Friday, January 25, 2008

RSC Card Swap

I made this card for January's card swap on the RubberStampChat hosted by Beeswax. The theme was "hot tea". This really was a tough one. First, I am not a hot tea drinker, therefore I didn't own any stamps with that theme. I didn't want to buy any and never use it again, but then I found this one by Hampton Art Stamps called Afternoon Tea. Now this I like!!!

I started out by stamping the women on white cs and coloring her with colored pencils. It's hard to see, but I used a dk grape and olive on her dress and hat. I kept her skin pretty light flesh. Cutting her out was tough!!! I raised her on foam dots on a smoky lavender background cut in an oval shape. (The original stamp had her in the oval.) I had to offset the image to the right because there were ink smudges I need to cover. lol The next background is tan cs ran through a cuddlebug using the script die folder. I highlighted it with tea stain distress ink. This layer is wrapped with a lavender ribbon that matched the oval perfectly. Then layered again on Bazzill cs, a med olivey green which is actually the A-2 sized card. To bring out some of the dk purple in her dress, I layered the card on a panel of dk plum cs. I had some amethyst colored crystals that I placed on each side of the main image.

Sorry for the crooked pic... I couldn't get it to scan straight...thanks for looking.

Thanks for the inkspiration!!!

Thanks to my friend Nancy - Inkblocks for encouraging me to start a blog and inspiring my stamping in general. I would also like to thank Pat at Technique Junkies. Without her awesome bi-monthly newletter, my stamping would not be where it is today!!!

I made this card last August when it was sooo hot. I thought the image would give me cool thoughts. lol The main image was done with water color distress, (from Technique Junkie Feb 2007) using distress inks, faded jeans and tattered rose. When the inks dried, I carefully stamped the image placing it so that it looked like a winter sunset. I then daubed Distress Ink scattered straw in the lanterns so they looked like they were glowing. I highlighted the branches and lanterns with a white Sakura gel pen to look like snow. I cut the image out, layered it on white CS, then again on a piece of black CS torn at the bottom. I wrapped a white twill ribbon with a Making Memories embellishment around the black panel. Underneath this I glued a silver snowflake charm. This panel was then layered onto a SU! buckeroo blue CS edged with Krylon silver pen. Joy by a muse is stamped in the bottom right corner. This card measures 5.5 inches square. Whew!!! Takes me longer to describe it than making it.
Thanks for looking.