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For this challenge, I chose the second row - Resist Technique, Ombre, and Grid.
I started by stamping my Geometric Grid background stamp onto some watercolor paper and heat embossing in gold. Then I used my Gansai Tambi paints and clear, clean water to create an ombre wash from the top to the bottom of the panel. In order to get more variation, I created the ombre look with multiple layers of color, but using the same shade each time. The color variation simply comes from the amount of pigment I picked up with the water on my brush.
I set my panel aside to air dry and started on my sentiment strip. I used the fishtail banner dies from MFT stamps to create the strip. I simple cut it once and then put the piece back into my machine to cut the tail on the other end. (I moved the piece around until I felt the stitching pop back into the holes in the piece so I was able to cut again without ruining it!) I heat embossed the sentiment in white and then started putting together the finished card.
I adhered the panel to a white card base using some strong adhesive and then created a "nest" with some gold thread. When I had it where I wanted it, I adhered my sentiment strip over top of it with some foam tape. (The foam tape keeps the thread from moving around and I didn't have to try to adhere the whole thing down with liquid adhesive!) I added a scattering of gold sequins to complete the look.