Thursday, October 20, 2011

Snowy Pink Sunset

What a great day!  It started out cool this morning with light rain but by the afternoon it was sunny and bright.  I spent the morning with my Mom.  We went grocery shopping and then headed back to her place for some lunch.  I took over dinner for her for tonight so that she'd have a break from cooking.  I always have a good day when I get to spend time with my mom!!

Today's "Ways to Use It" Challenge from SCS is "Faux Tile - in the Pink".  I read up on the instructions on the suggested way to do faux tile, but didn't have the supplies necessary, so I just stamped my main image and then cut it into small squares.  To me it looks more like a window frame, looking out at the trees and the pretty pink sunset - oh well.

I sponged the background gray cardstock with Whisper White ink to give it a "cloudy" look which actually turned out pretty cool - just doesn't come across in the photo :(   I haven't brayered for a while, so I had a lot of fun making this card.  I used all SU! products for this card.

"Snowy Pink Sunset"

Stamps:  Lovely As A Tree (SU!)
Paper:  Basic Black, Basic Gray, Glossy White (SU!)
Ink:  Barely Banana, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Rose Red, Basic Black, Sahara Sand, Whisper White (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  post-it note for masking "snow", Speedball rubber brayer, temporary adhesive (optional), white gel pen, toothbrush, water mister, sponge dauber, 1/4" Basic Black grosgrain ribbon, adhesives, sticky strips and dimensionals

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I ripped a mask from the post-it note and placed it covering the bottom of the glossy white cardstock.  I used temporary adhesive to attached my Glossy White cardstock onto a large piece of scratch paper (optional).  I brayered the sky in this order:  Barely Banana, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Rose Red.  I inked the tree stamp with Basic Black ink and stamped over top of the sky and mask, making sure the lines on the stamp that represent hills are below the post-it note mask and don't end up on top of the snow.  I removed the mask.

I used a Basic Black Stampin' Write marker to extend the trunks that were cut off by the mask.  I used the white gel pen to add snow in the trees.

I ripped a second mask and used it to add snow drifts by sponging along the top with Sahara Sand ink (sorry, hard to see in the photo).

I added Whisper White ink to a toothbrush, misted it with lots of water and then pulled my thumb along the bristles, spraying ink over the brayered image to make it appear as if it is snowing.

I cut the image into squares and mounted them onto a background of black cardstock.
I used a sponge dauber and more Whisper White ink and randomly sponged over the Basic Gray cardstock.

I mounted all the pieces as shown in the picture above, adding a ribbon tied with a knot at center and popping up the main image with dimensionals to add depth.

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