Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Hardly a Waste of Time

This is one of those cards that evolve as you make them...I made it for the Limited Supplies Challenge on SCS this week, which was to make a time-related card. I got this quote stamp a while back on ebay (seller ohdella - she's great!), and usually use it with another TAC stamp image of a girl laying down in the grass, but I always thought the font looked Pooh-ish, so I pulled out this All Night Media stamp of Pooh and good ol' Christopher Robin. The stamp image actually has wording above it, but I trimmed around it and pulled off just the characters to stamp (I alter my stamps a lot that way...shhh!!)

I stamped Pooh and CR and the saying with StazOn Jet Black ink. I did some masking and stamped the grass (Eureka Stamps, Biblical Impressions line) in Adirondack Lettuce ink. I added the trees (Creative Impressions) in the background - they were stamped off on another paper several times so they wouldn't be too dark. The leaves on the trees and the little purple flowers in the grass are done with the fern stamp from the SU set Watercolor Minis. I used a homemade cloud stencil and some chalk to make the clouds. I flipped that panel over and scored 1/8" from the edge to make an embossed border, then layered it on a black panel, leaving a narrow border.

When I finished the main panel it had so much dead sky space in the upper left corner...I had to fill it with something. I wanted something that looked closer, like you were looking into the scene. I didn't have a tree branch that seemed to work, then I saw a background sheet I had started to color with a butterflies from Jim Stephan (if you're not afraid of unmounted stamps, you have got to check out his designs!) They seemed to work, and add a little dimension to the scene. A tip for 'popping' butterflies - if you want to 3-d the wings with mounting tape so they stand out, stamp the butterfly on your card first, so when you cut out the raised part, you don't have to try to cut out the body or antennas.

The photo corners are thanks to AmyR's wonderful tutorial here. Background stamp is from TAC (one of their gift-with-purchase stamps from last year), and I sponged the edge with black ink.

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