I can NOT believe it is October already. Where has this year gone?!? I feel like I'm treading water and just barely keeping my head up - LOL! I am thrilled to report that I am beginning to walk a lot better. I have been working with Carrie, who has been such a wonderful help in bringing the pain levels down to a more tolerable level. It is still difficult to get around, but is getting easier each and every week!!!
OK - so this month I just had to change it up. I adore the fall images that Karen has in her collection and I just could not go through the season without putting one in a Stamp of the Month Packet. So I began creating a card using this month's stamp of the month - Indian Corn. I LOVE the colors in Indian Corn and used some that I have hanging as a garland over my pantry door, as the inspiration for my coloring.
Last month's image was colored using Prismacolor Color Pencils - typically this is the medium I have been using for the Stamp of the Month project being that I believe most of you own Prismacolors. Now that many of you have purchased the Copic markers from me I have decided to switch it out and share with you which Copic colors I would use to color in the image. I then used this image on my Thank You notes this month as well as the stamp of the month packet example. Yes that's right - each month I color the Stamp of the Month to use for the Thank You notes so that if you do choose to purchase this stamp or packet you will have a close-up view of the image I have colored.
When coloring using Copic markers I typically lay down my lightest colors first. This image is so incredibly easy to color being that the base color is pretty much all over. Using Y21 and YG00 (on the leaves only) I quickly colored the entire image.
I love how Trudee shows you all the beautiful colors together that she uses in her projects, so I went ahead and did the same type of picture showing which colors I used in my project. By doing this it is easy to find the colors in her posts, so I will try and do the same for you :D Thank you for the awesome idea Trudee!!! (Just as a side note - Trudee just colored this same image a few days ago - so scroll down in her posts for another idea as to how to color in this image and see how Trudee did it Ü)
ETA: You must also check out Mish's blog - she also did a card featuring this month's stamp of the month Ü
Being that I didn't want for the darkest colors to just explode off my project I colored them on to a plastic surface and then using my Y21 picked them up and added them to my project as shown below.
I did touch the tip of the R59 to the berries and only a few of the kernels of corn. The YR21 was also used directly on the husks and corn kernels. All other colors were added using the Y21 as my base marker.
Once I had all the colors in place I used the orange Spica glitter pen to add that shimmer you see. Using an extremely light hand I just lightly twirl the glitter down the left hand side of each cob of corn as well as up some husks and the center of the leaves, finally dotting the berries with the glitter as well. I find that less is more in this case - I always try to achieve a balance from left to right and top to bottom when applying glitter to images.
Next I determined how it is that I would complete this project. As luck would have it I had a fabulous spool of Raffia in stock - it has a total of five colors in it and I couldn't believe how well it went with the image. Pure luck I tell ya! I pulled some Memory Box cardstock (Cantaloupe and Burgundy) and notecards (Jack O Lantern) and was thrilled with the beautiful color scheme that nature had provided. Being that I wanted to keep the elements basic rather than adding a patterned paper to the mix I added yet another stamp - Give Thanks. I loved how this sentiment has the little acorn and leaves swirling off the ends and felt that it made a wonderfully subtle element to the background design.
You will notice that I have used the Nestabilities to add detail to my focal point, but please do not hesitate to change this up to basic layers if you do not own these dies. I know that I will be asked which particular dies I used if I don't post that information here - so hopefully this will help answer that question before it is even asked :D
Other ideas that would be fun to make with this stamp are place cards for your Thanksgiving table (I hope to share that idea with you soon), thank you note cards, or even focal points on napkin rings! Wish me luck on my to do list so that I can get back here in a timely manner to share these creations with you sooner, rather than later.
ETA Again :D - you must check out Debbie's latest tutorial on using the magnetic placement mat to cut and emboss a frame. I must tell you that I LOVE this new accessory! It has helped me keep my dies positioned so much better than in the past!
On a completely different note I thought I'd let you in on a little secret (well maybe it's not so little at this point - LOL!). Cornish Heritage Farms has brought on another new artist - Kim Hughes. Her stamps are just put simply - CUTE! Kim is an absolute delight - I had the good fortune of meeting her at CHA Summer and I am so thrilled to send you on your way to learn more about her and the wonderful team that is working to show you how to use her awesome new stamps. CHF has put together a treasure hunt that is certain to be a load of fun and has some WONDERFUL "treasures" awaiting you along the way. So head on over and tell them that Ellen sent you :D