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Monday, August 11, 2008

Bandana Dog

Here's another fabulously user-friendly technique from the new Technique Junkies newsletter! It's called Bandana, and the results are striking every time. The feel of the piece changes so much depending on the stamp images and colors used.

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Card measures 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"

I had the background made and waiting around for a good use, and had also been meaning to try making a bandana for this dog in particular (from my Rare Image Rubber Stamps sheet on the sidebar). When I saw last week's SplitCoastStampers layout, it all came together in my mind. PLUS, I had just picked up a pack of this greenish khaki paper at a garage sale and was itching to try it out (very close to Stampin' Up!'s River Rock, with a bit less green).

I stamped the dog on the white panel, masked it with a Post-It, then masked the sky area, and sponged SU's River Rock over the grassy area, darkening shadows, etc. with a colored pencil. I reversed the sky mask to cover the grass, and sponged SU's Soft Sky over all, and then SU's Blue Bayou over the right side.

I laid a piece of see thru paper over the dog, traced a line where I wanted a bandana to go, and laying the paper over a scrap of my Bandana background cardstock, trimmed it and adhered it as shown. I used a little blueish grey marker to shadow his legs, then layered the main panel to black, and then to Blue Bayou.

On the background panel I stamped SU's Scratched bkgd in River Rock, then sponged the edges with same. I cut my triangles from the Bandana bkgd cardstock, layered them onto black and adhered as shown, adding the phrase (Kolette Hall, from Michael's 1$ bin) in black Staz-On, and the brads. I adhered this panel to a black cardfront.

Anytime I need triangles, I measure a square, cut it on the diagonal, and perfect edges every time! To do layering, just add another 1/4" or more to the size of the original square for the next layer's square.
Thanks for stopping by! :o)


NancyY said...

awesome card - the bandanna is perfect for this one!

Thanks for all the detailed directions too, they are very helpful!

christina d said...

I love both cards. The bandana around the dog's neck is a great addition. Isn't TJ great!

leenda said...

Fabulous artwork! Maybe you have a tip(s) on how to sponge your sky so evenly.

Anonymous said...

What a great idea! And the card turned out usual!


Manna said...

This is awesome, Nancy! Love the dog image :)