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    Deb Lovett's Spray Starch Challenge

I enjoy stamping and learning new techniques, and I look for opportunities to share that enjoyment with others. I am a teacher at heart. That teaching opportunity may be in a class, a tutorial, or even by publishing a card and explaining how it is made.

Deb acknowledges her love of techniques and her willingness to share them. Her belief that "even if we aren't "artistic," we can be creative and make something lovely" is at the heart of the tutorials and challenges here at gg designs.This month she is sharing her "Spray Starch Technique." She writes: BTW, as far as I know I came up with the technique. I was doing a : "Stamping Around the House" series several years ago and wanted to have a class using items from the laundry room, and wondered what would happen if I mixed spray starch and PE [Pearl Ex]. I was thrilled with how it turned out... I sent the technique to Technique Junkies and Pat featured it as an Ultimate Technique. After a year or so I sent it to Take Ten and they they featured it in the Jan 2008 issue. That was pretty exciting for me.

Spray Starch Technique

You will love the shimmer and shine of this amazingly simple background.

Materials needed:
Black cardstock
Spray Starch (I use Niagra)
Pearl Ex (one or more colors)
Foam paint brush
Tray (devoted to crafting)

• Place black cardstock on the tray and spray it liberally with Spray Starch.
• Tap on Pearl Ex powder(s).
• Use the foam paint brush to swirl the Pearl Ex into the Spray Starch. If using more than one color, try not to mix.
• Let dry. Use as a background, or emboss your stamped image with a contrasting color directly on the Spray Starch background.

Note: The Spray Starch acts as the adhesive and sets the Pearl Ex.

There you have it! Short-Sweet-Simple! And oh so much fun!

We think you will love playing with this lush technique. But don't get stuck on using it just for backgrounds. See what else you can come up with.
For this month's Challenge, please use Deb's Spray Starch Technique and Arlene's Rubberstampchat December Challenge Sketch:            (Note: We've linked to the RSC Challenge but would like you to use Deb's Technique combined with Arlene's Sketch. Thanks.)

This sketch allows the background to be quite visible, but if you feel you need more space to show off your Spray Starch results, alter away! Here at ggd we pretty much believe that directions, sketches and other guidelines are idea starters and points of departure. The important thing is to PLAY!

ggd: We are anxious to see what you come up with. This month's winner will have the choice of either of the specials below.

Send a scan of your entry to: Spray Starch Challenge.  Thanks.

2/28/10 After a month of entries, Deb writes:

I love . . . idea "that directions, sketches and other guidelines are idea starters and points of departure. The important thing is to PLAY!"That is what is happening here and I am delighted to see the variations! I hope you all are having fun!
The SS Technique isn't limited to black (as in my directions)! Yogi's and Jeanette's art is beautiful on white! And green! Look at how pretty the SS background looks on Deloris's dark green cardstock.

I also never thought of trying this technique on glossy cardstock, but again, we see from Jeanette's art that it works!

I usually limit my PE to just one color (see my initial samples), but Debbie and Yogi show us what wonderful backgrounds you can get with more PE colors!!!!

Plus for variety, we can throw away the foam paintbrush and tilt the paper and let the colors flow towards each other for another great look! Thanks, Yogi, for that tip.

Hmm, I wonder what other variations we can come up with?

Thanks for playing and sharing your ideas and art!

Deb Lovett


ATC's Anyone?

Deb sends these two samples of ATC's for those who have by now accumulated a stack of lovely background paper and don't know what to do with it.

What are ATCs? Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) are mini works of art that
measure 3 1/2" by 2 1/2". They fit perfectly in baseball card pocket
folders for easy keeping in 3-ring binders. Or you can use these ATCs
by mounting them as a focal image on cards.

It was so much fun creating and experimenting
with Spray Starch.

Would you like to have some of these beautiful Spray Starch Creations for your very own?
   Besides being fun to own, they make a great "reference tool"
when you are making  backgrounds to use in future projects.

Join us in the

Spray Starch ATC Swap

Send eight (similar) ATCs / Receive eight ATCs
Sign up by March 30 by contacting Swap Hostess Deb Lovett to receive the mailing address and any additional information you request.

