Hello Stamping Friends!
I can hardly believe that I am blogging two days in row. Plus I made 2 additional cards yesterday which I will post in the next few days. My stamping mojo is definitely coming back. (By the way...this blog "address" is new. I have no followers yet, even though I had many on the last blog. I'd love to have you follow me here now!)
The first card I have today was made on Super Bowl Sunday. I kept thinking it needed something more, but now that I have set it aside for a while, I like it. This card uses the first color challenge of 2014 from SCS: Rich Razzleberry, Island Indigo, Night of Navy. I absolutely love these colors, and because of their "cool tones" I initially planned on making a snowy card. Instead, I was craving something different...I am ready for spring! My card base is island indigo, and I added a layer of razzleberry pattern paper. The main image panel features a fun technique that I learned during a Virtual Stamp Night years ago: Serigraph. I rarely use my brayer, and even for this card, it didn't work as well as I had hoped, but I think the results still look nice. In a nutshell, I stamped the silhouette image with versamark, embossed with clear embossing powder, then randomly brayered the challenge colors over the top. I gently wiped off any color from the flowers. The tutorial actually has you stamp on top of some color and emboss with white. One time, I embossed with early espresso over the brayered colors. Whichever way, it has a lovely marbled look. The sentiment is from SU's "Trust God," and I used the scallop punch. Very old night of navy organza ribbon wraps it up.
My other card came about on Monday because I had a half sheet of crumb cake card stock from Sunday's project, and this bold DSP scrap was on the top of my growing pile. I had not touched anything with poppy parade for a while, so this turned out to be fun. This dsp is called Pocket Full of Posies, I think, and it was designed to coordinate with the SU set "My Friend." I randomly stamped on the card base directly (something I rarely do) for a background. The sentiment was stamped on very vanilla, but I sponged heavily with crumb cake, baja breeze, and night of navy. My embellishments are poppy parade poly-twill ribbon and navy candy dots, plus some dimensionals. I didn't have any challenges in mind for this card...other than to use some retired materials!
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