The designers could pick their favorite technique from this year's Thursday challenges.
Robbie choose to do word clustering.
I had fun checking out all the techniques from the past year. Then I had to choose one to use for my card. All supplies are Stampin’ Up. After looking at all the techniques on the blog I have to admit my favorite one was the Word Clustering. I just loved this idea and decided to use it with some fall leaves. The card base was cut using Very Vanilla card stock and cut to 5 ½” x 8 ½” and scored on the long side at 4 ¼”. A layer of Soft Suede was cut to 4” x 5 ¼”. I chose 3 sentiments from Crazy About You, Fresh Fruit, and Thoughtful Banners. I attached a post-it note across the middle of the layer at an angle to use to help me get a straight line. Using Soft Suede ink I stamped the sentiments repeatedly following the post-it note. After I had the first row completed I moved the post-it note down and used the same procedure to stamp the second row of words. I repeated this process until the lower half of my card had the sentiments stamped on it. Copper thread was wrapped around the top of the Soft Suede panel and tied to hold it in place. The panel was then added to the card front using Snail. Now I needed to make my leaves. I recently used a watercolor technique in my class and was wondering if you could achieve the same look using markers. I began by coloring my stamp using my markers. For the maple leaf I used Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry, Garden Green, and Pumpkin Pie. I colored the leaf stamp randomly and then stamped it onto Watercolor paper. Using an Aqua Painter and water, I applied water to the inside of the stamped image spreading the ink around. You need to make sure you stay inside the lines of the stamp and to blend the different inks to avoid distinctive lines. Set this aside to air dry. Repeat this procedure using the oak leaf. Once the leaves are dry, use the Leaflets framelits that match the leaf to cut each leaf out. Layer the 2 leaves on top of each other and use some of the Copper thread to tie them together. Attach the leaves to the card front using dimensionals. I love the look of this and will be using both of these techniques for future creations!
If you search the search box of the blog for technique 2016 you can pick out your own favorite to try.