Due Date: April 8
Send your eight ATCs and include a self addressed mailing label.
Deb will collect all the ATC's and mail your set to you.

All submissions will be scanned and featured here in the Gazette.

For more information, or to ask Deb a question CLICK HERE


3/27/10  The ATC swap sounds great !
Just wondering- They need to be at Deb's by April 8 or mailed out by then ?
I made one tiny mistake, I had made the ATC prior to signing up as I wanted to make sure I had time to get them done, but I made them all different-somehow I missed the same design part...lol... I don't have enough back ground paper left ( had 8 sheets) but made cards & such...so I'll pick a design & try to recreate it & go from there...
Wanted to add Everyone's artwork . . . using this technique is outstanding !!

ggd....We agree! There's been a LOT of lovely work presented in this challenge. And, it sounds like everyone will be using this technique often.
As for your question about doing eight alike, check with Deb. (Use the "Click Here" link above.

3/30/10     Spray Starch ATC Swap Update
I am very excited about the response to the Spray Starch ATC swap. I
will extend the sign up deadline -- but the receiving date of April 8
is firm. People are already sending me their art. I know everyone will
want to have some of these ATCs for their very own!

Yes, Nancy, please send your 8 ATCs even if they are all different. I
was just trying to save everyone some time and creativity by
suggesting that the ATCs be the same.



                  New Submissions and Really New Submissions!
These were submitted long after the Spray Starch Tutorial and Challenge were over. (On June 12, 2010)We are delighted that people are using the technique and still interested in it. It's great....versitle....very useful, besides being fun to do!

Grandma Lee writes:

Hi! I've been bad about sending pics of cards using your stamps. [Not a problem! We are pleased and flattered when you use ggd images but it is not the sole criteria for entering any of the challenges. We don't want that to limit anyone's participation!]I only have a couple for now, but I have several I just need to finish soon so I can send them with my box of cards to Operation Write Home.

The first card uses Deb Lovett's Spray Starch Technique. I sprayed it on black cardstock with several colors of Pearl Ex. Instead of using a paint brush for spreading the colors around, I used plastic wrap scrunched up in a ball. I patted it all around to make sure all of the Pearl Ex was dispersed in the spray starch. After it was dry, I stamped the image with Memento Black Tuxedo ink onto this cardstock. The colors really highlighted this wonderful image! I stamped the phrase from PSX on white cardstock, but next time I will try it on the spray starch cardstock. Since I just purchased a scoring board, I ran lines across the cardstock from the back for a dramatic touch. I added a little bling & she was ready to go!

Unfortunately, the next one doesn't use one of your images, [ggd: Again, not a problem.] but I wanted to show how dramatic this small image looks on the spray starch cardstock. I just used a strip of DP matted down the side of the card with a lace edging. The butterfly is by Victorine Originals, and I cut it out, rolled the edges on a pen and then glued it down with some Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive on the center of the image. I added some rhinestones to the edge & one for the head of the butterfly to finish off the card.
Thanks so much for offering these awesome techniques for us to try.* I'll send you more pics later of your images on the cards I'm working on now.

Thanks again,
Lee Tucker

*Thanks for trying them and showing us all your results


3/30/10  Thanks everyone for playing and experimenting with the Spray Starch Technique. This has been such a joy! Thanks ggdesigns for hosting this challenge!    Deb

Happy Easter and Spring, . . . Stamping Sisters,

The spray starch and Pearl Ex examples are stunning and prove that we all have our own distinct styles. Deb often uses one color of PX, but I never use less than three at one time. Our individual tastes and styles are what makes art so exciting and fun because our art is an extention of who we are on the deepest levels. Congratulations to all of the artists who shared their interpretation of a fabulous technique and to Deb who taught me last summer and has encouraged me to take risks and expand my art.

KISS = Keep It Simple, Stampers,

Jean H.-S.

4/1/10 Inky Jo says:
Here's another . . . I really like this technique, cause you can't mess it up..lol..and I am famous for messing things up and having to do them 10 times over before i get a good one.

Joannie Davis


3/31/10 Not sure you want this spray starch card because it uses a digi image but I'm sending it anyway. I like how it turned out. It was made for a sketch challenge using black, white and one color. My sailor girl would have looked better with a bit of color in her face. But, I like how the spray starch background looks beachy.


