Thursday, March 6, 2014

Go Green!

Happy Thursday!  So, here is how my day began yesterday:

Yeah, it was good times, complete with the cut on my finger to prove it!  I definitely needed some stamp room therapy!
So, up to the room I went... I knew I wanted to make an ombre-type background, but I couldn't find my brayer anywhere.  Yeah, it was one of those days!  In my search, I found my Copic airbrush system.  Oh!  Why do I always forget about that thing?!  It's SO much fun!  I grabbed several colors of green for the WTUI challenge and just let it go!  Here is what it ended up like:

The little dots were made by using the brush end of the Copic marker in the airbrush tool instead of the chisel tip, like this:

I was completely stuck on what to do next, so I went trolling for challenges.  I checked the current sketch challenge, and then my muse came to life!  What a FUN design with the circles and all.
I used a stamp from my friend Laura's Creative Vision Stamps fabulous line called Happy Dance.  I stamped it with Nautical dye ink by ColorBox on a pre-colored scrap of sticky-back canvas.  The canvas was colored with Gelatos by Faber-Castell.

I literally meant scrap.  I had this piece sticking to my craft sheet on my stamp desk for months.  This was from a book I made for a friend who was having a baby.  I think the baby is 6 months old now, so it's been hanging out for a minute.  The weird thing is - it's completely sticky still.  I didn't use any adhesive at all on the card, it just stuck.  Anyway, I cut the canvas piece with a Circle Framelit by Sizzix.
Then, the sketch challenge said to use pearls as a dessert option, so I knew I wanted a circle of pearls.  Can you believe that in the THOUSANDS of sticky pearls I have, there are NO circles... rectangles and ovals only.  C'mon man!  So I cut a larger circle and used that like a guide to place my pearls in a circle.  It worked like this:

For the record, I SO should have gone to the store and bough a pearl circle frame.  Wow was that TOUGH!  I wanted to use the tiny pearls, and they didn't want to play nicely at all!
Finally, I added some fun-colored striped grosgrain by MayArts, and I was done.  Overall, I think the card turned out very happy.  It went to a co-worker friend of mine who just got a new job.  She loved it, so that's all that counts!
Here's the final product:

Here is all the stuff that was used:

Sorry about the stuff in the background.  I didn't realize I hadn't cleaned up from my cider journal pages from last week yet.  No paint or Glimmer Mist was used in this one.
Have a great day, and don't forget your Happy Dance!

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