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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Layered Collage Shells

Before I get to the stamping, I just have to say - how awesome are those Olympic athletes?!! I'm not generally a sports fan, or an athlete myself, but I realize how hard they would have had to have worked day in and day out to be where they are right now. I watched the Women's Marathon last night (never planned to do that in my life!) but the scenery of the city was beautiful and I actually cried when the winner circled the track to win. And Michael Phelps - so incredibly happy for him to have reached a seemingly unreachable place, and that his team mates got to contribute!

Okay, on to the card I made...

It took me till almost now to grow attached to the Stampin' Up! 2008 In-Colors LOL but they've finally grown on me!

This card features a technique I came up with and submitted to Pat and it's in the current Technique Junkie newsletter (bowing humbly here LOL ;o). It's called Layered Collage and you really only need 4-5 stamps and 3 ink colors. It's very simple, and gives a complicated collage look for those who feel challenged but want to expand their style.

Click photo for more detail.

This card is quite large at 6" x 6 3/4" because the collage stamp I started with was already a big one.

I started with a Soft Sky cs, and used River Rock to stamp the Background Text - Medium (A Stamp in the Hand). I overstamped the Parisian Shell (Stampington & Company, generously given to me by my stampin' friend Cheri :o) using Groovy Guava. I stamped the shell (an ancient PSX stamp) and starfish (an even more ancient Comotion stamp!) as shown using Blue Bayou. I wanted the shell skeleton to have some added interest so I used my Signo white gel pen to highlight and my rubber-tipped Colour Shaper to shadow with the blue ink. I roughed up the edges with a Tim Holtz distressing tool and layered it to a Blue Bayou cs panel.

I stamped the quote (and by Nature I'm sure he meant God ;o) by Northwoods Rubber Stamps on a River Rock panel in BB ink. I got out my stamp positioner (which I would definitely take with me to a deserted island, were I able to stamp LOL) and stamped the shell and starfish on the bkgd panel as shown. I layered this panel to a True Thyme cs and set aside.

Well, you know how I hate to break down and use designer paper for anything LOL so for the main background, I used a piece of SU's Whisper White cs and ran my GG pad over the whole thing. I marked it up further with some RR ink straight from the pad, and then used a sponge to edge the whole thing lightly with TT.

Enjoy your Sunday - may it be restful :o)


Anonymous said...

I was certain that you cut out that shell! It is so three-dimensional! Absolutely lovely card...and I learned that I could use a script as a background 'texture' image. I have that stamp, too. Beautiful....but they always are!


Cheryl said...

Love the card Nancy! I will miss these colors also, just like the year before but look at the glorious new ones we have to play with now.

Manna said...

Love this one too! The colours are very pretty!