Tuesday, September 16, 2014

SOS #169: Who's Who

It's Tuesday, and time for a new challenge at Shopping Our Stash. This week's challenge title is Who's Who, and we'd like you to use either a photograph or a stamped image of a person on your project.

I dug around in my drawers of neglected stamps, and found two that I don't think I have ever used. Here's one of them:


I've had this stamp forever. The day I made this card I was actually playing with this image + background techniques, and by the time I stamped this one, I decided it needed to be left alone. I might have been "over" the whole background techniques at this point. I'll show you two of my experiments momentarily.

First we need to talk about the different colors of brown. I used Archival Coffee ink to stamp the image onto some water color paper (remember: technique city was in progress), and I had one heck of a time finding the right brown card stock to layer with it. What you see here is a piece of what might be Bazzill textured card stock, but there was no label on it. It came from my newly organized Mystery Browns collection of card stock.

The patterned card stock under the brown layer is from my "here, store this in your craft room" stack of Hero Arts patterned papers gifted to me by a friend.

Now, about those techniques. Here is a card using the same image, but it got come color:


I masked off the image with 3M tape, smooshed some Distress inks onto my craft mat, and painted around the image. It had a darker color outside the yellow, but I trimmed off most of it, leaving just a tiny bit of it beyond the yellow. I used the same mystery brown card stock as a layer, added three brads, stamped a background in the same Archival Coffee ink, and mounted the photo on an angle.

I also have another "people" stamp I've never used. This one is so old How old is it? (Name that show.) that I think I bought it at Recollections when it was still a store, and it's been closed for a looooong time. Here's the card:


The stamp is from Hampton Art Stamps, and is dated 2001. This card was a total experiment. I first stamped the image in Archival Coffee onto water color card stock (remember: experimenting time), then I pulled out my Copic air brush system and started spraying the piece with a light skin-tone color. Yes, her face is blotchy. I then added a dark color of brown around the edges, then "blended" them with a medium brown. It's not really blended at all; I tried to blend it, though.  And that green in her eye? I even sprayed that, too. I'm quite proud the green spray actually landed anywhere near her eye.

It's weird, but it's done. And no, I'm still not investing in an air compressor.

So, got people stamps? I dare you to use them this week. Come on over to SOS to check out what my teammates have made, leave them some comment love, and please play along!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stuff I used: Silences (two kids image) from www.paperbagstudios.com, mystery brown (Bazzill?) card stock, SU Naturals White card stock, Hampton Art Stamps - Diffusion (2001), Antique Brass brads, and the following:



Monday, September 15, 2014

ABNH: Papers, Please


It's the 15th of the month, and time for a new challenge at A Blog Named Hero. This fortnight we're using patterned paper. We're also collaborating with Winnie & Walter:


so I've used some of their stamps along with Hero Arts.

Heaven knows I have patterned paper, so I decided to stamp on it for a change. Here's my card, then I'll explain:


I stamped the Hero Arts Feathers onto some Fancy Pants Memories Captured 6x6 papers, and cut them out with the coordinating Hero Arts dies. I had to fussy-cut one of them, but the others had matching dies. I stacked the feathers and stuck them down to the card front, leaving enough room for the sentiment. The sentiment is from the Winnie & Walter set The Big, The Bold, and The Happy.

I poked two holes in the white layer and fed some floss through to tie a bow. I then layered that on some black card stock, and put the whole thing on a white base. The end.

So, I know you have some patterned paper, and I think you should pop over to play along, and also to give my teammates some comment love. :)

Thanks for stopping by!