Saturday, January 3, 2009
My first card and first post for 2009! I am happy to be back into the swing of things. I love routine. The challenges have started back up again over at the High Hopes blog! I decided to host the first one of the new year, and the theme I chose is tearing. If you want to join in the challenge, just make a card with tearing somewhere on your project. Simple, eh? I love the effect; esp. when the core of a paper is white or black; you get such a stark contrast that really shows up well. If you join in the challenge, be sure to leave a comment and a link to your creation on the High Hopes blog so that your name can be entered in a draw to win two free stamps from High Hopes Stamps!!
Well, this morning I finished up the last of my drawings for the new release due in early February for High Hopes! I'm excited to share all of those with you, but that will have to wait til Feb! But now that I'm done the drawing, I have some time to make cards again! I wanted to make a winter theme card and so I used a stamp I designed for them awhile ago. It is one of my personal fav's.
I got so inspired after I took a walk through the blog of one of my fav. card artists - Sirpaliinan. If you haven't been to see her creations, you are in for an eye popping treat. I wonder if she is a professional storybook illustrator or something, because each of her cards looks like a page from a book. She has just an amazing handle on how to use color to its fullest advantage. I only wish I could read her blog entries; they are all in Finnish! Anyway, I studied her winter cards for awhile, and then came up with this one today.
I stamped Follow The Stars using Versafine Onyx Black ink on 140 lb. cold press Canson water color paper. To color, I took out my artist quality paints and only used those. I drilled holes with my paper drill from Lee Valley Tools and used waxed cotton cord to sew the layers together in places. I put Twinklets Diamond Dust on the snowflakes for some glitter. That stuff is awesome! It's actually crushed glass and I love how all the pieces are different sizes. I also love how it's clear so whatever is underneath shows through. Anyway, I had a lot of fun making this card. It looks like a scene from my back door these days, except we have trees (and our bears are black, and fast asleep for the winter)!
Thanks for stopping by today! Happy New Year to you!
And this year, I pray you find out how much God really loves you! Cuz He sure does!
Posted by Crissy Armstrong at 1/03/2009 11:34:00 PM