Sunday, March 9, 2008

Cosmic stampin'

Today I am actually having a 'day of rest.' I am usually really busy with church and family on Sundays, but today I am home sick. Not deathly, but enough to really not have the energy to get everyone ready for church. Including myself. For once, my oldest son went. I was shocked when he asked for a ride! yay for him! The rest of the kids have been playing nice all day. (i.e. getting out every toy they own, building forts, taking food throughout the entire house and sliding down the stairs) I'm sure I'll pay for this tomorrow and the following week, but I'm letting them have free reigh today. I have actually been playing in my stamp room uninterrupted so, how can I complain?!
Today I played with a technique called Reinker Splash. It is an easier, less messy version of Polished stone. If you would like the instructions, visit Pat Huntoon's site HERE. She has a great step by step tutorial and tons of great samples. Be sure to let her know I sent you!
For my colors I used ballet blue, eggplant, and silver encore inks. The papers are basic black and shimmery white. I stamped my little rocket ship from Stampin' Up!'s Pun Fun set with craft black ink and embossed him with clear embossing powder. I colored him in with my markers in the same colors. I wanted him to stand out a bit from the background so when the ink was all dry I put him upside down on my Versamark pad and inked him up good. Then I dumped clear embossing powder over him and heat embossed him. HINT: If you are going to do this, I would highly recommend that you do it before you cut him out. I did it the hard way and had to chase my flying rocket ship around and trying not to burn my fingers. I blame the illness..... I stuck my little rocket ship on with some dimensionals and added the traily thingies...there is a word for those....with some crystal effects. I used CE because I wanted it to stick quick and not come off. I added some silver brads to the corners to help hold it all together and repeat the silver from the background.
This next background was made at the same time as the other one but tuned out a bit more blue. You'll understand when you see Pat's instructions. I thought it kind of looked like water so I went with it. This little whale is also from Pun Fun. I trimmed my background along the ink lines that resulted when I made it and then layered it over whisper white to mimic waves. The whale is stamped with basic black onto whisper white and colored with ink from the ballet blue classic pad and an aqua painter. I cut him out and stuck him onto a 2" white circle. I layered that onto some ballet blue cardstock and used my pathetic old scallop shears to cut around that. As an after thought, I could have used my scallop punch, might have been too small. I added a bit of blue gingham and a purple rhinestone to the bottom and then called it good. What do you think? Did I achieve the water illusion? I was going to just stick the whale on there without a layer but he got lost.
I think I have 'worked' enough so I'm going to go veg in front of a movie or something. I hope you are all well and happy! Have a great weekend!


Beth said...

I so love this Becky! What an awesome job with this technique! Hope all is well! Yazmin and I are doing the last meeting of our Technique Club this Saturday and I am working on a Stamp Camp for April (I've decided to try to do a quarterly stamp.) Take care!

Michelle Tweedy said...

Fabulous cards!! This technique is so cool-looking. You Rock, Girlfriend.