I wasn't sure it was going to be possible, but I made another card for Anna Kossakovskaya's Casometry Challenge 3. This card is for the Randomizer Stage 2 challenge which is to use the same stamp at least three times on one card.
If you didn't click the link above, you've got to check out the card Anna made on her blog here for this challenge. Anna used the same stamp on her card, but she used it a lot more than three times! Her card is fabulous!!
For my card, I was pleasantly surprised when I randomly chose the Clearly Besotted stamp set Sunshine and Smiles. Clearly Besoted stopped making stamps in the winter of 2016 with plans to come back in 2017. I haven't seen anything from them yet and they're great floral sets are becoming harder and harder to find. This is what the stamp set I used looks like, in case you can't find it for sale online.
I said I was pleasantly surprised, because this would not have been the stamp set I chose on my own for this challenge. Since we're using randomly picked stamp sets (Evernote chose mine), this is the one that came up and it was perfect for this challenge. I think I may keep up the idea of chosing stamp sets randomly sometimes to give the stamps I don't always think of immediately a better chance of being used!
I have never made a card using the masking technique before, but I knew instantly I wanted to make a garden of hollyhocks for my card. I stamped my hollyhock image on a post-it note and cut out the bottom portion of the stamp which would overlap on my card. I wanted the middle floral image to be in the front and center of my card so I stamped it first. Then, I put my post-it note cut out over that image. Using the MISTI, I was able to move my card to the left and then to the right to stamp the same flowers two more times. I removed the post-it mask and my images were ready to color!
I broke out my Copic markers and began coloring. I tried to shade my flowers based on the images I saw when I googled "hollyhocks" as well as my knowledge of shading that I'm trying to put into practice. For instance, flowers and leaves that would be behind other flowers and leaves would have to be darker than the ones further in front because the sunshine wouldn't be able to reach them as much. Since the petals on the flowers would be curved in real life, the part of the curve that would be closest to you would be the lightest because the sunshine would hit that area the first. The edges that are curving back would be farther from the sunshine and would therefore be darker. I still have a lot to learn about shading, but I'm trying to get better at it!
When all of my coloring was complete, I cut out my flowers using the largest die in the My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frame set. I placed the die over the flowers, placing them at the bottome of the rectangle while leaving room at the top for the sentiment. Then, I cut another rectangle and frame with the exact same die from solid white cardstock to make my white scalloped frame around the flowers. Before I attached those pieces to my card base, I stamped the word "Always" as the sentiment on top. I wasn't sure if that font was going to look good with the more whimsical looking flowers, but I was very happy with the results! That was good, because I stamped right on the colored cardstock, so there was no changing my mind if I didn't like it!
I've also been trying to improve my pictures. Short of winning the lottery so I could get a better camera and lighting equipment, some better backgrounds was the best I could come up with at this point. You may see several different milk glass pieces featured in my pictures starting with this one. They belonged to my Grandma who passed away last fall. She and I both loved milk glass, so my Mom has been bringing her collection home to me. I love being able to feature some of them with my cards. My Grandma always liked seeing the cards I made, so it's nice to combine the two forms of art together.
Besides entering my card in Anna's challenge, I am also entering it in this week's Color Throwdown Challenge #440 to use purple, yellow, and green on a card.
While my card might look a little more pink, when I put it on different colors of background paper, you could tell instantly that it was more purple than pink. The purple background paper made the colors shine while the pink just looked wrong!
I am also entering it in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes.
If I don't see you before, hopefully I'll be back next week for the next stage of Anna's challenge!
I used the following products to make this card:
Sunshine and Smiles Stamp Set by Clearly Besotted
Brushed Blooms Stamp Set by Papertrey Ink
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad by Tsukineko
Dark Chocolage Ink Pad by Altenew
Solar White 80 lb. Cardstock by Neenah
Pistachio Pudding Cardstock by Stampin' Up (retired)
Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frames by My Favorite Things