Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Zindorf Inspired Fish

I, like almost everyone I know, have been inspired by the cards that Michells Zindorf is blogging. *side note, she has a tutorial EVERY DAY. How is she doing that? I'm gobsmacked, she's my hero* I especially love what I'm calling "The Zindorf Technique" where you stamp, color, cover with versamark pen and clear embossing, then brayer or sponge over for a background, leaving your embossed part clean. I'm sure it's been done, everything seems to have been done, but I think we can all agree that Michelle is taking it to an artform.

That is what moved me to make this card. I used The Zindorf Technique for the background fill in. I watercolored the images with watercolor pencils. I tells you, I jump on EVERY coloring bandwagon, I'm a big fan of coloring. But I keep coming back to watercolor pencils, which were my first coloring method. Love them! Anyhow watercolored them with watercolor pencils, then clear embossed over them. Next I brayered a ton of cool caribbean SU ink over the background. *My CC inkpad, my only SU inkpad, is dipping in the middle... you know what I mean? I won't buy any more SU inkpads, it's frustrating.* Then I sponged some Turquoise Vivid! ink on the bottom and around each of the fishies. You can't really see it, but I also stamped the black background with a grid backgrounder. Oh and three little blings. And a phrase.

I'm REALLY happy! I think it gets the look I love from Michelle's blog.
The fish are a retired Stampin' Up! set, the phrase is by Gina K, and the backgrounder, which you can't see is Cornish Heritage Farms.

8 comments:

expatswede said...

Followed the link you posted on Michelle Zindorf's blog and I just wanted to tell you how pretty your card is! Well done!
Minna

Michelle Zindorf said...

I'm beeming! Your scene is fantastic!!!! I love the color combo used. I hear you on the frustration on the SU pads. I too have experienced that, but alas I love SU colors and therefore can't stop using them. TFS

Sue said...

I think it's fantastic. SU items arn't readily available in the UK, but I do love the colours of the ink pads. xx

Kim H. said...

Gorgeous! I love the colors the scene! Stunning! you rock!

Keri Lee Sereika said...

I too followed the link and this is way too cool Erin! Well done!!!

Cathrine StClair said...

Beautiful Erin! Great job!

TJ said...

I love, love, LOVE this card Erin! My fishy friends are MUCH happier at your place! :)

Pat J. said...

I followed your link from Michelle's blog (which I just now discovered!) and must say you did a terrific job...using pencils at that, which I think makes it much harder to get a smooth color. You earned a right to be very proud of that card.