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My memories of 4th July growing up were always spent at the lake up and watching the fireworks over the water. Today’s card reminds me of those peaceful summers … no cell phones, no computers, video games … how on earth did we survive? LOL!
Anyway, on about today’s card. I while back I had been stamping “something” with Multi-Step Trees and while I was at the computer I glanced back over to my stamp table and the Tree set that was laying sideways catch my eye! The trees did not look like trees, but bushes! That got me thinking (usually a dangerous thing!), and I wondered if masking the tree down the middle and stamping it horizontal instead of vertical like a tree, would it look like bushes? AND could the other half of the tree look like bushes as a reflection on water? Well here is my experiment and I think it works… what do you think? Best part … I did not mask the lake/tree. I stamped it right on top of the stamped water! I did mask the birch trees and then stamped the side “bush” by the cabin, but stamped directly on top of the cabin too. Don’t you just love when you see something new because you looked “it” from an entirely different direction? … and this time a messy craft table was a help! LOL
First I stamped a “color changing” autumn tree and built the rest around it. For the grassy hill (mound), place the long grass stamp (from Tree Friends) in a curve on the acrylic stamping block.
Stamping Northern Pine followed by Toffee Crunch. Overlapping each stamping and the colors until blended together. Add in some extra detail around the base of the tree with the small grass stamp and Northern Pine.
When adding the wall on the right, I used a scrap of torn paper for a mask and placed it along the slope, below the grass line (the soil line). This allows the stone wall to show through the blades of grass. The light green hilly grass in the distance was also done with torn paper (covering the sky area) and sponging with Pistachio. The sky was done with the same technique with Summer Sky. The little squirrel is a single stamp and was stamped twice (first: Potter’s Clay, second: Gray Flannel) and slightly off register to give him some dimension.
I realized two things when preparing today’s post.
First – lately, I have been obsessed with land, sea & sky … and trying to master the look with ink & paper. Second … I soooo long to go on a tropical vacation! 😉
On my quest to find inspiration (and some tutorial help) with water and sand, I found a tutorial from Michelle Zindorf (find it HERE– Note: go to the bottom of her post), where she shows a technique using an ink pad directly to paper. But, instead of dragging the ink pad across the paper, I (for the lack of a better word) “buffed or scuffed” the ink pad across the paper. Starting on the outside of the paper, apply the ink pad to the paper. While moving the ink pad towards the center, begin to lift it up off the paper. The same motion as when buffing your nails for a manicure … I hope that makes sense??? I used the flat part of the ink pad for wider areas of color and the edge of the ink pad for streaky lines of color. For the sand, I inked up an acrylic block and stamped directly onto the paper – (find Beate Johns’ “Stamped Acrylic Block Background” tutorial HERE).
I am very happy with how the water, sand and sunset sky turned out on this card … I sure wish I could have just stamped it! 😉
Here is a quick “how to” (ink colors are listed below). To start, masked off the horizon with some masking tape and stamp the setting sun. Next, cover the sun with clear embossing powder to act as a mask when creating the sky. You can see, I was a bit off with the clear emboss over the sun … but I’ll call it a happy accident because I think it helps define the sun from the sunset. After creating the sunset with the technique mentioned above was the water area. I moved the tape to the other side of the horizon and cover up the sunset area. Added torn paper that had a curve to mask over the beach area (save the other half for the following step). When the water was finished, used the other half of the torn paper to cover the water and created the sand. Next, removed all masking and sponged white pigment ink to create the “foamy” shoreline. I choose to overstamp the palm trees and the distant island (rock) on top of the sunset, for the effect that the sunset was casting its colors onto the palm trees and island.
… if only I could be there, sipping on a Mai Tai!
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Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Metallic Amethyst from The Paper Co.
Inks:(all Memento Inks) – Palm Trees: please see color recipe HERE. Sun: Dandelion, Cantaloupe, and Tangelo. Sunset:(application ink pad directly to paper) Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Tangelo, Rose Bud, Lulu Lavender, Lilac Posies, Sweet Plum and Paris Dusk. Water:(application ink pad directly to paper) Summer Sky, Teal Zeal and Danube Blue. Shoreline: Moonlight White from Brilliance. Sand: (application ink pad directly to acrylic block & stamp) Desert Sand and Toffee Crunch. Island (Rock): Step #3 – Rich Cocoa, Step #2 – Sweet Plum, Step #1 – Toffee Crunch (did not use Step #4).
Embellishments: Fine detail clear embossing powder & VersaMark ink – used for the sun.