3/29/10 "Inky Jo" (Joannie Davis) sends this tag>>>

made using blue and silver pearl ex. with the starch.

3/28/10 ggd: We wrote to our Gazette Subscriber list to tell them about all the new images. We titled the post : Our Page Runneth Over!

Jeanette Waters responded with: It runneth over with beauty.  We agree!

3/28/10     From: Jean Heady-Spahr

The Ghost Horses are done with the sponge applicator.

The second group are the flip or snap of the wrist.

The third is the smoosh in the baking pan technique.

     Ghost Horses--Sponge Brush Technique

Jean's "Flip or Snap: Technique which she discusses with Deb below (with her submission below on this page)





These use the  "Smoosh in the baking pan" technique.
Don't you just love the technical terms?

St Paddy's Day Card With Spray Starch Style!

Posted 3/15/10

Here's a card I made using the technique with PE interference green,, I used a fan brush to applied it to the already starch sprayed black card stock. sorry the picture is reflecting off the aceatate I used to stamp the saying.. It says Happy St. Patty's Day... This is the best picture to show off the shimmer ..
( I already mailed out the card or I would have tried for a better picture) I made lots of background paper w/ different colors, (sending you a sample) love the way they came out.. had alotta fun with this..

Nancy Chebuske-Guevara

And a sample Spray Starch background:

ggd: The possibilities for this technique seem endless. Isn't this FUN?

Nancy, I love the effect you got with the fan brush! The sample piece makes me imagine looking over a field of blue coneflowers! It has a sense of depth; a lovely work of ART, worthy of framing.

I'm just wowed by how this is evolving. Each new piece adds something to our symphony. I'm really enjoying seeing the results.

The entries just keep better and better. Isn't it amazing...one technique....many different results. I really is a wonderful technique. Thanks Deb for sharing with us.


3/12/10  Sally Bowen writes:

Here's a piece I created using the spray starch method on black cardstock, and pearl white Pearl-Ex. I used a mask from Tim Holtz. The piece is a spread for an altered book, theme of "Music to my Ears". I sprayed the piece with fixative, then glued it into . . . book:

ggd:  Anybody read music!  WANT this to be "Stormy Weather" but know it's not. Oh well, it's dramatic anyway! Really great.

From Deb:  Wow, Sally, this turned out fantastic. Great idea to use a mask! It
sure works.

3/6/10--Michelle Morlan tries her had at the Spray Starch Technique.....Does she EVER!

She writes:
Was looking through the blog and could not resist giving this a try!
However, I did not have canned spray, so I used the condensed and add
the water type. At first
I was a little disappointed with the results,
but as it dried I really found that I liked it a lot.
I did it on a huge piece of heavy water color paper, so it has a nice
to it. I also stamped over it all with some little dots and
scroll images.
Hope you like it!


P.S. . . the challenge was fun, and I am glad that you like them all!
I have a bunch all cut up into ATC size just begging for something to
be done with them!

ggd: Really a new approach.....and different materials. Any chance we can get you to talk a little more about how you adapted the technique from "Spray Starch" to liquid starch? Some of us are more intimidated by directions than you obviously are and wouldn't begin to be so adventuresome. It certainly seems to have worked equally well but could you fill in the details just a bit?    Thanks so much.


3/6/10--From Deb Lovett:

Wow!! Is this ever cool, Michelle!
Who would have though we could substitute liquid starch!?


From Deb-3/5/10

These samples are amazing . I am also having alot of fun seeing the variations you all are coming up with!
Thanks, ggd, for providing this fun "play place" for us!

ggd--Thanks to all of you for playing in this Internet CyberSandBox!

Posted March 5-- Hi, it's "'dragonfairie from RSC. I have attached a couple cards I made. . . . I hope you enjoy them both, Jennifer

ggd--When we pressed Jenifer for "how to" details she wrote:
Honestly there isn't anything special about them, they both use the spray starch tech I made so much of it and I really loved the colors, lol. The ivy leaves were double stamped in Sage Green Ancient Page ink and glue dots were used to attach them to one another so the top one would stand up some.

