Hi crafters. The challenge at Timeout got me thinking. The theme is adventurous. This started me thinking about adventurousness in craft. I have done some extreme crafting in the past: where things melt, smoke and start to catch fire! I think being adventurous in craft is trying something that you haven’t done before or aren’t sure how it will turn out. Sometimes the adventurous part is posting a piece that is a bit different. What do you think?

I had an idea, and I didn’t know if it would work, but I had a go anyway. I was looking for one of Lydia Fiedler’s gel press videos when I found this one on photo transfers with gel medium. I happen to have heavy gel gloss medium and magazines I got when I saw her gel press photo transfers. I tried one magazine photo to start and it worked so I pressed on with my idea. I used light weight cardstock instead of watercolour paper. To make it more water resistant, I coated it with acrylic paint first. I wasn’t sure if the colours would show through much. I did some stamping with my favourite, small texture stamps. Simon says Stamp Monday challenge is use your favourite stamp, and these have probably had the most use on my cards over time. I stamped with black archival ink using Carabelle: des Ronds, Prima: messy, 49 and Market: Pascale’s Formula, Stamplorations: Big Numbers and Kaisercraft: Grunged paint. The Big Numbers are a bit faint as I think my ink pad is a bit dry and I couldn’t stamp twice as I didn’t have it in a stamping platform. This is the paper pre-transfer, and the 2 photos I taped together to use.

I used a credit card to spread the heavy gel gloss medium on top of the photos. I then placed the photos, gel side down, onto the painted paper. I rolled a brayer gently from the centre to the edges, wiping any medium off the brayer at the edge. I then left it for a couple of hours to dry. The next bit is like those scratch and reveal pictures. I misted the back of the photos. Start rubbing gently in the middle somewhere. If you start at the edge it can mess up. Keep misting and rubbing. Layers of paper roll off, and you end up at the smooth gel surface. I think I must have rubbed too hard over the lower half of the city photo as I lost my buildings. I was really pleased how the colour of the paper does come through, as well as the stamping.
How was I going to add a sentiment? I remembered I had WOW embossing glitter in Raspberry Coulis (pink powder with blue glitter). I embossed this on tissue paper and cut it out. I put gel medium on the back of it and placed it on the panel. I then used the gel medium brush to press in it on the front. While it was setting, I discovered I could carefully rub away the paper between some letters with my fingernail. There was an accident above the ‘s’ in chaos where I rubbed off a bit of nose, but I used a scrap to fix that. (The unintended always happens in adventures!). I later tried to make the words clearer with an alcohol marker but this didn’t look good as it coloured the glitter. I then embossed the sentiment again on top. I messed that up and ended up with lots of glitter stuck where I didn’t want it. (Should have left it alone). I know it is not your standard card, but it was an adventure. The clarity of the transfer is amazing, but you have to put up with marks from wrinkles and tears. If you are not sure how to start your own crafting adventure, Lydia’s blog Understand Blue has lots of great techniques to try. As to whether this card is adventurous, you can decide for yourself.
I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Timeout challenges #170 Adventurous.

Simon says Stamp Monday challenge: Use your favourite stamp.

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