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This is intended to be mainly about my crafting stories, as a personal record of what I do. However, I interpret crafting quite widely, not just paper crafting but other things too. I have a butterfly mind and like to change from one thing to another depending on what I feel like on a given day - knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, cards, baking and several others.

Probably my favourite craft right now is with parchment, both traditional skills and Groovi, very relaxing and calming to do.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Mica powders and Clarity adhesive sheets - messy fun!

This card is as a result of watching Barbara Gray on Sunday, and was great fun to do.  It uses Clarity Adhesive sheets, and the Clarity Lovescape set of stamps, and a mixture of mica powders.

I am not going to presume to tell you how to do this technique, I am not good enough.  What I will say though is that it is great fun to do, and I am still very inky and everything in sight is covered with shimmery mica.  The design is mounted onto Clarity white silk card, and then covered with Clarity film to protect the micas.

The base card is pale blue pearlescent, a ready folded card from stock, which I thought set off the mica colours best.  The sentiment is again, my one and only Happy Birthday stamp, used with a blue Adirondack (my brain has gone as I cannot remember which one).

I am now in the middle of trying to find a good way of backing it onto black card, but I need to go back to the drawing board for that one.  if I get it right, I will show you later.


Elizabeth said...

Lovely, Maggie. The total effect is soft and pretty. Like the blue pearlescent base too. If I had the patience (and the stamps) I'd try the technique out myself. I did treat myself to the poppies and mice set last month but, shamefully, not used it yet. Elizabeth x

Elaine said...

Wow Maggie this looks even better mounted onto this card fabulous work Hugs Elaine

Linda said...

Oh my goodness Maggie, this is absolutely fabulous!!! I think you are very clever to have done this I know I can't.

Linda dxx

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

Lovely card you are cleaver, I've never used my brayer.

jacqui x

Emma said...

Beautiful work...so gorgeous, Maggie! :)
Hope you have a lovely weekend.
Love Emma xx

Diane said...

Stunning card Maggie, Barbara Grey is a star and well done for tackling her projects, it's come out brilliantly.
P.s sorry can't guarantee warm weather in norfolk but I will give you a warm welcome....have fun...fingers crossed for sunshine for you :0)

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such lovely comments - have at last inked up my brayer.

jacqui x

Helen T said...

I love watching Barbara Gray on TV, but my attempts never look anywhere near as good :( - Helen T #75

Mrs A. said...

But you simply must tell us how you did it!!!! The colours are so soft and dreamy. I have purchased a brayer but not attempted to use it yet. I think I need some inspiration first.Hint Hint. Hugs Mrs A.

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

I must admit now that I have been on my retreat with Barbara Gray I now know how to do this little trick :)

jacqui x

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi there Maggie well hope you are enjoying your break away..thought would pop down and comment on this psot as did not see it while I was away and do like the shimmery effect on this! Thanks so much for popping over and thanks for sharing ~ Shaz in Oz. x