Saturday, May 6, 2017

Medium Guess

Debbie Henderson has a great video on You Tube for a technique I never heard do card makers come up with these things? Well, I gave it a try and here's the result...
Can you guess how my background was done? Nope, not watercolor...yep, finger nail polish! I threw out bottles of nail polish the other day but kept four behind even though I wasn't going to use them because of the formaldehyde. These were OPI bottles and not cheap so I am happy I saved them. The technique was fun and not too messy if you use gloves and a popsicle stick. Debbie used her bare hands and her bone folder. You really need to check out that video. 

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I CASEd Cara's card at The Flower Challenge. The flowers I used are from SU retired Secret Garden stamp set and dies. The colors I used were SU's watercolor pencils: Calypso Coral, Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry. I die cut the circles with the Stitched Shape Framelits and emphasized the stitching with matching colors. The polish colors were: Chicago Champagne Toast, A Rose at Dawn...Broke by Noon, and Skating on Thin Ice-Land. Unfortunately, the pink and purple outdid the champagne toast. 

I really do hope you'll make a card using this technique.

Thanks for looking!


  1. The background really turned out very atmospheric Karen! I love how you highlighted your flowers up on the stitched circles really lets them pop from the background. Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week.

  2. Pretty pretty! I never would have guessed that it was made with nail polish!! Cool card! :)

  3. Oooooooh a nail polish background? Never heard of it, and I do agree, where do people come up with these fabulous ideas? I must check out the video. Yours is a fabulous mix of moody colours and I love the highlighted flowers with the crisp stitched backgrounds. Just lovely, Karen. Thanks for sharing with us at Just Add Ink. x

  4. Your nail polish background has so much detail and depth, Karen. The technique sounds very intriguing and I will check it out. I love how the stitched circles allow your beautifully coloured flowers to shine. Thanks for sharing with us at Just Add Ink this week.

  5. The nail polish marbling looks fabulous on your card!!! And the flowers in matching colors are beautiful like the ones on Cara's card! Thank you so much for joining us at The Flower Challenge!!!

  6. Wonderful back ground on this card - it creates so much interest. Chantell Just Add Ink

  7. Wow Karen what a fantastic technique, and the effects on your card are awesome. I must check out the video. Thanks for joining us this week at JAI - Chlo x

  8. What a fabulous card, love how you did that background. I have looked at a few videos on using nail polish, debating whether to go buy some nail polish to give it a go. Great CASE of Cara's card. Thank you so much for joining us at The Flower Challenge Aileen DT


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