Monday, September 1, 2014

Crafter's Companion September Challenge - Autumn

This month's Crafter's Companion Challenge theme is AutumnI love the colors of fall in the Midwest!  I traveled to Michigan last weekend and saw some beautiful hues along the highway. In my MI fall inspired design, I'm featuring images from Sheena'a A Little Bit Sketchy EZMount Stamp Set - Optimism.

The background is made using a homemade stencil of different size squares. I ran all the squares from Die'sire Essentials Squares through my eBosser onto Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock - all at one time! :) Love that large cutting area.  I can use both the positive and negative pieces.

I used the negative squares, Memento LUXE Ink Pads, and Sponge Daubers to create the background. I sponged just inside each square, leaving the center untouched. I started with Dandelion, then added the other colors one at a time pear tart, morocco love letter. TIP: I use one dauber per color family. At the end, I came back in with pear tart to fill in some of white space and it picked up some of the other colors in the blend. I love these rich inks! 

The main image stamped onto Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock with Memento LUXE Ink Pad tuxedo black, sprinkled with emboss powder and heat set.  I colored with Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils 013, 022, 026, 056, and cut it out using the largest square from Die'sire Essentials Squares.

On the way to creating the main image, I found a 'happy accident' as some people call it. I like to say I found a new technique. :o)  My ink pad needed some inking. I was a bit over zealous in adding ink and put too much.  As I was stamping off, I found I really like the images that were 'over inked.' I stamped individual images with various amounts of ink onto several pieces of cardstock and on a piece of copy paper. I'll save that and add color, maybe even use it on my Gelli Plate...oh, my background idea wheels are turning!!

The sentiment is from the set, stamped with an India ink pad.

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Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

1 comment:

Verna Angerhofer said...

So very pretty and I love the background you created.