m running short on time and choose not to paint an image, I can easily emboss a design and place it on a pretty card base as I have done here. This lovely card took all of five minutes to emboss, about ten minutes to perforate and cut the lovely card base, a sweet little bow to accessorize the card and it’s finished . . . a perfect birthday card to give to someone special.
Since I opted to paint the card, I needed to create a template/pattern for the painting. To do this I placed a black piece of card stock on the back side of the plate and made a photocopy of it. The white groove lines popped bright white and were very easy to trace. Now here’s a cool tip: To create a mirror image of the plate, flip it over and place the black card stock on the front of the plate and make a photocopy . . . voilá . . a mirror image.
To create the heart outline, I placed a sheet of copy paper over the heart plate and using a light box traced the grooves of the largest heart with a regular pencil (sharpen the lead to a point to fit within the grooves). I removed the acrylic plate from the light box and then placed the photocopy of the fuchsia flowers on the light box and placed the traced heart over it and traced the design as shown above. At this point there are multiple possibilities for a design, let your creativity take over.
I placed the parchment paper I embossed the heart on earlier (see several pics above) over the fuchsia template to paint the image above with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils and Faber-Castell watercolor pencils. I lightly colored the image with Polychromos pencils and used Dorso Oil to blend the color; I used the water color pencils to paint the shading and fine details.
Once the painting was completed and allowed to dry thoroughly, I shallowly perforated around the edge of the embossed heart with a 3-needle perforating tool. Small circles were embossed around the perforations, I then embossed the flowers and leaves. Once all embossing was complete, I perforated the border again with deeper perforations, cutting the deep perforations with parchment scissors.
To create the card base, I traced the largest heart again with a pencil, enlarged the pattern with a photocopier and sketched the scallop border around the larger heart to create a template.
I placed white parchment paper over the largest heart on the acrylic plate and embossed it, I then cut out the heart with regular scissors (fussy cutting) and adhered the painted heart on top of the white parchment heart using Perga Glue. The focal image was adhered to the card base using Perga Glue. I placed tiny bits of Perga Glue in the darkest areas of the paint so that it wouldn’t show through. To make the card base, I placed a sheet of regular parchment paper over the card base template and traced the scalloped border with white lead and embossed it. I used Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils to shade the parchment in shades of pink and lavender around the border, using Dorso Oil to blend the colors. The border was perforated with a 2-needle perforating tool and cut with parchment scissors. Using the scalloped pattern I made above, I traced and cut a pink layer of card stock to insert inside the card base as an inner card.
This all sounds like a lot of work, but it was truly easier than it sounds. With a light box and photocopier it’s very easy to create beautiful parchment patterns with the acrylic plates.
A close up of the embossing illustrates the clean, crisp embossed lines achieved by using the Groovi plates. The possibilities are truly endless! What a simply beautiful card to present to someone special!
If you’re interested in learning more about the Groovi system, please feel free to e-mail me. Barbara has a wonderful you tube video demonstrating the Groovi system plates here, as well as multiple other you tube videos demonstrating various projects here.
Thanks so much for stopping by, sending you sweet warm Spring wishes. I’ll be back soon to share more!
Products used to create this card:
Groovi: Shaped Heart Plate
Groovi: Fuchsia Plate
Groovi: Parchment Paper
Pergamano: Dorso Oil
Pergamano: Parchment Scissors
Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils
Faber-Castell Water Color Pencils
DaVinci #1 Sable Watercolor Brush