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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Red Hot Peppers

Oh my goodness - I can't even believe it myself!! LOL Third post in three days - that would explain the pile of dishes in the sink that need to be washed ;o) I've been stamping in any spare minute I can find and it feels great. The coming of spring and summer always invigorates me no matter how tired I get. All the miracles of plant life, all kinds of birds singing in the early morning, and the sun rising... I just wanna yell praise the Lord! when I'm outside sometimes! I'm sure my neighbors will thank me not to do that at 6am >;o)

Okay, this stamp is from the I Brake For Stamps half sheet of rubber #IBFS-RB026 and I have been admiring it for the longest time. I'm not sure if they are supposed to be red or green irl but they were going to be red no matter what!!! LOL The pattern is the same blanket background stamp as in the teepee post yesterday.

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Card measures 3 1/2" x 6 1/4"

I started by stamping the peppers on a kraft cs with black Staz-On ink, and coloring it in with numerous colored pencils. I covered over the red area with Judi-kins Diamond Glaze for that shiny wax look. I used a chalky white pastel pencil to color an aura around them, but then decided it looked too plain with so much kraft area left. Which led me to do the Technique Junkies Milkpaint technique for that cool white washed board look. (If you click on the TJ link it will take you to the main page where you can click on the free Milkpaint tutorial link on the right-hand side and you can see the whole tutorial - it's a free online sample that Pat provides so you can see what the cds consist of, and should you get a subscription the online part will be in two pages for each technique - one with the step-by-step instructions and photos, and one with sample artwork which yours truly gets to humbly contribute to :o). Generally I would do this bkgd technique before the main image but it worked out fine. For another sample card with this technique click here.


When I do Milkpaint, I like to use the Colorbox white pad because it is very wet and streaks well. For the pen, I find the Micron #2 fine point black pen works great (invest in the multi-size pack at Joann's, Michael's, etc. - you can use them to fill in holidays when you stamp in black, and all sorts of other applications. They last forever if you treat them well and I couldn't work without them.)

Both the corner punch and border punch are by Marvy Uchida. I mounted a scrap of kraft behind the black scrap that I used the border punch on. For the background I used my stamp positioner to stamp the blanket pattern twice using Distress Fired Brick. I used a sponge and some Versafine black ink to finish the edges of both panels as shown.

Thanks for stopping by!


Manna said...

Another beautiful card, Nancy! Love the red peppers and the backgroun is great! Look so good to eat!

Ret said...

Nancy, what a knack you have. This is gorgeous!! they look so real! I love the milkiness around them as well. Beautiful background. tfs!