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Saturday, 23 February 2013

The Stazon Technique at Artful Times Challenge No. 23

Hello Everyone

A huge welcome to my latest followers, it is a real pleasure to have your company on my crafty journey.

When I saw the challenge over at Artful Times (which I am entering this card in), I felt I needed to have a go at the Stazon Technique.  I have quite a few Stazon ink pads that rarely get used and it was about time they got an airing.  The challenge is called Colour Technique and you can choose to do the Stazon Technique, use Colour Blocking or use Dylusions inks.  I chose the Stazon Technique.

To see more of the technique I used there is a link over at the Artful Times Blog where you can see a great video.


Apologies for the photography, I did not manage to take photos today in the daylight, these photos were taken in artificial light and the colours, in real life, are much brighter and less patchy.

I started with plain white coated card (Clarity paper) and stamped the dragonfly from the Tim Holtz Classics #1 stamp set.  I stamped diagonally across the card to give four nice large corners.  In the central part I applied Stazon in Mellow Mint.  I applied Cactus Green Stazon to two diagonal corners and then Hydrangea Blue to the last two.  I created a mat from another piece of card, coloured the mat with the Green and Blue Stazon again and then matted the stamped card onto this, showing the opposite colours underneath.


I stamped the word 'VOYAGE' from the same stamp set in the bottom corner and then used a white pen to highlight the word, the dragonfly wings, the circled words and then added white dots in the top left corner and all around the edge to make the other colours pop.  I stamped and cut a second dragonfly from some fairly thick acetate, coloured the back with Hydrangea Blue Stazon and mounted it over the original stamped dragonfly to add a little dimension.

To create the background I used plain white card which I coloured with Salty Ocean Distress Ink.  To embellish I used a piece of corrugated card from my stash, ripped the edges, coloured it with Salty Ocean and Peeled Paint Distress Paint which I think matched the Stazon colours quite well.  To finish off I added some Bakers Twine in blue and white.

This was not my first attempt at the Stazon Technique, I also did this one using a Crafty Individuals stamp, gifted to me by my lovely blog friend Rita.  I was not happy with the result of this one but I did not use the Clarity paper for this one.  I used white Stazon on the bird and I did a lot more work with the white pen on this one.

It is a fun technique but when you have an artificial wrist, as I do,  it is a bit difficult to get a good strong coloured background with the Stazon on skippery paper!


Thank you for looking, I hope you will leave me a comment.  Thank you to those of you who left me such lovely comments on my first blog-aversary.  I have so enjoyed this last year, have met the most wonderful friends as a result of having my blog and a very big thank you to those of you who have followed me through this journey.  I truly appreciate your comments and friendship!   Big hugs, Anne xx

40 comments:

  1. Oh my giddy aunt Anne the dragonfly card is truly stunning..WOW..never tried that technique and will have to give this a go...FABULOUS!!
    I was stopping by to say Hi and to thank you for your lovely comments you have left me over at eclectic Paperie but got a wee tad sidetracked admiring your work,lol!
    Have a great weekend
    Hugs
    Tracy
    xoxox

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  2. Hi Anne, this is a lovely colourful card. I like the way you have reversed the colours for the background mount and the dragonflys double wings are really delicate. Its amazing how effective a simple white pen is, and of course the finished textures of the twine and corrogated card - lovely. Hugs Mo x

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  3. WOW!! Both cards are stunning Annie. A really effective technique and the colours look amazing. I love the way you have added extra dimension to the dragonfly buy using acetate. The corrugated card with the ripped edges looks wonderful too.
    Hugs Sue

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  4. Fabulous colours on that dragonfly card - I haven't explored the video to find out exactly how the Staz-On technique works, but whatever it is, it's working for you!! Love the dragonfly, so subtle and mysterious in the midst of it all! And I love all the doodling on your other experiment too... Have a lovely Sunday!
    Alison x

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  5. Well I'll have to go and have a look at the video now because I love what you've done with the Stazon technique and the colours are absolutely gorgeous! Such a clever idea to do the diagonal stamping, I love your ideas and I also love the dragonfly stamp (as always stop making me buy stuff LOL!), had my eye on that set for a while too.

    I think the corrugated card and the gorgeous acetate extra pair of wings really look fantastic, it's the added texture I think.

    Have a lovely Sunday, hope you get some play time and that the structural stuff is going OK!

    Chris xx

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  6. Dragonflies are a very close second to butterflies in my affections Anne. Your card is bright and colourful. Truly delightful.

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  7. Love that dragonfly, Anne! Both cards are as lovely as can be! You would never know by the looks of these cards that your wrist is not 100%! Take care and have a wonderful Sunday! Hugs!

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  8. Beautiful work Anne. I must go and have a look at this technique you have used as both pieces are gorgeous with great colour combinations.
    Happy Sunday.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

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  9. Don't know how you manage with an artificial wrist to get such clear and detailed impressions and the odours are super strong..looks like youbhave one an amazing job to me..love the dragonfly he is on my list! Gets longer and longer! Hugs trace x

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  10. Beautiful work Anne, I have always loved that dragonfly and have the original on wood! You do very very well with your wrist, and this technique looks really good fun. Big hugs to you, barb. X

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  11. Superb use of this technique Anne! Love your colour choices as they really make the wonderful dragonfly stand out beautifully. Huge round of applause here, hugs Jenny x

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  12. Absolutely marvelous, just love your creation! So unique and fabolous!
    XOXO
    SanDed

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  13. Your cards is just fab Anne :) and well done on getting such a good photo !
    So pleases you shared then both with us at Artful Times
    Von ♥

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  14. gorgeous creation as always Anne...always good to see different techniques and you rocked this one...you very talented lady...hugs kath xxx

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  15. Wonderful card, the colours are super and I Love the effects.

