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Here’s my entry for Try a New Technique #231 (TLC231) for Monday, 7/27/09, over at SplitCoastStampers. I saw a card with a layout similar to this a few years ago in a card magazine and I was excited for a chance to try out quilling with it!
Thanks for looking and let me know what you think!
I came across this adorable fox stamp at a scrapbooking store in a town about an hour away from here a few weeks ago. At 99 cents, I HAD to have him, and I knew he would be perfect for Gamsol! Last week I registered over at Paper Craft Planet and came across an awesome sketch challenge on Saturday. When I saw it, the first stamp that came to mind was “Foxy!” Also, I was lucky to score the Stampendous set with my 50% off at Michael’s coupon last week. I love deals!
I had a different sort of inspiration for the color combination I chose for this card. At the horse show on Saturday (see post below for more info on that), one lady that I competed against in Trail had the most GORGEOUS Hawaiian-type floral top, which was a mix of warm chocolate, bold teal, and tropical mustard. It looked AWESOME, especially with the color of horse she was riding!
Once I had my colors in mind and sketch in hand, I sat down to start creating and things just evolved from there.
One thing I wanted to incorporate into this card was making Foxy as three-dimensional as possible to make him really come to life. To do this, I stamped him three times in chocolate chip ink and used the gamsol magic technique (I use plain ol’ Crayola colored pencils and generic Baby Oil rather than the hard-to-find and rather pricey Gamsol and special colored pencils) to color each image. Then, I cut out each piece with a craft knife, cutting the second layer by leaving out the tail and the third layer by leaving out the ears and the hind legs. The result makes him really pop off of the card at you, and I’m please with how it turned out! For the circle that Foxy is mounted on, I sponged More Mustard ink on plain white cardstock. That by itself didn’t seem to stand out enough off of the chocolate panel, so I added another layer of white cardstock behind it.
I also sponged the brown and Taken with Teal panels in matching ink. I do that to a lot of my cards, but I think it is an important step for a lot of cards to make them look more finished. Granted, it doesn’t look great on EVERY card but I find it works well for many of the cards I create! The sentiment was stamped on white cardstock and I used a notched corner punch to take the semi-circle off of the edge to add interest. I also used our Fastenator for the first time to add the two silver embellishments on the lower edge of the teal/mustard panel. When I originally “finished” this card yesterday I had left it at that. However, when I came back later to photograph it, it looked like something was just missing, and I couldn’t think of what that was. This morning I remembered my fun “Argyle Factory” set I purchased from Clear Dollar Stamps several years ago and haven’t had the opportunity to use much. PERFECT! I got a little goofy with my spacing when I stamped it the 2nd time so I tried to repeat that mistake with the 3rd stamping to make it look intentional. Hopefully it doesn’t look too sloppy!
Thanks so much for looking and please take a minute to let me know what you thought of my card and this post!
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I’m not sure how many “regular” readers I have (if any), but for interest’s sake I thought I’d throw in a picture of me and my horse, Dreamer, taken at our show today. We had a lot of fun, placing in every class we entered in and even winning our Western Pleasure class! I trained Dreamer myself and this is his first year being shown in all of his under-saddle events, and he seems to be enjoying it! Folks, THIS is the reason why I don’t do much cardmaking in the warm months – I’m busy in the barn! :0)
Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!
More fun with Clear Dollar Stamps! The mother of one of my good “horsey” friends was recently called back to work after having been laid off since sometime last fall, so I created this card just for her as sort of a “congratulations.” :0) She also loves horses, so I figured this new stamp set would be a perfect one to work with for the occasion. I selected the layout from a recent sketch challenge (SC126) at SplitCoast. To select the colors, I knew I wanted to do something with red in it, because I know that is a favorite of hers. I couldn’t come up with a color combo that I liked using Real Red, so I selected Ruby Red instead as it sort of has that “homey/western-y” feel to it.
I was thrilled to use the paisley set for this card. I have wanted a paisley stamp to use for backgrounds for quite a long time and when I came across this set from Clear Dollar Stamps I *had* to have it! It just seemed natural to put it on “kraft” cardstock for this card, and I’m very happy with how it turned out. Charlie himself was stamped twice in Chocolate Chip ink. For one of the stamped images, I used colored pencils and baby oil (“Gamsol magic” technique) to bring him to life, and used my kraft knife to cut him out and then placed him on the original stamped image to make it sort of “3D.” I used my edge distressing tool to add dimension to the panel. The sentiment was stamped on the ruby red panel in the same color ink so that it would have just enough contrast to stand out but not be overbearing.
To help finish off the card and give it a fun little kick I added two strips of “twine,” and tied in two little knots for more detail. All panels of this card were ink distressed using a sponge and coordinating ink colors. I have been doing this to a LOT of my cards, but I think it really adds to the card (when distressing of this nature fits the design), and makes the card complete. It makes for messy fingertips, but skin is washable after all!
And finally, what sort of a happy card is complete without its very own matching envelope? I enlisted the help of my Paisley Perfection set again and love the fun it added. I would l-o-v-e to open my mailbox and see a cheery envelope like this peeking out!
Thank you SO much for looking! Please take a moment to let me know what you think!
God’s blessings and many more happy summer days to you all!
I placed a nice sized Clear Dollar Stamps order last week after spending days on Lorie’s website trying to narrow down my “must-haves” to an affordable order! The stamps came yesterday and I just *had* to sit down and work with them. Pretty Perches is one set I couldn’t wait to experiment with! When I saw the set on her website, I knew it was meant for me, and now that I have it I think I like it even better than I originally thought!
I chose the layout from the recent sketch challenge #129 over on SplitcoastStampers, and I picked the color combination after thumbing through our cardstock collection to find something that matched the mood I wanted for this card. I stamped the bird feeder image in Chocolate Chip ink after sponging in the cloud background. I cut out the roof and bottom of the feeder as well as the bird and placed them on top of the bottom stamped image to add additional dimension and interest. The “glass” portion of the feeder is covered in Crystal Effects to give it a glass-like gloss. The bird feeder image medallion is affixed to the main panel of the card via leftover scraps of rubber stamp backing to bring the image to life.
Finally, to finish off the card, I used the Tag It set to add the sentiment and frame toward the bottom of the card. After cutting out the frame/tag, I added slits to the sides of the tag to make it a ribbon slider and threaded a piece of brown ribbon through it.
Thanks for looking – please let me know what you think!