Sunday, October 4, 2009

Winter’s Song

First I want to start out and say THANK YOU to all my followers (to date 50) and to the ones that have subscribed.

I am going to try something a little different with my blog…self-promotion. During now and the middle of November I will be preparing for an arts festival. And with that preparation comes new creations.

This first creation came about as a result of one technique called “Terraza Tones” from the TechniqueJunkies Newsletter. Thanks to Terri with Cards and Moore by Terri for turning me into a TechniqueJunkie. You can find subscription information at http://techniquejunkies.com. These newsletters are fantastic and well worth your time. They will keep the creative juices flowing.

The beautiful Southwest stamp was created by I Brake for Stamps. Check this site out. Her stamps are creative, wonderful, deeply etched, and just the right size! I don’t need anymore rubber stamps! But my addiction is so strong and uncontrollable!


This 5”x7” greeting card was so much fun to make! The “Terraza Tones” is created using instant coffee. I had nothing in the house other than drip. I tried that and could not accomplish the depth in color that I wanted. So my wonderful husband went to the store for me and purchased Chase and Sanborne instant coffee. Much, much better. The close up photo below will show the depth. You can control the strength of instant coffee. All the brown in this piece is the instant coffee. I do want to try and find the Terraza coffee. This coffee is a high-end instant coffee and hopefully it will be in gourmet shops.

The base card is a gorgeous Stardream metallic oyster color card stock. Other stocks I have used are watercolor paper and metallic copper card stock. Color enhancements are optional, but I used Twinks watercolors, copic markers, and copper ultra fine glitter. I have even used an unbleached coffee filter.


The stamp (central image) is stamped with black pigment ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. The piece of ivory stock that the central image is mounted on has been accented with copper pigment ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.

More self-promotion…I have Winter’s Song for sale in all of my online shops/studios. Here are the links:
Etsy-http://ajsdesigns.etsy.com
ArtFire-http://ajsdesigns.artfire.com
1000Markets-http://ajsdesigns.1000markets.com
Zibbet-http://zibbet.com/ajsdesigns

Thanks so much for stopping by! And I hope everyone has a good week!

4 comments:

Terri said...

Great idea! I really like how this card came out. Thanks for mentioning my name too. So glad to hear how much you are enjoying the newsletter.

1CardCreator said...

Awesome card Aletha, I like your new direction for your blog. I'll have to sign up for that newsletter too, thanks for sharing. I will put a link to your Etsy shop on my blog also. Take care, ~Diane

Cara said...

Gorgeous card and you should proudly promote it!!
Best!
Cara

Killam Creative said...

Aletha, this is a striking card! You are so generous to use your blog to highlight other artists - I'm glad you've decided to throw your own work into the mix! I loved reading your creative process, and I hope you do more self-promotion posts.

Nicely done on Craftgawker, too. *wink*

Susan
http://killamcreative.blogspot.com

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