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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Exciting news...

...for you if you love the Rare Image Rubber Stamps GARDEN sheet! Check out the Stamp Something blog March 13 and on for the fun!! :o)
Here's a shadowbox card I just finished up featuring both the RIRS GARDEN and PETS sheets images. I've been so inspired by Pat Moore's art on the RIRS site that I wanted to start stamping some scenic artwork again. The shadowboxes can be a little putzy and you have to concentrate when you're measuring and cutting LOL but when they are finished I really get a kick out of having these little dioramas sitting around on my desk for a bit. I have a few more I finished last year and had thought they were on my blog but I couldn't find them anywhere. I'll post the three of them here in the next few days...


Card measures 3 1/2" square and 1" deep





STAMPS: cat, birdbath and tree - Rare Image Rubber Stamps, path - V.I.P., cottage - PSX, mountain scene - Comotion, large grass - All Night Media, small grass - Stampin' Up!
INKS: Adirondack Willow, Lettuce, Pesto, Sandal, Latte, Stampin' Up! Bashful Blue
SUPPLIES: stamp positioner, ruler, pencil, eraser, stipple brushes, colored pencils, Flower Soft, Exacto knife, Micron 02 black finepoint marker
NOTES: see below




I generally start scenic work by drawing the approximate size of the finished piece on paper, and then stamping the images I'm planning to use so I can see how it fits together.



After I measure the cardstock for the total piece and mark where score lines go, I draw my opening and trim around it with an Exacto knife.



At this point I usually stamp the scene on the inside panel and if I screw it up (like this time LOL) I just stamp it on a matching piece of cardstock trimmed to fit. I like to continue part of the scene onto the inside side panels so the card looks good from an angle (and I do the outside side panels a bit too, if I'm not too lazy ;o)
For any areas that don't match up perfectly, or there is blank space, I use the finepoint black marker to add what's needed. A good example is the continuing line of the path on the frame area - once the card was folded together I drew in some grasses to continue the path stamped on the inside so it would look like it was coming into the forefront. This is where I also added the Flower Soft to start on the frame and draw the eye into the scene.

To apply color, I used the lightest colors and applied them with Airebrush stipple brushes, then filled in darker using the same and colored pencils. I kept a mask over the cat the whole time to retain the crisp white.











Hope you enjoyed - now go check out Stamp Something!

14 comments:

Evelyn S. said...

Oh my! It's wonderful, Nancy! Not something I would tackle, but I certainly admire people who do. ;-)

Stampin_melissa said...

Gorgeous! I don't think I'm up to something this detailed, you've done a great job with it!

Shar said...

Wow! I love your shadow box! It's incredible. Great tutorial too!

Manna said...

This is out of this world, Nancy dear! Beautiful and very creative!

Hetty said...

OMG this is just too cute!! Well done Nancy, I give you applause!!

Juli said...

Absolutely LOVE this one! I want to see it in person next week!!!

Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

This is amazing. Love, love, love it!

SherylH said...

What a great card, so much detail.

leenda said...

WOW Nancy! This is brilliant! Love it, love it!!

Mary W said...

Wonderful project Nancy, your colouring and collage arrangement is absolutely perfect. :)

Kimm said...

That is so totally cool! I love scene stamping.. the 3D effect... wow!
Kimm

Beth said...

Oh Nancy this is gorgeous and thanks so much for the tutorial but like some of the rest not sure I am ready for it either but you definitely do a lovely job with this type of card.
Congrats for being sponsored on Stamp Something.

Julia Aston said...

I just love this wonderful shadow box! what super stamps and terrific coloring on it!! I love these stamps too!!

Anonymous said...

I seem to remember something about a "lesson from Nancy" on this project. Absolutely beautiful. I'm going to tackle one.
from the "SOLO Stamper" :{