Creating this month's stamp of the month project was so much fun! When I first caught sight of the new Martha Stewart punches I could hardly wait to turn the little word punches in to tab-like accents. (I have tried to remember to list all of the products used at the end of this post under "supplies" and include links when appropriate.) I know that not everyone is going to have this punch and would like to suggest that you use a little word stamp to create a tab to take the place of the punch if you need a replacement.
To begin stamp the Rocking Chair image on Neenah Solar White paper.
As you can see I started with three very different colors for the apples - Y21, R14 and R29. Once I had the images colored without blending, I colored back over the top using R02 to blend the colors by saturating the area with this color. As you can see it did "blur" outside my lines, but I wasn't worried about this because I wanted it to have a rather rustic feel and I knew that I would be coloring over top of many of these areas with other colors.
To create the patterned quilt on the rocking chair I just couldn't help myself - I HAD to paper piece it with the fabulous little designs that Dave has included in his latest Memory Box paper collection, Twilight. This newest release of Memory Box papers is absolutely delicious! I love, love, love the scale and balance of the colors in these new collections.
The tricky part is being able to see your stamped image lines on the dark color. So I used this piece as my base and then cut out the sections to be pieced from the lighter color patterned piece. The Quickie Glue Pen is essential when piecing such tiny pieces! Using the Copic Multiliner .03 I added some stitching back on top of my light colored pieces.
Before attaching the quilt to the my main image I colored the base of the blanket with E79 and added a little black Prismacolor for shadowing. I also colored the seat cushion with YG00. Adding Limepeel and Dark Green with Prismacolor pencils added some texture to the seat cushion, making it more "fabric-like."
To add the last sparkle to the apples I applied Clear Glaze and a little subtle sparkle to the butterfly and trail with the Stardust Glitter Pen. I still turn to this pen on occassion when I want my "glitter" element to not be silver or gold. The Stardust Glitter Pen seems to change with the light and I find that element appealing in some situations.
Finally I "dirtied" up the image just a bit with my ink blending tool and some Tea Dye ink. If you have an airbrush system this is the perfect time to pull it out instead.
To complete the pull-out tab I punched two separate Thanks sentiments, from both Jack O Lantern and Key Lime, shadowing them as I attached them to my white base. This tag is then slipped in behind the chair with only the words peeking out for a little surprise element to your card.
With school just around the corner I felt that this was not only a great fall image, but could easily be used when your child brings their new teacher and "apple." What sweeter way is there to say thank you to those who give so much of themselves to our children?!?
stamp of the month packet (available in limited quantities)
stamps: Rocking Chair (Lockhart)