I would like to make a wish tonight and that wish is that you will consider reaching out to help make some child's wish come true! Gina K Designs has once again reached out to us here in the stamping world to help make dreams come true. I am so honored and proud to be a part of the team that is trying to spread the word in regards to the stamp set "Make a Wish" that Gina has created just for this purpose. Please hurry on over to Gina's blog to get the full scoop regarding this stamp set with full details on how to purchase it. You will also find some beautiful eye candy that the many talented women and one man (:D) have created. Gina has put together an amazing group of stampers to showcase this stamp set. They will share many inspiring ideas so that once you have the stamps you will have countless ways to use them! Gina, I thank you for inviting me to be a part of this incredible adventure and I will do my best to inspire others to put these awesome stamps to good use and share some creative ideas over the week ahead!
Stamping with this broken foot has proved to be an interesting adventure. It takes me a LONG time to get one simple little thing made. My little personal assistants are beginning to not be so enamoured with the job of retrieving every little thing for mom and then to have to put it back again - well.... LOL! So I will keep at it being that I am driven to help see children's dreams and wishes come to reality through this project. I am also going to inquire to see if there is a way for us to contribute to the Make a Wish Foundation in conjunction with Gina's project.
The card I am going to share tonight is made using the cute little wishing well and it's coordinating saying.
Being that my supplies were rather limited and I tried to use items within my reach this card is rather simple. I began by stamping the wishing well with Adirondack, Pitch Black ink. This ink dries quickly and is awesome with the COPIC markers. I am going to show you the wishing well in progress and try to give a brief explanation of how it is that I color and blend using the COPIC markers.
You will notice that I am only using two markers at this point. E31 (Brick Beige) and E27 (Africano). I begin by quickly stroking from the edges towards the centers using the lightest color. I leave some white spots as I work in the place that I want the finished image to be the lightest. I then do the same with the darker color bringing it in only a slight distance using random length strokes. The right side of the wishing well and the roof are a prime example of what my work looks like at this stage. I then find a plastic surface within reaching distance (in this case it happened to be my acrylic block - LOL!) I scribble down a little of the darkest color and using my light marker I pick it up off the plastic surface and then begin to lightly stroke in different areas - thus bringing the dark and light colors together. Do NOT be afraid to get dark alcohol ink on your light marker. It is easy to just continue to scribble on a piece of scrap paper and momentarily you will have your original color soon coming back out the tip.
You will notice in the finished piece up top that I have left a couple of areas on the roof and the lower portion of the well lighter. This is to try and help the well have shape or depth. By not coloring the same all the way across you can make your shape appear more rounded. I also added a little E09 (Burnt Sienna) at this point, using the same "scribble" on plastic technique. I felt that it just needed a hint of a redder brown to finish it off. This is not the best lesson I could have probably given on the subject, but at least it's a start.
To create the sky I pulled out my Eclipse Tape and the Airbrush. First I stamped and cut out a mask of the wishing well and placed it over the colored image. Yes, I even took my little Retractable Blade Knife and cut out the insides of the wishing well so that the blue sky would appear in that area as well. I quickly cut large odd shaped scallops across the width of the tape to simulate the look of big puffy clouds. Starting at the top I place my mask and began lightly spraying. I would then pick up the stencil and move it not only downwards, but I would adjust it horizontally as well so that the scallops would not line up directly each time. By working the scallops downwards and back and forth you really can create a very cool looking sky in no time flat. I did add a little light pink and a little yellow as I airbrushed just to add some warmth to the sky. Then the Eclipse tape got pulled off and I created some grass. I wish I could have created the grass all over again, but alas by this point the heartbeat in my foot was telling me that I needed to wish myself well and get back into my couch potato, foot up position promptly - LOL. I quickly used the oval nestability to cut and emboss the oval. Grabbed my trusty SU tab punch to create the little tag, added some Caramel twill and Antique Copper brads and assembled. As a finishing touch I hammered down the brads hoping to simulate the REALLY cool look that Tim Holtz showed me at CHA, but alas I do not have his nifty hammer (yes, I will be getting his nifty hammer being that I LOVED the distressed look it created) and voila we have a "Wishing You Well" greeting that is perfect for men as well as women.
If your heart strings have ever been tugged by the sweet children who are in a tough place in life and you have been wanting to reach out to help, please head over to Gina's place (or shop pronto at this link) right now and join us in helping make some wishes and dreams come true!