Friday, January 26, 2024


The background for the leaf stem on today's card was made using the Frosted Filter Technique.

This technique requires minimal supplies, is easy, fun and a little messy!  In other words, just my style.  For some reason, I like messy.  I don't necessarily like cleaning up the mess, but I think a beautiful result is worth a little mess!  And this "mess" is easily contained if you are prepared.

If you aren't familiar with this Frosted Filter Technique watch the Learning with Friends replay on my YouTube Channel and you will see just how easy it is.  I hope you grab your rubber gloves and give it a try.

As I mentioned in the video, the most difficult thing about this technique is choosing which colors reinkers to use.  For this card I used Petal Pink, Old Olive and Wild Wheat.  It's a bit of an unusual combination, but I was going for kind of a moody, aged feel to the card.  

After completing the technique element and wrapping it on a piece of Wild Wheat cardstock, I stamped it with the Notes of Nature stamp to give it a little more "grunge".

The leafy stem die was one of the mail reasons I purchased the Notes of Nature Bundle.  I liked the image variety within the stamp set, but it was this and one other die in the coordinating die set that really sealed the deal for me.

I struggled a bit with coming up with a sentiment that I was visually happy with.  I first stamped the sentiment with Copper Clay ink on Very Vanilla Cardstock which really looked stark on the dark and moody card.  Then I stamped the leaf with Wild Wheat ink over the stamped sentiment, but it still was too bright.  Next I tried stamping the leaf on Wild Wheat cardstock and stamping the sentiment over the leaf, but that looked too dark. I was about to give up and go with my Very Vanilla leaf sentiment, but as I grabbed it, for fun, I laid it slightly offset behind the Wild Wheat leaf.  Voila!  The tiny edge of Very Vanilla provided the bit of "highlight" that was needed.  Sometimes we only figure things out through trial and error, right?

One of the nice things about this Frosted Filter Technique is that it generates leftover technique scraps.  I used a scrap to add a decorative strip on the inside of the card.  I also used a scrap to decorate the flap on the envelope.  There wasn't quite enough to cover the complete envelop flap, so I added a strip of Wild Wheat cardstock across the top of the flap.  The 2nd and 3rd photo in the post probably give you the best image of the envelope.  

I'd love to know what you think of this technique.  I know I am looking forward to doing it again and experimenting with more colors.

Use this link to download a tutorial for today's card.  The Tutorial also includes links to the Technique Video.

A list of products used are shown below.

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