Sunday, July 31, 2016

Moroccan Tile-inspired Birthday Card

I'm here with another birthday card today.   I actually had this piece in mind, with all its bright colors, when I first came up with idea to try to replicate Moroccan Tile.  My last project, Summer of Creative Chemistry 2016: Week 8 -- Embossing (with a little Moroccan inspiration), showed me what not to do with shrink plastic and alcohol ink when trying to replicate the look and feel of glass tile.  This time, I was able to control the color on the tiles, sealing them with the Krylon Triple-Thick Crystal Clear Glaze, before grouting them with the texture paste.  My experimenting turned out much better for my 2nd project.

The card background is mixed media paper.  I gave it a slight ombre effect by starting with a light coat of Candied Apple Distress Ink, applied with a blending tool, over then entire background. Then applied  more coats of Candy Apple to the top third of the card (until I had a very intense red at the top) which then blended into Abandoned Coral in the middle third, which then blended into Carved Pumpkin.  Really gorgeous colors!!!!!

After drying the ink with a heat tool, I grabbed one of my favor Tim Holtz stamps of all times( the scrollwork) and applied it to the top and bottom with Distress Embossing Ink.  I embossed the scroll work border with Ranger's Enchanted Gold embossing powder.   I absolutely loved the vibrant background, but it was almost too vivid to work on (I needed sunglasses).  So I toned it down a bit with Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges and lightly over the top of the entire background.  This made the embossed scrollwork pop a little more. I embossed another of Tim's classics stamps, with regular gold embossing powder, on a separate piece of mixed media paper.  I colored the diamonds with a Candied Apple Distress Marker.  I fussy cut the diamonds and adhered them to the background with Distress Collage Medium (matte).

I trimmed the card out with a piece of gorgeous gold fiber ribbon that I got in an after-Christmas clearance bin.  The sentiment is another Tim Holtz stamp.  I used a piece of black card stock embossed with gold embossing powder.  I added some gold remnant rubs on the sides of the sentiment and then gave it a coat of Glossy Accents.  Finally the entire background got a the "spritz and flick" with water treatment.

Now a little more info about my Moroccan-inspired "glass" tile center piece.

  The tiles were made from shrink plastic that I die cut with Tim Holtz's Trellis die.  These pieces are the insert pieces left over from the shrink plastic lattice that I used to create the "Moroccan Tiled" texture in my last project.  I stamped these left over pieces with a variety of Tim Holtz stamps prior to putting them in oven.  After the pieces did their "shrink thing" in the oven, I let them cool.  I applied a variety of colors of alcohol ink (on the opposite sides) by just dripping the ink on the side opposite of the stamped image. I used a cotton swab to mop of a little ink if it was too dark or spread ink out evenly.

I thought about adhering the tiles inside a large bezel, but then decided to try another experiment.  I die cut one of Tim's labels out of his White substrate sheets.  I laid out my tile pattern on it and decided I needed something to cover the edges of the label.  I covered the edges with Ranger's Perfect Medium and then heat embossed Turquoise Iced Enamels Relique.  Love the metallic and black flecks in it!  I edged the embossed label with Ginger alcohol ink to give it some definition.

Next I I covered the interior of the label with about a one-eighth inch thick coat of gloss Transparent Texture Paste.  I was able to apply all of my tiles at once and continue to move them around if they weren't lined up the way that I wanted them.  Applying the layer of texture paste instead of just using it as a glue (like I did with the Glossy Accents in my last project) allowed for a longer drying time of the medium.  It worked like a dream!  I let this dry for an hour before coming back to grout it.

The grout is a mixture of Ranger Texture Paste (opaque white) and Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise Spray Ink.  I managed to get just about the same hue as the turquoise Iced Enamels.   I applied it over the tiles with a palette knife and then used a water-dampened paper towel to wipe away the excess ground from the top of tiles.  I used my finger tips and a little water to smooth the texture past out in between the tiles and along the edges.  The grout cracked a little bit when flexed the substrate to flatten it out (a more rigid surface like chipboard will be my choice next time).  I then added a coat of Glossy Accents to the top of all the tiles.   After all of this dried, I adhered the center piece to my card front with foam squares.

I'm going to enter this in Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge -- Anything Goes Challenge because just about everything went on this project :)  Thanks for dropping by.  Hugs to you all!  -- Mary Elizabeth


Sara Barker said...

Mary Elizabeth, I'm so happy I checked my spam folder today, because that's where your posts are going, sadly! What an AMAZING card! the background alone is droolworthy, but that tiled panel is beyond my words this morning! Glorious, creative, stunning--all so trite! What a huge amount of work, but oh, so worth it, at least for the viewer! Your work is so inspiring and I love that you put so much of yourself into these lovely creations! Hugs!

Paper Profusion said...

I think this is the coolest project I've even seen using shrink plastic. It really is STUNNING Mary Elizabeth!! You must have the patience of job to colour and align each 'tile' so perfectly. Adore the jeweled tones - very Morroccan indeed - and the fact that each one is stamped. Brilliant art work!! Nicola x

Candy C said...

Hi Mary Elizabeth! First off, let me thank you so much for the recent comments you've left on my blog. I always love hearing from you and I hope that you are doing well. I have been awful about leaving comments since the summer began I'm very busy helping with grandkids and so forth but once school starts again, I'm hoping to be better about leaving comments! Having said that, I LOVE your Moroccan inspired birthday card! It truly is beautiful! Love all of your details and your design. Sending hugs.

Lucy said...

Everything about this is incredible. What a wonderful card, thank you for the details on how you made this masterpiece.

butterfly said...

Wow, the vivid colours and the gilding really do conjure up a hot day in the Moroccan souk... I shall need some cooling fresh mint tea to relax with now. Love the glassy sheen you've created - amazing!
Alison x