One Card, Many Different Looks

Medallion - with satin flower shimmer My September Stamp Club participants created the Stampin' Mist Ink Wash card at our last event, and I was fascinated by all of the different looks that everyone had for their cards! 

Of course, one reason for the difference, was that not everyone's Ink Wash technique worked as successfully as others.  We discovered that the more you ink your base card stock, the better the Medallion design will appear.  It's also better that the ink still be fresh, and not thoroughly dry as I originally posted.  I'll be updating my original post with these new tips!

The heated Satin Ribbon Flower was a big hit—I knew it would be!  It's so pretty!

I provided everyone with several colors of inks that they could choose from for the base of their card, which, along with the trial-and-error results, really made everyone's card unique!  I thought it would be fun to show you some of the different designs that were created.  Take a look!

STamp Club sept 2010 - medallion peggy  


Peggy Tassler—She used Elegant Eggplant and created a frame around her label using the technique the we learned for the Decorative Label punch layer.  Her medallion wasn't very visible, but the mottled background still looks fabulous!








STamp Club sept 2010 - medallion kari
Kari Heitmann—I love the Cherry Cobbler color combination!  She also layered her Modern Label punch by cutting the second punch in half and adhering them to the sides of the original punch.  The medallion wasn't very defined, but the Smooch Spritz made the background dazzle!







STamp Club sept 2010 - medallion mary


Mary Baker—Oooo, monochromatic!  Love it!  This Soft Suede and Very Vanilla color scheme gives the card simple elegance!  Couldn't you see it as a wedding or anniversary card?







STamp Club sept 2010 - medallion deb
Deb Pott—I knew Deb would choose purple (she loves that color!), and even though the medallion didn't come out well, the direct-to-paper background is so pretty with the shimmery Smooch! 








STamp Club sept 2010 - medallion carmen
Carmen DeBruce—There's a little serendipity going on with this creation.  Carmen forgot to mist her stamp with Stampin' Mist, so she only had VersaMark on her Medallion.  She used the heat tool to dry and darken the image, and consequently, it caused the entire piece to take on an oxidized look that perfectly matched the Soft Suede color!  Another example of taking a "mistake" and turning it into awesome creativity!  She added pleated ribbon and a double-layer sentiment.






STamp Club sept 2010 - medallion annie


Annie Kolb—Annie was one of our guests.  I love how she took the basic ideas and made them her own!  Her medallion didn't show up very well, but she made up for that with some fantastic embellishments!  She added Cajun Craze ink to the edges of satin ribbon flower, and used extra ribbon petals as a pretty border.  The sentiment, punched with the Decorative Label punch, looks great tucked behind the flower.






STamp Club sept 2010 - medallion jennifer
Jennifer Fisher-Ponko—I love how Jennifer makes the flower the true and simple focal point of her Elegant Eggplant card.  She used less ink the the background, so the medallion didn't show up at all, but again, the softer look, with all the ink pad edge lines, gives is a lot of interest.  She chose to keep her ribbon petals square and I love the pointy look that results! 







STamp Club sept 2010 - medallion kathy


Kathy Kolb—Kathy's medallion showed up pretty well, just not in my picture.  She wanted a larger sentiment, so she tried out the Decorative Label punch frame in So Saffron and Old Olive.  Very nice!








(I realized, after the fact, that I had missed taking photos of Judy's and Kim's projects—I apologize that yours aren't featured here!)

So, I discovered a few things during our experimenting… 

  • First, no one liked my Pacific Point/Soft Suede color combination!  Pffft!  *pouts* 
  • Second, with just a few variables (like color or punches), you really can get A LOT of different looking styles of cards!
  • Finally, even if the original technique or design doesn't work the way you originally intended, it doesn't mean that you can't "go with the flow" and create something absolutely fabulous.  You know what they say about makin' lemonade!  

Be sure to come and experiment with us at our next Stamp Club meeting on October 8!  Contact me for more information.



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