OCC- Optical Illusion


This is one of my riffs on creating the illusion of dimension and depth on a single layer card.  The one above was a happy accident and was quite different from class instructions.  (Sometimes things can go wrong in a good way!)

1.  I masked the center rectangle and used to Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry,  Fresh Lemonade and Peacock Feathers)  Next, I rummaged through my stash and found a stamp of unknown origin.  It didn’t stamp as clearly as I wanted, but I wanted to move on to the next step and didn’t bother to re-stamp it.  As it happens the washed out effect seems to provide even more depth.

2.   I removed the mask and then colorized the frame area with Peacock Feathers.  I used larger-scale floral image (also unknown origin) to stamp the corners.  Because the scale of this is so much larger it gives the illusion of a distinct fore and back ground.   I colored the flowers with Distress Markers.

It’s not perfectly implemented, but conceptually, it works.  My perfectionist streak balks at this, but this was a learning example.  Perfection can occur when I am not already more than a week behind in class!

Now for my next illusion:


For this one, I once again played with a small scale background and then added a larger image over the top.  In this case, the background is an old Hero Arts Asian text image with the Crafters Workshop Mini Bamboo Stencil.  I inked the text in Studio Calico Doc Brown ink and then applied various distress inks to the stencil image.   I had some beautiful origami papers that were begging to be used and these became the small flags in the upper right corner. I used some alpha stamps in white for the text.

Rules are made to be broken…the final piece is more than one layer!


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