Archive | May 2012

Easy Peasy Christmas Cards #8 ~ In Many Languages

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The card is the epitome of easy peasy! Now this stamp P110 World Christmas by Stampendous had been on the shelf at Classic for quite a while. It’s amazing how one can pass by many stamps not realizing their full potential. What I love about this stamp is that the sentiment is built right in! 🙂

The card measures 5 1/2 x 4 1/4″. I stamped it in Library Green Archival Ink because it’s great for fine detail and it’s oil based and won’t run which is important for the next step.
I then took a waterbrush and dipped it into Ranger’s Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls and painted all the stars on the tree.
As I took the above photo at night, I didn’t fully capture the metallic glint from the pearls. I did try to get a close up though.

The only thing that takes time is painting in the stars but I find if I’m watching TV or just listening to music, it’s quite therapeutic. Of course you can totally bling it up a lot more using rhinestones, pearls or even using more colours of perfect pearls. There are many possibilities using this stamp.

WAHOOOO!! Another card done!

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Sunflower with Butterfly and a card thought of the day…

There are times when I’ve made a card sample for Classic and I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! A lot of times, it doesn’t make it to my personal blog for whatever reason.
Those of you who visit Classic have most likely seen this card kicking around but I wanted to add it to my blog as it is one of my favourites.
I had made it last year and as many of you know I have a soft spot for good sunflower stamps. It’s one by Gary Robertson where it is detailed but not as fine detailed as others he’s done. So I added a few textures such as the pebbled walkway and some shading in the background trees.

The stamp is called Sunflower with Butterfly designed by Gary Roberston and is by Impression Obsession, H1771

I had coloured this image before taking the intermediate Copic certification course. I used a ton of Copic colours to colour this stamp, I don’t have the list but I can easily find out if you’re interested in which colours I used.

Now what’s interesting when you (not necessarily YOU, more like ONE, but more often I mean ME although it just may refer to you as well lol) colour something you’re right up in the image and can get lost in it. When I look at the picture of it, I realize that the shading isn’t as intense as I would have liked it. At the time, I thought it was. Whether that’s after taking the course or just looking at it from a different perspective.

Where is this going you ask?
By taking a photo of it, I’ve removed/detached myself from it and can be a little more objective and see it from a totally different perspective.
When I get stuck between a couple of looks or card layouts, I place the pieces on the card and take a picture of it with my phone. Then I rearrange the pieces in the alternate layout and take another picture. Then I look at both of the photos. More often than not, I find that one comes together better than the other. But for whatever reasons/hangups I couldn’t see it when it’s right in front of me. So the next time you’re stuck and not sure what to do, you may want to give it a go!

There’s the odd time, where even photographs don’t help and that’s when I walk away and go back to the pictures a day or two later. 🙂

If you have other ways of changing perspective to look at your work objectively, I would LOVE to hear about them!

Thanks for hanging out, reading my card thought of the day!