The gargoyle sketch is from the Smeared and Smudged ning group challenge. it is 4.25 x 6.5" to get all the elements to fit. and it uses scraps of the spray starched bg I had left.

btw I was looking at the gargoyle and decided it needed to be reworked . . . sorry, I am not a very chatty person most the time. Jennifer

ggd--Sorry if we pushed you out of your comfort zone Jennifer, but we DO love DETAILS  : )

Posted March 1-- Deb's Friend Jean send us this card taking this technique in a whole new direction and "they" (Deb and Jean) "discuss" the process:

Deb: My memory of stamping together with Jean was that Jean used a piece of straw cut on an angle (making a type of scoop). She dipped the scoop into the Pearl Ex and flicked it on to the Spray Starch-sprayed paper.
(The red and yellow reflections are from scanning the card through a clear envelope.)

Jean: The only thing I did to create the nebula was flick or snap my wrist. I think the results are fabulous.
I have had so much fun sharing spray starch and PX with other stampers. Thank you so much [Deb]for sharing it with me.

ggd "butts in": Thanks for coming here to share your version with us. We appreciate Deb's willingness to teach this technique to us and are having a lot of fun (as you can tell by all the participation). We hope to see as many versions as possible.  (Should we all run out and buy stock in "Niagra?"  With an "N not a V! ")
Posted 3/5/10  A "PS" from Jean:

Have any of you tried another spary starch-PX technique that uses a baking pan? I prefer my 11 x 15" pan. Liberally sprinkle PX in the pan to roughly the size of the card stock. Banging or shaking the pan distribute the color. Liberally spray with spray starch --- I think Faultless works best. Smoosh the card stock in the mixture. Lift and check for dry spots and resmoosh if necessary. I had added more starch and gotten as many as 3 more smooshes. Each repetition is different and lighter. Try different dark colored card stock.

Since I am severely technologically challenged, I need to find someone to help me scan so I can send some samples. I am truly grateful to Deb for sharing her knowledge and inspiration with me.


Posted: February 28, 2010--I decided to make a card out of the "Castle in the Sky."        Sally B.

I think I'll try this technique again! I'm getting the hang of it.

Additional Comment: Jeanette, that card is simply gorgeous!      Sally B.

Posted: February 28, 2010
From Jeanette: Here is another go at spray starch and Pearl Ex technique. This time I lightly sprayed the black card stock with the starch and just tapped my brush in the Pearl Ex and then dabbed and brushed it on. I got a much different result this time. I think I'll be sending another card....I have several pieces of altered card stock still to play with.      

Comments: There sure have been some great cards sent using this technique. Sally's blue and gold is a real stunner. And Ida's tulips are spectacular. This is really a great technique thanks to . . . Deb for introducing it to us.
                                                                                     Jeanette Waters


Posted: February 26, 2010

Ida Abshier joins in with this gg designs tulip image and a lovely gold spray starch background.
The tulip looks "3-D" and almost like it might have been done with the SS and Pearl Ex as well.....but we'll have to wait until Ida lets us in on her secrets.

2/27/10  Ida explains her process:
I used the spray starch for the background. The tulips were stamped with Versamark watermark pad and brushed with pearl ex. It is 3-D....I layered three tulips on top of the base.
In order to build up the layers, I used my low temp glue gun as most adhesives won't adhere to Pearl Ex.

2/27/10   Ida's tulip is stunning and could be framed! I guessed what she used on the tulip before reading down to it and I was right. Love that technique too.
Arlene Faber

Comments from Yogi


I see there are a lot more beautiful pieces.

The winged horse [Jeanette Waters] is gorgeous.

Love Ida's 3D tulip. Looks fabulous.

Sally's backgrounds, look pretty good to me. Love her pink one with the abstract stamping. I agree with Arlene, if the background has a lot happening in it, then bolder stamps are needed rather than fine lined stamps which get lost, and vice a versa

Deb's pot of flowers looks great. That stamp image worked exceptionally well.

Jeanette's pieces are wonderful. Love the key and lock. Good idea with the textured print. I'm not into arches and stuff, but it's a beauty. Love the way the raven sits in that branch. The background just suits the image so well.

