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Friday, January 11, 2008

Arctic Seals

Just a quick hi and a winter-inspired card. I have a pile of work to do today! LOL

Card is jumbo! 6 /1/2" x 7 1/4"
The colors in the scan are a bit off, but you get the idea. Some things you can only see irl: there is a "pool" of water in front of the seals (Stamp Affair) made by using Judi-Kins Diamond Glaze, which dries 3D and clear (mine is a bit yellowed here :o( Also, I stamped the seals on textured paper, made by rubbing cs over a table edge repeatedly to break up fibers, and then picking at the corner to peel into two layers. This provides a fuzzy, suede type finish. (thanks Beate's blog Fresh & Fun under the Leather post for this cool technique!)

I started by doing two Watercolor Distress backgrounds, one in Weathered Wood, and one in WW and Walnut Stain. On the blue-only one I stamped the mountain range (Cowtown) in Staz-On Stone Grey and highlighted it with a Sakura Gelly Roll sparkle pen. It looked too stark so I ran a white pencil over the lines.

I stamped the seals in Staz-On Timber Brown and trimmed them out. I colored them in lightly with pencils for definition, and then pop-dotted them onto the bkgd (I had stamped just the head of the large one on first, so I wouldn't have to trim whiskers out.) It looked too plain so I stamped the sun (Stampin' Up Scenery Set), the birds and water (Just For Fun) in the WW.

I applied khaki photo corners to the main panel, and then adhered the layers as shown. The darkest layer is brown and not black like it appears.

Thanks for looking!


Gerrie said...

Ohhhhhhhh I luv it GF! she says..laying on one side, flapping her flippers..

di said...

I really like this - looks so real and very cold - like I would need a warm coat to be there today

Daria said...

Wonderful card! The background is perfection. Thank you for your detailed instructions.

karen m said...

Such a gorgeous card. The seals are so detailed with color. Thank you for the instructions. I am enjoying your blog daily.

leenda said...