Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Eloquence With Sympathy

A sympathy card using Penny Black's Eloquence and To You clear stamp sets along with their Breezy fern cling stamp and  Stampin' Up!'s En Francais stamp.

The background strip was masked off using Post It sticky notes and then sponged with a variety of green and blue Ranger Distress Inks and Memento Inks.  It was then stamped with Stampin' Up's! En Francais script stamp in blue ink. 
After removing the masks, Penny Black's Breezy fern was stamped in Memento's Northern Pine ink.The sentiment was stamped in a blue ink.
The butterfly from Penny Black's To You acrylic stamp set was stamped twice on a separate piece of white cardstock in the same blue ink as the sentiment.  It was colored with Copic markers. I then cut out all of one butterfly and just the top wing and body of the second one, cutting off the antennae on both.  I stamped the butterfly one more time in blue ink directly on the card where I wanted the antennae to go. The two cut out butterflies were glued down to the main part of the card on top of the one stamped on the card with the top one shaped to be three dimensional. 
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Have a super middle of the week.
It's the start of a beautiful fall day here.

Sunday, September 8, 2013


Some of the spectacular night skies we have had this summer are my inspiration for this piece.

I am entering this piece in Craft a Scene's September Challenge.  The theme for this month is "Dusk to Dawn". 

This has been a great summer for star gazing.  Living in an area surrounded by lots of wilderness and water and few city lights makes the area where I live wonderful for stargazing.  In fact, just across the Mackinac Bridge at the tip of Michigan's northern peninsula there is The Headlands International Dark Sky Park.  There is a spectacular video of some night skies in northern Michigan on their website.  
The man and dog sitting on the rocks seemed to make the perfect pair to be stargazing on a cool summer evening in northern Michigan.  The scene was laid out and stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black ink using a Stamp-a-ma-Jig stamp positioner and Eclipse Masking tape by Judikins.  After the ink dried the images and background were colored with Copic markers.
Stamps used:
Stampscapes - Curvilinear Road, observatory, space rocks, boulder on left
100 Proof Press - Elf with Telescope (partial stamp), 3 round planets in sky(marbles stamps), small comet, rocky outcropping
VivaLasVegaStamps - Man and Dog, Big Dipper, Saturn, Tiny Planet by observatory
Beeswax - large rock ledge in foreground
Art Impressions - cliff on left
Third Coast Rubber Stamps  - spiral in sky
Rubber Stamp Avenue - moon
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