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  16. Both cards are fabulous Anne. Love the dragon fly, great combination of colour and the white doodling really makes it all pop.
    You amaze me with all your ideas, you're a great source of inspiration.
    Have a lovely Sunday - don't forget Kay's on the telly :) xx

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  17. this is just gorgeous Anne - will have to look at the technique - it sounds interesting! Hugs Rachel xx

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  18. Fab make Anne.........I have not seen the video of this technique but shall certainly take a look.

    I love the colours and the layering of the dragonfly.

    Stunning my friend x

    How is the refurb going?

    Hugs

    Annie x

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  19. Hi Anne, what a fab technique and love your creation, the colours are gorgeous! I just realised that my comment on your WOYWW post this week didn't 'take', I was having connection problems a few days ago...so have left another..sorry! Happy Blogaversary too, sorry I'm late, hugs Carole Z X

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  20. The dragonfly looks great with the four blocks of colour and I love how you've mounted it. I have Stazon so off to have a look at the challenge!!

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  21. This is totally gorgeous Anne I love it ..beautiful dragonfly huggles hun Sue J xxxx

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  22. Great projects and what an interesting technique, I do love my stazon ink but have only used it for stamping and shrink plastic so this is new. Thank you for sharing. xx Flora

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  23. Fabulous Anne, But you do have a magical touch. Hugs Rita xx

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  24. Gorgeous! You tried that stozon technique and aced it. Love the olours you close. That dragonfly is sure a great stamp...I think it is one of those that can be very versatile in the types of cards you make!
    Gorgeous!

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  25. WOW! That Dragonfly is amazing.. Fabulous technique Anne... Brilliant card, Love your first one also... Love them both!! Hugs May x x x

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  26. Awesome Art Annie,
    I have that dragon fly stamp and always forget to use it.

    Hugs Lynn
    P.s Thanks for entering my giveaway and best of luck

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  27. Well Anne I don't know anything about Stazon thingymybob but I do know that your card is a great design. Well done.
    Lynn xx

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  28. Hi Anne, it's always a treat to surf in and read how you did your latest artwork. These Stazon colors are new ones to me. I have just a couple of the basic black,brown, etc. Love how you created this latest piece, and so imaginitive. Especially liked how you used the white pen to highlight your lettering. This is stunning. Followed your link over to Rita's, joined as a follower. Will be back to check out your video link when I get caught up on my blog visiting for the day! Hugs & hope your day was wonderful. TFS

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  29. Hi dear friend, Was thinking of you today and decided to pop in. So glad I did, just in time to see your beautiful dragonfly creation. Love the words on the side and the colors are beautiful! Have a joyful day, xo Pam

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  30. Anne...I am just returning from a 10 day vacation...so I feel like I've been out of the loop! :) Your card is wonderful! I love your Stazon technique. Beautifully done embellishment for your card. Love the bright colors and how you've stamped and dimensionalized Tim's dragonfly. The card background also looks amazing against the bright dragonfly piece. I love the corrugated paper and the twine! Thank you for your always lovely comments you left on my blog as well. You're so kind. <3 Candy

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  31. Oh I just love the dragonfly blueprint! Love the papers you've used to border it! What a wonderful card!

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  32. Hey Anne! This really turned out well - gorgeous colors. I love what you did with the corrugated paper too. I am going to have to check out this technique. I like the bird one too. You are so clever to give so many different things a go --- oh so much to do and so little time. I barely have enough time for tea!!!!
    Sandy (by the way, hey is a Southern word of hello only with a bit more love into it)

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  33. LOVE this Anne, your go at new techniques always inspires me. I saw the video for this but haven't played with it yet! Beautiful colors! waving hi from the rainy hills of North Carolina ♥

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  34. This card is delightful! The colours are so happy and the patterns you have created are pure whimsy. Love this stamp and this technique makes it a stand-out. The corrugated cardboard is a clever detail. It adds wonderful natural texture. I really like the bird piece, too. The colours seem so true and contrast so nicely with the white. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  35. A beautiful card, love the colours and that fantastic dragonfly.

    Sylv xx

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  36. This card is beautiful, I love that dragonfly
    Rosie x

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  37. Another beautiful creation, Annie! I see I'm behind on my visits. For some reason I thought your were going to be off for a few days. You've done an incredible job with the Staz-on! Such a lot of fun, fun work, I mean play, for you, with fabulous results!!

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  38. Oh my, the dragonfly is so dramatic this way. Love it!

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  39. I cannot believe I can not find m comment. I know I did one, did I press the wrong button or what? I remember commenting about the lime green and navy being a favourite combination of men in clothing but one I do rarely in my stamping but will now on use it.
    I love this card, the dragonfly is fab, the colours, well I have already said how much I like them and the addition of corrugated card adds a lovely texture.
    Apologies for being so very late
    Neet xx

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Your comments are much appreciated! Hugs, Anne x

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