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Friday, November 2, 2012

Coffee, Java, Cappuccinoooo...

Hello and good morning!!

Have you had your coffee yet?

I've got lots of activities going on over the next few days leaving me little to no time to make any new cards (gasp!), so I will be pulling from my archives.  Today I am highlighting one of my favorite cards.

This came about from a challenge issued over at StampNation to make a card in neutral colors.  Can you guess what the coloring medium is?  Well, if you guessed ink, you'd be wrong.  If you guessed tea, wrong again.  However, if you guessed coffee, bells would go off and you'd be the winner.  Ding ding ding!  Yep, good old Folger's instant.  Years and years ago I bought a couple of watercolor paintings in Mexico that consisted of street scenes painted in coffee, and I loved those pieces so much and have mourned their loss for so long that I decided to play with the technique myself.  So I brewed up a tiny amount of very strong, almost syrup-like, instant coffee in a custard cup and painted it onto watercolor paper with paintbrushes.  The image, an Inkadinkado stamp w/no name, was stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa onto watercolor paper, then washed with a thin glaze of coffee and (mostly) water.  Then the painting began, using different strengths of the coffee blended on the brush.  I have to say it was fun watching the image come alive.  It was layered onto a Dienamics oval doily die and popped up on top of yet another oval, then adhered to the Soft Suede (or was it Early Espresso?) dry embossed layer, which was layered on top of Very Vanilla, which was on the base layer of Early Espresso (or was it Soft Suede).  Some coffee-dyed seam binding and brown pearls were all that was needed to finish off the card.

To this day it is still one of my favorite cards, and I think I need to make another one (different image).  Maybe next time I'll use some of the red berries from the Chinese Pistache tree in my garden.  Or some produce from the grocery store.  Organic coloring media abound out there!

Thank you for visiting me, and have a lovely day. 

Happy Crafting!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

You got a really useful blog. I have been here reading for about an hour. I am a newbie and your success is very much an inspiration for me.

Mum of 4 said...

I remember this card from StampNation and I still love it! So pretty!!

Shea said...

Thanks Kristie! I think I'm going to do it again soon - it really was fun to do. No worrying about which color to use, just which STRENGTH to use. :)

Shea said...

To my anonymous commenter, thank you so much! Feel free to send me a direct email which is shown on my complete profile if you have any questions or if I can help you in any way. I'm not too far from being a newbie myself! :)

Kimie said...

I remember this one too and it is definitely one of my favorites. We have an abundance of coffee in this house, so I need to try this technique (in my spare time - ha-ha). Thanks for posting this here and reminding me of this technique. MWAH!