Our daughter graduated from high school last week and when thinking back over the years I started recalling the many people who have positively impacted her life, contributed to her education and prayed for her through thick and thin. I thought I might get a few photos and slip them inside cards and send them, especially to our friends and family in Australia who love her dearly but rarely get to see her.
I enjoyed making my own collages although it does take a little time and does not always work the way I intend. In order to blend the images together without unattractive overlap it is sometimes necessary to ink only part of the stamp or as I did, ink it all then wipe off some ink with a cloth. It is hard to describe my process, especially as I am not sure that I remember what order I did things; perhaps it’s time for another tutorial?
I’m not sure what to call this style of card but I have been trying to successfully create one for a while. I like the mix of image with text and a little texture. I have seen several superb examples where different textures and images are mixed very cohesively, sometimes with several layers, other times with one.
I started by working on one layer but decided a mat and an extension of the stamping would work best. I stamped the branch first after inking it with regal rose, using marker to add choc chip twigs and branch colour. I find this stamp quite frustrating although I love the design, as I always want it in two colours but it is very hard to ink it successfully with markers. What I ended up doing here was drawing with choc chip marker over a lot of the twigs after I had stamped them.
I don’t own a large text stamp so I stamped a sentiment stamp repeatedly to give the impression of a page of text. I also inked my large canvas background stamp but stamped it off first so I would only get a faint impression. Finally I sponged the parts of the panel and flicked some water droplets around. The panel is popped up ever so slightly.
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Stamps: Berry Branch (Penny Black), Canvas (SU), Ageless Adornment (SU)
Inks: Certainly Celery, Regal Rose, Choc Chip, Pretty in Pink
Cardstock: SU Whisper White, Mellow Moss