Linda's leaf pieces are beautiful as well. I'm partial to the one on the left.

Take care Yogi

2/26/10--Sally B. Baltimore, MD Writes:
After trying this technique on several pieces of paper, I have some observations:

1. I find the PX on the starch hard to control. If I use the sponge applicator on it, I think it just looks messy. Sometimes the PX bunches up and when dry still moves about. Any suggestions?

2. I don't find it any easier to manipulate the PX on the starch by tilting the paper.

I'm sending some photos of what I got so far (I haven't given up), but it is no where near the delicate touch others have gotten. Maybe just as backgrounds, they'll work out?
This one is wrinkled...maybe I'll iron it out.

Sally B.
Baltimore, MD

Posted 2/26/10   You know it’s funny all the examples have different varations to them. Some are smoothed out, some are not, some have great texture. I guess it’s all in perspective. Art is all about uniqueness and fun! I think Sallys examples are awesome! Beautiful colors. Nice layers, nice textures. You could easily stamp over or use as a background. Maybe too much spray starch. I started lightly then added more to create what I thought was pleasing to myself. Not sure what others have said but maybe start lightly and layer on. I also used different paint brushes not just a foam brush. Some big some small. I know probably not much help.

Debby Boltman

For Sally:

I would love to see these pieces when you have stamped something on top of them and embossed it. The colors are wonderful! You might want to try a stippling brush or even some crumpled saran wrap. Just play in the wet stuff and set it aside to dry......then use it to stamp on, or punch shapes in.



Yes, this technique is hard to control! And to me, that is part of the delight of it. You really don't know what you will get, and you can't duplicate it.

I have found if you have too much PE in one area, the PE tends to cake and you can brush it off with your finger. It is hard to stamp directly on the cakey areas, but they make wonderful backgrounds. I have seen a variation of the SS technique based on this idea, where you actually dump a capful of PE in an area and get a starburst effect. I have a friend who made some wonderful "planetary" cards this way. You can spray with a fixative (or hair spray) to seal this variation of the technique.

Even after a background has sat for a while, you can add more spray starch, but it will make everything become liquid-y, and if you are using more than one color of PE you will get mud. Since I just use one color of PE, I never had the mudding of the colors.

I really like the pink one and would like to know how to do that on purpose! I like the texture and the white "frothy" look.


2/27/10 Sally B. Returns.......

Hi, again!

The first one I did iron and sprayed with hair spray. Then I stamped and embossed it as such:


This next one I sprayed hair spray on, stamped and embossed:



The background is too uniform, I used broad spongy strokes. It's the only one I've done in black so far.

I think I do use too much spray starch. It's pretty thick when I put it on. As well, I'm heavy handed with the PX. Not always bad, but I did have to scrape off some of the PX before stamping.

I'd love some comments! I appreciate the comments so far. I am feeling more at home with the process, I realize that I need to loosen up! *Thank you all.

*Good advice for us all, with this technique. ggd

2/27/10 Arlene Faber observes:
Sally used fine line stamps and after seeing several samples now it seems that the bolder embossed designs don't get so lost into the stunning backgrounds. Perhaps you want to try that Sally if you have bolder stamps to use.


Thanks, Arlene . . . I do see what you mean, I didn't think of that when I stamped and embossed.

I may cut these and redo some area to see how they come out. I'm also planning to make more backgrounds!

That said, the cards WOW me, congratulations to you folks who submitted such beautiful, finished products! I really am in awe.

Sally B.


Posted: February 23, 2010

This is a ggd image. Click on cards to see other versions.

Deb Lovett .......

sends this additional sample which utilizes Arlene's sketch.

ggd: Just as a "conversation starter"--How many of you like using sketches to get you started? How many find sketches hamper you?

From Jeanette Waters:

The large one follows the sketch, sort of, and the smaller one is a tag I made for a Gothic Arch challenge.

The larger paper started with a texture print and I did the spray starch technique of that. The smaller panel is the technique used on white glossy card stock. I forgot to swirl with a paint brush. I'll be sure to do that when I send another entry.


ggd: Yay! We'll be looking forward to it!

