Even though I have essentially decreased my card making time, there’s one challenge that I don’t want to miss – CASometry Challenge from Anna (Umichka). I’ve already submitted two cards (here and here) and I absolutely didn’t want to discontinue. And its an awesome challenge too – Make 5 – making 5 CAS cards using the same stamp set.
The stamp set I chose is WPlus9 Happy Mail. Its time for round 3 from the CASometry: Make 5 challenge, and here’s my submission for this time –
Since the challenge called for using one stamp set for all cards, I thought to try and use all of the images in the stamp set (except the sentiments – I usually end up using those in some card or other.. :P) For the last two takes, I had already used most of the critters in the stamp set, except for the birds. And that was the main focus time time!
I paired Penny Black Birdie Bungalows stamp with the tiny birds. The technique is kind of an inverse of what I did last time – this time, I colored most of the elements, and left just one element uncolored – two in my case – the bird houses and the flowers.
Coming back to the card – I stamped all the images and the sentiment using Memento Tuxedo Black and colored everything using my Faber Castell oil pastels, using baby oil to smudge the colors and blend them. I love the effect – I feel like they are cherry blossoms, even though I haven’t colored the flowers at all! 😉
Once I had done the coloring, I drew the line on which the birds are standing using Copic 0.3 Multi-liner and also reimposed some of the stamped images, which were obscured due to the coloring. I then die cut the panel using My Favorite Things Pinking Edge Rectangles and foam mounted it on the card base.
On a side note, I guess many of us have a practice of testing our ideas on scraps before making the actual card? I made one just to test my idea for this card, and couldn’t help feeling that the scrap was looking better than the actual version!! (By the way, I don’t always try the entire design – I just did this time since I wanted to check the coloring using the oil pastels). To tell the truth, even after making the entire design, I trashed two cards before and changed it from a vertically aligned to a horizontally aligned card.. 😀
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