Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Bright Lights

This week I have the honour and pleasure of being guest designer at CASology after this card was chosen for Week 50, Free.  So when Melissa asked me if I'd like to be guest designer, of course I said yes, then waited with baited breath for "the word".  Ya never know whether it's going to be, well, challenging!  So I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw what it was:


Neon colours are hot in the cardmaking world, but if you google the word neon, up pop gorgeous neon sign images, so I had a go at making my own neon sign.


You likey?  If you look closely at those google images of neon signs, the neon tube shows white, while the colour glows around the tube, and this is what I wanted to capture.  I white-embossed the sentiment (Woodware) and even though I used a static bag, there is the odd stray speck of white.  But I'm hoping you'll be too blinded by the neon to see it ;)  And it really does glow IRL!

I drew around the embossing with a Versamark pen and applied iridescent mica powders (Cosmic Shimmer) with separate cotton buds for each colour.  After I'd applied the powder to the first letter, I was a bit disappointed that it wasn't as bright as I'd expected. (I was making the card at night).  But I thought I would persevere with all the letters and then make a judgement.  Then when I lifted the card up, and the powders caught the light - WOW!  And the green was a surprise - it was pink in the tub! (Interference mica powders change colour when applied to black card.)

I can see myself making many more neon lights cards!  What will you make with the cue word?  Pop over to CASology and see what the Design Team have created, then join in.  I can't wait to see everybody's creations!

18 comments:

  1. This. Is. Awesome! You have really captured the feeling of a neon sign here - so clever!

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  2. This is amazing, I love the effect you have created

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  3. This is just Magnificent and POPS right out there - Pefect NEON!

    Super ideas for the rest of us!

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  4. Well I cannot believe this is stamped..... it's so realistic!!!
    The perfect stamp and powders for the job, love it :0)
    Jenny x

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  5. Shirley, your cards never disappoint! What a cool neon sign card...just perfect!

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  6. Hi Shirley. This is "brilliant" :) Love your neon sign - so creative! Congrats on being Guest Designer! Loll xx

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  7. congrats Susie! This card takes me back to old school times for me...the 80's. Not sure if its the font or the neon, but I adore it because it gives me happy memories of when I was young...and thin!

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  8. I am super mystified by this amazing card, Shirley, even though you thoughtfully described the process. I'm blown away!!

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  9. Congratulations on being an awesome GD at CASology, Shirley ... a match made in heaven! I've been sitting looking at your neon sign for a bit now ... and I swear it's flashing at me ... it's stunning ... I'm gasping! Anita :)

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  10. Oh, this is SO cool! it looks just like a neon sign - what a great technique!

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  11. Shirley, this is absolutely brilliant!! My jaw hit the floor when I saw it on the DT blog. You've captured the look of a neon sign so perfectly! Love it!

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  12. This is SOOO cool, Shirley! Your card is absolutely glowing--what a wonderful technique! Congrats on your guest design spot, too.

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  13. I love this amazing card Shirley - it looks just like a real sign! Hugs xx

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  14. Shirley! Thanks so much for your kind comment on my blog. I love your neon lights creation - it truly looks electrified!! I love it!!

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