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Archive for May, 2012

“Rock On”

Teenage cards can be a challenge to make, especially for a boy…
my baby boy, who turns 15 today!!! loves playing the guitar so I made this one for him.
He has an electric guitar that he rocks out to every day,
 and is saving up madly for a bass guitar.
I think the trick with teenagers is to keep the card simple…don’t over do it.
I have splattered acrylic paint onto the stamped background and added glossy accents to the body of the guitar so it shines like his guitar does.
I have used shadow stamping in the background, and kept everything else pretty basic.
Not too much bling…boys just don’t like it.
He loved it!!!
I am entering this card in the following challenges ~

Pearl Lady

“Pearl Lady”
This is just a quick card that I made for my aunty.  
The techniques in this are an attempt at marbled stains topped with shadow stamping. 
I think that the overall effect is really pretty…just right for my aunty.
The butterflies are edged with DI’s and have rhinestones added…
and I have added interest to the swirls with a white pen, which I also used to add dots amongst the swirls…like a starry effect.
Pearls and swirls are always a classic combination!
I am entering this card in the following challenges~

Bionic Bird

“Bionic Bird”
Welcome to another challenge theme at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
This fortnight it is STEAMPUNK.
Remember this is a stamping challenge so bring out your stamps and have some fun!!!
And remember, Marina from Cottage Crafts offers a fabulous prize each fortnight and we have our DT picked runner ups, spotlights, and sneakpeaks of the next challenge…

I have gone with a steampunk stamp sheet from Oxford Impressions, because I love this bird!
Even though I’ve had this stamp for AGES…it’s not one I have used very often.  This time I have settled for stamping it on acetate with Stayzon Ink and working some alcohol inks behind it…and then layering it onto white cardstock that is lightly sponged with DI’s.  Then I layered it again onto torn card.
Now for the bit that is a little different…
I have dipped (carefully) the edges of the acetate and torn card into melted UTEE for a chunky metallic feel.  And used some droplets of UTEE for studs around the edge.


“Flying High”

“Flying High”
This card was just a quick and fun one to put together.
 I am really loving the quickness of inking up some cardstock the Tim way, and then using that as my background paper!
I kept the colours to a minimum, added balloons using faded jeans distress ink (which was used in the background) and a bi-plane in the foreground in bold black.
As an afterthought I have UTEE’d the bi-plane piece…it looks great up close.
I am entering this in the following challenges…

“Cities of the World”

Being a bit of a country bumpkin, creating a cityscape was an awesome challenge!
Cities of the World” is the theme this fortnight at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
So I give you my fear and my excitement in one!!!
Paddocks are replaced by streets upon streets of houses, hustle and bustle, crowds, tickets, tolls, lack of time, the unknown, the mystical and the secret stuff behind closed doors.
I even threw in an umbrella because everyone in the city (on t.v. anyway) carries an umbrella.
Oh, I forgot the traffic!!!! lol. nevermind, on this card we can have a break from the traffic.
There really is nothing complicated about this card!
It is cardstock that is DI’ed with bundled sage, crushed olive, milled lavender and tumbled glass inks.
And spritzed and flicked with water.
The moon is added with pan pastels.
As an after thought l’ve gone around some of the edge with vintage DI, and I think it adds a bit of a city smog effect.
The background scenery is all masking!!!!
Just starting at the bottom and working my way up…just to show you what I mean, I am adding the background on it’s own to show you.
It looks great as it is doesn’t it??? Then I added the city crowd.
Again…all masking!
I don’t have many people stamps, so I used what I had and masked them all together to create a crowd, watercoloured them with DI’s, fussy cut them and layered them with mounting foam.
So only a 2-layered card.
And heaps of fun to make!!!
Treat yourself to the awesomeness of the Fashionable Stampettes, and follow the link for a glimpse into city life.  Join in the fun and you will be in the running for a prize from Cottage Crafts (thanks Marina!)
Stamps and Ink and Fun…are the only ingredients you need.

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