Saturday, December 29, 2007

Playing With Color

I love to play with color and see how color affects images. The notecard set pictured below is created with Night of Navy, Rose Red, Old Olive and Taken with Teal cardstock and ink from Stampin' Up. The images are as follows: Girl with Pearl Earring (Stamp Francisco), Song of Spring (Stamp Francisco) and Weathered Backrgound (Stampin' Up). To give these layered images a little more grounding, I have chalked through the image with the corresponding chalk color and inked the torn edges of the main image with corresponding ink. In addition, I masked out the face before I overstamped the Song of Spring and then I colored the face in with blush colored chalk.

Here is a close-up of the Night of Navy notecard.

And the Old Olive...

I have experimented with various "earrings" on this card only to have them all drop off, smudge and otherwise mess with my image so now I just respect the original artist and leave it as originally painted.

I also played with accent colors in this set of notecards for my mother. I used a rough texture ecru paper and used color to bring out the central image.

I tied the contrast color to a focal point in the picture, the vase of tulips.

I loved the soft, homey look of this lovely stamp from Northwoods Rubber Stamps. I colored the image in with watercolor pencils and then used a blender pen to create a softer look.

I was pleasantly surprised at how the different colors gave each card a different attitude.

Off to play with more colors! I just looked up submission requests for Stamper's Sampler and they have a challenge to use turquoise with red. Should be interesting. We'll see.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Collage Barrage

Yesterday, I attended a wonderful collage composition class held by my local stamp store. It was a fantastic frolic in paper art and play. The most important lesson I learned was to DO. Put things on paper, move them around, make them yours. Collaging combined with stamping will be one of my pursuits throughout January.

Here's what I worked on during class. These are definitely not perfect, but that is not important. They are done! That is the important part - the accomplishment of starting, trying, creating and ultimately completing a page....any page!

My brain is buzzing with possibilities and my hand is reaching for the glue!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Seasonal Series

I thought the best way to start off my new blog was to perhaps post some seasonal samples. I first fell in love with this Santa Greetings stamp (Stamp Francisco) a few months ago. Not wanting to take away from the wonderful image, I tried to create a card with simple lines. I turned to one of my favorite background stamps, Print Pattern from Stampin' Up, to complete the design. Once completed, I saw that this design could be adapted for use with other images.

To create the basic layout of the card, select 2 colors of cardstock that work well together. For the directions, I will use the two colors I chose (the uninspired red and white) for my first attempt. I made the white cardstock into a standard base card of 5.5" x 8.5" and folded in half. I then cut a square of red 5.25" x 4.0" to form the background. Next, I cut a white piece of cardstock the same size as the stamp itself (2.25" x 3.25") and another piece of white 0.5" larger in both width and depth (ie 2.75" x 3.75"). Going back to the red cardstock, I cut a piece .025" larger than the stamp in both length and width (ie 2.5" x 3.5"). This forms a nice matt effect.

To begin stamping, stamp the image in the same color as the background, in this case red. Then stamp the background using gold metallic ink. To create an antiqued look, sprinkle embossing powder in lines over the background instead of completely covering. I tried to catch corners of the pattern with the embossing powder, leaving the diamonds half covered. Heat emboss and run background paper through a crinkler.

Take time to edge all pieces except the background in gold. I also use a stippling brush to add a tiny bit of gold to the actual image.

To assemble, use adhesive dots to secure a ribbon around the background and then adhere whole piece to base card. I also added a small knot of ribbon to give a vertical line to the card.

To complete, layer stamped image on top of small red rectangle and then adhere this to the larger white rectangle. Adhere these to the background. Here again I used dots to make adhering to the crinkled surface a little easier.

Here are some other samples of how this same idea can be used for other seasonal cards.

Happy holidays and happy stamping!

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