Thursday, October 23, 2008

Gifts at the Door....

I did some more stamping with Artistic Outpost's Snowy Woods stamp set......a wonderful mix of stamps. One of them is a door with a wreath & greenery. My first thought was that I really didn't know what to do with the door. So I challenged myself to try working with it.

I stamped it with Versafine Black Onyx & used Adirondack markers (Pesto, Meadow, Lettuce, Slate) to color the wreath, greenery & accent the shadows on the door. Then I added Weathered Wood Distress ink to the wood of the door & siding. I used Anitque Linen over the complete image to "antique" it. I added "berries" with a dark red gel pen. I stamped the wreath....another stamp in this set......& colored it to match the greenery. I used foam tape to attach it to the door. The bow is a silk ribbon. Silk ribbon is so soft & drapes nicely which works so well for this small bow.

The sled took a bit more work. I stamped one package, then I masked it. I stamped the second package. I added a mask to that package & then stamped the sled. I used a stamp positioner so I could get the sled to be under the packages. (An easier way would be to stamp & cut out the packages, stamp the sled, then glue the packages to the sled. Too bad I didn't think of that before now! )
I colored the packages with Distress inks using Cut n Dry foam. I think I used Antique Linen & Vintage photo........I forgot to make notes. I added Glossy Accents to the sled doesn't show up very well in the photo. I cut out the sled & packages creating a "snowbank" with the cut edge. I used Weathered Wood to shade along the sled runners & outer edges; the rest is colored with Antique Linen. The little tag is cut with a Spellbinders die. I stamped the verse & then re cut the tag to shorten it. It's distressed with Antique Linen. Do you think that's probably my most used Distress ink.......Antique Linen? You're right! I added a twine bow & attached the tag with foam tape. The sled & packages have 2 layers of foam tape near the center & none at the edges of the card.

I had all these pieces on my work table for a couple days before I put them together because I couldn't find quite the right paper for the card. I finally created a background paper. I started with white paper, stamped snowflakes......also in this set......with Brilliance Moonlight White & heat set the ink. Then I stamped the pine branch using Adirondack Oregano ink. I rubbed Weathered Wood distress ink all over the paper & images. The pattern is subtle but I really like how it turned out. Because Weathered Wood is the same color as used on the door, the colors blend perfectly. Once I put the card together, I added a touch of Black Soot Distress ink along all the edges.

For the inside of the card, I used the pine branch with Oregano ink again. I stamped the ink off twice so the image is very soft. I used Adirondack Raisin for the verse. I love the script in this verse. Isn't it elegant? You guessed it, it's part of this set, too!

Happy stamping!

1 comment:

Debbie Olson said...

I love the vintage feel of this card--great job, Judy!