Yogi sends a second sample....

and gives comprehensive how to directions on her blog. (She has given permission to include them here.)

I really wanted to use this bird image I recently got and thought the spray starch technique would work just wonderfully with it. I used white cardstock again, sprayed the starch generously, then sprinkled the Pearl Ex on the wet surface (From top to bottom - Duo Blue/Green, True Blue, Blue Russet, Brilliant Gold ), moved it around a bit by tilting and with a soft scruffy brush. Let dry. See detail pic below to see the merging of the colors.
I rubber stamped the bird (Onyx Xpressions "Longtail Bird" #OA-9952a with Versafine Onyx Black and thermal embossing with detail black. Used a Spellbinders Deckle edge rectangle to cut both layers.
The dark blue is Bazzill Monochrom which I rubber stamped the flowers from gg design "Teapot Set" [see below] using both the solid and outline stamps, and stamping with Versafine Majestic Blue and clear embossing them. Mounted it to a mustard yellow monochrome cardstock and then onto my main wheat toned card. The sentiment (Quietfire Design) is rubber stamped with the blue, clear embossed and colored with Pebbles Pearlescent chalks, then both layers cut with the Spellbinder's ovals. I added the words "wishes U" from my calligraphic white Peel Offs.
The inside of the card is blank at the moment, but will be filled in with "get well" or Happy Birthday" or something similar I might want to wish someone. It's just a "ready" card.

First...thank you for the detailed description of how you produced this card. Second...another "conversation starter" question........How many of you, like Yogi, have "ready" cards? Do any of you ever put a selection of "ready" cards together as gifts?

2/25/10--Congratulations to Yogi! She has 2 pieces of amazing envelope art on
the March Vamp Stamp News cover! Take a look:     
http://www.vampstampnews.com/cover.html    Deb

2/26/10--Gad! She is good!          Ida

------------------- Comments and Questions ----------

2/23/10--WOW!!! These new cards are beautiful!!!



Wow!!! What beautiful cards.



Posted: February 24, 2010

Whack, whack, whack.......Do you always get what you want by whining? *

*ggd: Whatever works  : )

This is a ggd "set." Click on cards to see other versions.

You have NO IDEA what I took time away from to do this........but, it's a fun, quick technique and I'm glad I tried it.
(Thanks, Deb!)

I used red, copper and gold PE on textured, black glossy Bazzill c.s. I used Magic Sizing a "light bodied"spray) because I didn't have any spray starch. Some of the PE was rubbing off....maybe the sizing doesn't set the PE as well as the starch does? So, I sprayed with glossy fixative and let it sort of run around on the paper. Then, when dry, I flipped it over and lightly ironed the c.s. to smooth the curling. I'm anxious to use this technique to alter the appearance of some of my less-than-desirable colors of c.s.! I also really like the look that Jeanette achieved by using embossed paper. Very cool...Makes me want to reach through and touch it!

Q--Where did that raven come from that Jeanette used on her shrine????

Linda Blackbird

Our back deck...
This chickadee's saying, "What the heck happened???

Looking out our front window.


Yesterday, the snow was all but gone off the front lawn..... we're supposed to get another 4"-8" before the weekend, with rain and temps in the 40's in between times. Look out for floods!

ggd: Those of us who don't live in it can view the snow as "Picture Post Card Beautiful." (These pictures certainly are that.) But we don't have to shovel it, experience the dangers, protect from it or pay exorbitant heating bills associated with it. We view the weather most of the country has been experiencing with a tiny tinge of envy (for the beauty) and a lot of sympathy, for the difficulties.

First February Entry!!!

Here's my card for the Feb challenge. It's a fun challenge and got me working way out of my comfort zone.I bought the Pearl Ex a couple of years ago and this is the first time I opened the jars. I used gold and copper Pearl Ex and Copper Sparkles embossing powder on the feathers and saying to tie them together. Sorry the picture isn't very good. Kept getting glare from the sparkles and gold mirror cardstock in the background so had to shoot it at a angle.Deloris Thiede

ggd: Really glamorous with all the glitter and sparkles!

Additional Information from Deloris:
I used the Pearl Ex on the green layer.

