Thursday, July 23, 2009

I've been away too long!

But I'm back now and that's what matters, right? :) Between vacations, car problems, my birthday, illnesses and a new car I haven't had much time to create anything fun. I *have* done some really fun stuff, but I can't show you for a few more days (super secret birthday stuff ya know!).
This, however, I can show you! My most wonderful husband bought me stamps for my birthday. Not just any stamps, mind you, but one that I've lusted after for a long time. Not only did he buy them for me, but he had to order them from Denmark. Talk about forethought! (yes, I did get the last good one - and no, you can't have him!) You can see both things he bought me here and here - aren't they luscious??
Unfortunately it came out a little darker than I envisioned, but you can bet that this won't be the last time you see Maribel. Besides, I have to practice getting a good image of the photo stamp (cause I'm not so great at it yet).
Maribel was stamped with VersaFine in Onyx Black & colored with prisma pencils. I used Milled Lavender and Dusty Concord Distress inks to color the background. Nestie ovals (although I started with a different shape & had to cut it down) and some of the gorgeous grunge borders were next. That final grungy edge piece was done with VersaFine ink and brushed with purple Perfect Pearls.
It took me a while to figure out how to frame the ovals, but I finally remembered these grayish half pearls. I think they were for using on fabric? You know, those little studs with hot glue on the back for making patterns on your clothes?
This is a different card size for me too. Once I had everything put on the base it looked like she was swimming! :) So I cut it down to 3 1/2 by 4 /1/4 - perfect! I have a very special person in mind to send this to - hope she likes it as much as I do!

Thanks for dropping by!

1 comment:

Etha said...

Oh wow!! love what you did with that stamp and your coloring is divine!!
If these are larger stamps, what I usually do is ink them up, set them upside down and put the paper on top, then smoothing the impression onto the paper with my flat hand ;)
If that doesn't work you can try to stamp on top of one thin layer of this fun foam stuff you get at the craft store. It is quite firm but has just the right amount of give to be great as a stamping surface ;)