I haven't really done much in the way of challenges up until last week, but this week a creativity slump has overtaken me, and participating in the challenges is proving to be really useful.
This week the challenge is to use things associated with the sky. This could have been air balloons, clouds, colours or stars and so on. I chose to use a discreet image of a bird.
What I really like about this stamp is that at first glance it is just a tree, but when you start to look at the branches it is covered in tiny little birds!
Firstly, I stamped the tree three times with versa magic chalk inks ... I chose blue and yellowy orange. The yellow is like the sun, and the blue is the sky, and the tree has birds. Three ways to fulfil the challenge brief!! I used a more orange colour, and re-stamped over the birdie on the floor, I liked this because it made him stand out just a little more.
The PTI sentiment is from the 'Botanical silhouettes' set, and I stamped it with the chalk ink in 'ocean depth' blue, and then heat embossed it with gossamer blue pearlite powder. I love what this product does to a section of text, it is just so beautiful- brilliant for Christmas cards too!
Once all that had dried, I distressed the edges a little using some Aspen Mist blue, which is like a grey blue colour, just to tie the two other colours together.
All in all, they are really simple cards with a simple technique, but I have enjoyed getting an old stamp out (although I cannot remember the brand of it the share with you) and also doing a card that only features stamping. Often I will add ribbon or paper- lots of paper!! But it has been refreshing to just consider stamping for a while.
I am off now to have a sneak peek at all the other entries .... It really is a great way to read more blogs!
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