One hint I learned when using the spray starch technique. Make sure you use a heavy weight cardstock (80 to 110lb) as the 65 lb will buckle when it gets sprayed and won't stay attached to the cardfront. (Lol, found that out on the first batch of backgrounds I made that wound up in the trash...)

ggd:   Whoops! Drag those "flops" out of the trash! You never know when they will come in handy! (Accents? Fringe? Paper Beads?)
Click on the feather and/or the phrase to find them in ggd's catalog.

Deb:  Deloris' card turned out fantastic! Yes, pull those Spray Starch sheets out of the trash! Mine curled, but I use a glue stick to adhere them to my card.You can also gently run your finger down the back of it and get it to straighten ou

Debbie Boltman sends this version using the starch background technique.The image is ggd's Bird of Paradise.

Deb says this technique is really fun.......so how about trying it?

Yogi Shows Her Stuff!

The spray starch is generously spritzed onto . . . cardstock (I used white for this card although I did do a black one as well), then Pearl Ex sprinkled on the wet surface (about 2 colors, I used 3 to 4), a foam brush is used to move the powder around a bit (I used a scruffy paint brush) without blending too much, then dried.
I rubber stamped the Asian Lady (Artemio Hubinont Hobbysa - Belgium Ref#10001014) using Versafine Black Onyx and clear embossing it.

The frame is created using one of my newest Cuttlebug folders from the "Everyday Bundle - Checkerboard", done on white cardstock, cut the sheet in half, brayered high points and clear embossed, and applied Pebbles Pearlescent chalks in pinks, blues and purple tones on one half. On the other half I embossed with a mix of clear and Queen's Gold on the high points. Then sprayed Moon Glows "Desert Moon Tumbleweed Sage" over everything. Let dry. Cut into just under 1"squares and adhered the pieces to another piece of white cardstock. Trimmed it down a bit, cut out the window and adhered the face to the back. Mounted this to a medium toned blue card.
Rubber stamped the Pussy Willow sprigs (gg design) using Versafine Sepia and clear embossed then cut out with an xacto knife. Touched the buds with a Brilliance dew drops white and embossed with detail white. Assembled to the card. Hopefully the buds count for those 3 dots on the sketch?? (See ggd note below!)

Rubber stamped part of the quote "A friend is someone" (Quietfire Design) using the black and clear embossing then cutting it out with a Spellbinder's "Fancy Tags" #S4-235 set. Dry Embossed it and colored with the Pebbles.

The inside has the whole quote and cut with another Spellbinder's die set Labels-2 #S4-162, and colored again with the Pebbles chalks.
I also put a piece of blue marbled stationary paper for a personalized note on the right side.

Hopefully the buds count for those 3 dots on the sketch??ggd: You already know we consider sketches suggestions, not "rules." Besides, you used white card stock instead of black, four colors of Pearl Ex instead of one or two and made the Spray Starch element the foreground instead of the background......so you're asking about the "three dots?"
: )   : )  : )  We love your independent spirit AND YOUR RESULTS!!!P.S.--The pussywillows look soft enought to pet! -------------------------We know Yogi was just kidding, but we included this to encourage all of you to try whatever you can think of. Nothing is carved in stone! Play! Play! Play!


Comments for Deloris:

Deloris made such a stunning card. It's a beautiful use of the sketch and the technique. I love the colors that she used. What! you threw them away! We don't throw our mistakes in the trash. They will eventually become something beautiful. But, I see that you pulled them back out. Good girl.Off, to get Pearl-ex and spray starch later this morning.


I love that feather card!

Vivian Reilly

My sketch has never looked more lovely. I especially like that you tried using a different dark color instead of black. I'm thinking I have to get to the paper store and find some 110 lb cover stock. My stuff is too lightweight.


ggd: Don't be too sure Arlene. Deb discusses how to flatten out the paper..........besides   : )  there are always paper beads   : )

A Plea for Help:

I'm all over starch and gorgeous gold but my paper is not looking nearly as lovely!
What am I doing wrong?
Because the Pearl Ex is expensive and I'm a tight wad, am I using too little? But, even with my frugal approach, when I get started I can't seem to stop...I add and swirl and swirl and add.
And I end up with a nice piece of silver paper or a nice piece of gold with a little green (my second swirl color) showing through.
It's pretty but somehow not nearly as elegant as yours. HELP?
Because of everyone's caution about the paper curling, I laid it on a slightly dampened cookie sheet and that seemed to hold the paper in place.
Is there a "test" of some sort to let me know when the starch is just right as opposed to too much or too little? (Sounds kind of like the Goldilocks dilemma doesn't it?)
Is there a measure for how much or how little Pearl Ex to add?
I imagine I'm making this much more difficult than it needs to be....but I do need some additional information.Thanks in advance.

