Happy Monday from a very cold Minnesota. It was -7 here this morning. Brrrrr :-).
I did manage to get into my craft room and make a couple of cards yesterday. I went looking for some inspiration and found two challenges - this amazing sketch across at Less Is More and the theme of Pastels at Just Us Girls.
Now... the sketch really did make me stretch my creative muscles. I had absolutely no idea what to do with it. I just knew that I wanted to do SOMETHING with it :-). And you know that Pastels stretch me at the best of times :-). So, what have you heard me so a trillion times (almost!). that's why I do challenges... to challenge myself :-)
I took out my new stamp catalog sheets and thumbed through them. Et voila! I came across the Fun Stamper's Journey Express Yourself set and knew exactly what I was going to do.
I normally share the closeup with you first - but I really need to show you the card, otherwise nothing will really make sense! I used 4 stamps from the set on the card. I used two paint brushes at the bottom, a paint tube at the top - and one of the sentiments. I colored them with new goodies. More about that later!
Here's my card:
I hope you can see the sketch in the arrangement of the stamps!
I added some gel pen to the brushes and the tube, to give a wet/metallic feel. Here's a closeup:
Of course, I had to decorate the inside. I used another one of the stamps and colored that and then added "blobs" of blue and pink paint to match the outside brushes/tube:
Of course, the envelope had to get a little something :-)
I had such fun with the sketch. So much so, that I made a totally different card using the same sketch. I'll share that later in the week.
About those new goodies..... oh.... I am in LOVE. I love coloring with pencil. Love it. My favorite pencils are Prismacolors. However, they drive me MAD. They are always breaking. They never stay sharp and I can't get a really good sharp point. When I sharpen them the lead falls out on so many of them. Grrrr. I do love them still, but the quality really gets to me - especially with the price. I like the Polychromos... but I don't seem to get the same results. It's obviously something with the way that I color. then... I heard about Caran D'Ache Luminance. I decided to treat myself to a late Christmas present and got to test drive them yesterday. They are expensive... but I totally love them. I used them on two cards that you will see this week. This is the first. I really love the way they go onto the paper and how they blend. I also love how I could layer the color even though the paper I was coloring on had "no-tooth". So, I can see more pencil coloring in my future :-)
I'll be back tomorrow with another card. In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.
- Card stock: Neenah Solar White 110#
- Stamps: Fun Stamper's Journey - Express Yourself
- Ink: Gina K Amalgam Black
- Pencils: Caran D'Ache Luminance