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Sunday, December 28, 2014

{Spotlight Project} Maria Explores Loo Rolls and Masterboards

Meet the loo roll. My teamie Shirley enlightened me that that is what spray-ink-goddess-Dyan-Reaveley would call the common toilet paper roll. Ever decorate a tree in someone's front yard with 'em? Or was that just a Michigan thing? I digress.

Actually, this all came about because of the pattern that I noticed on the TP. See the leaves?

I had wanted to make a mixed media card and decided to play with my Dylusions spray inks and see if I could get that TP design to show up on my background when I "rolled" the loo roll over the puddles of ink. (You can watch the spray-ink-goddess herself in action in this video). The design didn't show up. But that's OK, cuz the process was oh-so-fun and the result looks oh-so-cool anyhow!

Created my masterboard by spritzing in my cardboard box with a piece of contact paper backing. (TIP: I sop up the leftovers that puddle up on it with tags or scraps to save for other projects.) The phone rang after I had sprayed the yellow and orange, so those blotches happened cuz it dried before I could roll it with the loo roll!

What you see in the photo above is the reaction when I sprayed it with water and then a bit of green. (TIP: Limit yourself to just three colors for the best backgounds). Then I "rolled" it.

So then I did some ghosting - spritzed water through an alpha stencil then flipped the wet stencil over to get negative ghosting (visible on the bottom half). And then some stencilling, or "spritz/flip" as Dyan calls it - sprayed orange ink through a circle stencil then flipped it over to "stamp" the negative image on the right. Added a few opaque red splatters and my masterboard was born.

What to do with it? I trimmed a portion to use on a card featuring CityGirl!

I stamped the block sentiment randomly with white pigment ink on the inked panel. I stamped part of CityGirl on the panel, and all of her on the white card base. I added a strip of complementary PP along the top and a birthday sentiment along the bottom. Then I lined up and adhered the panel on the card. My finishing touch was the Glossy Accents on her sunglasses!

Why not grab the last Christmas cookies and your spray inks and play?

Stamps Maria used in today's project:


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  1. I love Dylusions sprays and the masterboard you've created is just gorgeous, Maria! Never tried using a "loo" roll to make a design in the spray, however. The city girl is coming to me in my next club kit - can't wait to play with her. Love what you did with the background and the stamp. Thanks for sharing your process.

  2. An interesting technique, not had a go, could work with Brusho as I don't have Dylusions inks.
    Time to go and have a play. :)

  3. So many ideas so little time! Gorgeous colours.

  4. Oh my, your stamping tools are getting to expensive!! Even without the TP design not showing up the background is just fabulous! I love the orange and yellow with the touch of green. I also like the wording on the background. Great idea, nice card!!

  5. I like that you are thinking outside the box :)

  6. Love the way the background paper turned out.
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  7. I think Dylusions need to be my next purchase because that background is stunning! Even if the "loo roll" didn't shine through. Very lovely design!

  8. You have me looking at my roll of toilet paper in a whole new way! Great card!

  9. Loo Roll.
    I gotta remember that.
    This technique is awesome...your card is AMAZING.

  10. Super cool! Love the ghost effect with dylusion inks and how you stamped the city girl, a cool technique! Thanks for the inspiration

  11. Stunning background! It came out very vibrant and eye-catching!

  12. Well, you may not have gotten you leaf impression but you certainly got a gorgeous background! Fantastic card! Love it! :-)

  13. Amazing, this stenciling and ghosting looks great. I must try it once I have no kids around (maybe better with them :). Card looks very cool. I love it.

  14. Fabulous panel you have created with fun techniques

  15. Wow, Maria. This is so cool. Stunning master board and great technique. Love how you used by it for your CityGirl card. Hugs xxxx

  16. Oh, this is totally awesome! LOVE this great technique--totally new spin on spotlighting!!! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  17. Plenty christmas cookies here still hee hee. Love your masterboard. Never tried ghosting. Love the effect. Must give it a go. It looks like it might be messy. What fun. Hugz

  18. Beautiful effect on that spritzed piece! Love how you used it on this card.

  19. Your creative process, oh-so-fun post and gorgeous card sure brought a much-needed smile to my face, and a boost to my spirits! Fabulous...and brilliant!

  20. My goodness, Maria, such a striking card and what a wonderful creative process! You are inspiring!


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