Saturday, February 27, 2010
On the Waterfront . . . Virtual Stamp Night on SCS
Did you know it is Virtual Stamp Night weekend on Splitcoast Stampers? Check out the main thread here. There are challenges issued every hour. There were a few last night and there is a stellar lineup of challenges today, all focused on themes taken from the Winter Olympics. Maybe we couldn't go to Vancouver, but we can ink up our stamps and honor the Olympics and have some fun at the same time, while we make projects or cards!
The idea behind VSN is to complete a stamping challenge in 45 minutes, that is part of the fun. But as the challenge hostess for the 1:00 P.M. EST timeslot I got a bit carried away with my sample and please note, as one poster asked, I DID NOT make this in 45 minutes, not at all! But as the challenge hostess I get that privilege. I intend to use this card for my oldest daughter's birthday in April. She loved mermaids when she was small. I even made her and her younger sister mermaid tails out of fabric that they could wear in the bathtub so they could pretend to be mermaids. When I saw this new set being released by Crafty Secrets this January, I had to have it. And then I had to try to dress up my card as much as possible.
First I followed a technique I found in BadSherry's gallery on SCS to use Tim Holtz Ranger Distress inks to make a watercolor sort of background. Taking the ink pads, I swiped them across a sheet of wax paper, spritzed them with microsprayer to get the ink to bead up, then taking a piece of plain white cardstock, you lay it down on the wax paper on top of the colors. Lift it up, dry it off with a heat gun and then turning the paper, reink it on the wax paper again. If you use complementary colors they run and pool together nicely. I've used this technique before and thought it would make a wonderful background for the detailed mermaid stamp. I think I used peeled paint, two blues and a purple ink. Then taking an aquapainter, I used the green ink pad (peeled paint) to enhance the mermaid's tail a bit. I also overlaid a bit of watercolor wonder crayon in blush on the mermaid's arms and face.
The chiffon flowers I pulled from a tutorial several months ago on Priscilla Styles blog for Midnight Madness. I used three different ink color to brush on the chiffon so that the flowers would have a bit of a mottled look. When else do you get to play with fabric and fire on the same day? I edged the flowers with waterfall stickles. They take for-evah to dry.
Used a Martha Stewart branch punch to help enhance the flowers and buttons, coating them with Dazzling Diamonds glitter. Used a Sakura gelly roll silver pen for some detail enhancement on the main panel . . . and the rest is pretty self explanatory. Thanks for looking. Hope you get a chance to play along with VSN this weekend.