A. Nony Moose

An answer from Deb:


I don't worry about the curling. I spray on a lot of Spray Starch so the cardstock is wet. Then I tap on PE in spots around the paper. I suggest since you are somewhat timid, to work on a 1/4 piece of black cardstock. You can re-work what you have already started. Also how about if you start with just one color of PE. Don't "paint" the entire sheet. Swirl it around, you want some of the black to show through. If you use too much PE, when the SS dries, the PE is cake-like and you can brush it off.Keep me posted. I want you to succeed!!!!!



From Sally B.    Here's my problem: where do I get black cardstock? Thanks!  (See Yogi's response below.) From Jeanette Waters     Yogi has done it again. Her card is beautiful. I'd like to pet those pussy willows, too. From Arlene Faber     As usual Yogi's interpretation of both the sketch and the technique are uniqe and wonderful!From ggd    South Carolina???


A view of Janet's back yard!!! South Carolina almost right on the beach

Comments from Yogi:

Now that I finished my piece I went to look at the others. Very nice. Deloris' piece has a beautiful elegance to it. Love the shimmery green/gold background and the saying is wonderful.
I did my backgrounds on 65# cardstock (1/2 sheets), and yes it curled, but glued down fine to what I was making. And I really wet my paper, so much that I was able to tilt it and let some of the colors flow into each other.Definitely DO NOT throw out your rejects. Makes great strips for weaving, great punched out flowers (that could use a bit of curl), border punch elements, besides the beads & fringe mentioned. And don't forget the scrap background and embossing technique. Put double sided tape (I use Sookwang Be Creative tape - resists heat) onto a piece of cardstock. Remove the release paper a section at a time. Cut your scraps into triangles and other straight sided shapes, place one next to another on the tape, leaving about 1/16th to 1/8th" between shapes. Cut more shapes "TO FIT" into areas. Sprinkle with embossing powder (I usually use gold) and heat set. This makes such a glorious background, or for a frame etc.Debbie's background is glorious as well. Love that word stamp too.Sally I usually get my black cardstock from Michael's (which I guess would be Holly Lobby or something like that in the US). I like Spectrum full color cardstock for the lighter weights, and value pack for the slightly heavier weight.A Nony Moose: Sounds like you're swirling the colors all into each other. Let some of the background show through (gives interest). You don't need a lot of powder, even for a larger piece of cardstock, especially if your background is wet enough to move the powder easily. The drier the cardstock, the harder to move the powder, the more you need. Make sense?               Take care.


Sketch Challenges and Throw Down Links and Tutorials:
(These are great pages to visit when you need an idea
and you are running on empty!)

•  Heather Presents The First Sketch Challenge
•  Jeanette Waters' Sketch Challenge
•  Valentine Challenges
•  Bonus Challenges
•  Mother's Day Cards

•  Male Mail & Father's Day Cards
•  July Slice n' Dice Samples
•  Wood Veneer Challenge Results
•  Ida's Watercolor Challenge
•  Arlene Faber's December 09 Sketch
•  Deb Lovett's Spray Starch Background Technique
•  Spray Starch ATC's
•  Decorated Envelope
•  Deb Lovett'sPlastic Wrap Technique
•  From Your Kitchen Cabinet
•  Yogi's Gesso/Tissue Paper Technique
•  Studio "Tours"--Artists' Workspaces

February/March "Stamp(s) of the Month"

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After Gee's Quilts. These were designed to be used in mail art projects coordinated with the US Postal Service's stamps featuring these marvelous quilt designs. They work well as backgrounds and accents for other projects.

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