Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Can GM images be Glamorous?

You know, I had to wonder if it's possible for GM images to be glamorous. But it is!  This new set (Crown Jewel from the GM Collection at CHF) will be released on Thursday.

Diamonds... are a Girl's Best Friend

My design idea when I saw this set was to create a "Breakfast at Tiffany's" or Hepburn-esque style project. I used the beloved Tiffany colors (light blue and black).  There's a bit of texture to the main matte of the card - I used the Flourish Impressabilities.

I also added millions of glittering bits to it too...  The AMAZING necklace image was stamped and then carefully painted with Smooch silver paint.  Then, I added varying sizes of rhinestones to give all these stamped gems the real deal!

Not to be forgotten, I stamped the sparkle to dot the "i" in diamonds and add a gem.

I was really pleased with how this finished.  I'm thinking this would be a great "girl's night out" invite... for a night of glam / spa treatments at home.  What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by,
-Crown Jewel (GM Collection) by CHF

-Tuxedo Black Memento ink by Tsukineko

-Baby Blue and Black by Prism
-Simply Smooth White by CHF

-Nestabilities rectangle die and Flourish Impressabilities by Spellbinder
-Water sprayer
-Copics and Airbrush System
-gems by Mark Richards
-Smooch Silver Fox and Moonlight by Clearsnap

Monday, September 28, 2009

New Stamp of the Month at CHF

I think it the most crazy thing is that September is nearly over.  Really?  When did this happen?

I thought I'd share with you a preview of the newest stamp of the month at Cornish Heritage Farms, called The Pines, releasing on October 1st.

Merry Christmas:

Since I didn't get any Christmas cards sent last year, I thought I'd get an early jump on it this year.  I already have a stack of cards, neatly tucked away... all different from each other with their own charm and personality.  And while this image is not initially intended as a holiday image, it just shouted snowy winter day to me.

I inked the stamp with New Sprout Memento ink and added Bamboo Leaves and Cottage Ivy Memento inks around the edges to give a variance of color.  Since my colored Memento inks are in the dewdrop shape, it's really easy to do this.  If you have full size ink colors, you could use a stipple brush and paint the ink onto the image for even coverage.

Tip:  I'm a stamper that prefers to die-cut any shapes (like this Label or sentiment tag by Spellbinder) prior to stamping the image.  I align my image on my acrylic block and test a few times on scrap paper to ensure placement.  I know there are creative ways to hold the die in place to cut out an image neatly, but this is my successful route (and I have a low scrap rate)... so it's up to you what works best!
After I stamped the image, I used my Copic marker to add a bit of sky into the image. I kept it light... and it really reminds me of how the sky looks on a particularly cold day. I added COPIOUS amounts of Polar White Flower Soft. I think I went a little overboard, hmm? But, it really makes the image a holiday image, doesn't it? Yep - I thought so too!

Overall, a simple design. It has lots of texture to it and the merit of the image and sentiment speak for themselves.

Thanks for stopping by,

-The Pines (October SOTM) by CHF
-Vintage Christmas Expressions (MLM) by CHF

-New Sprout, Bamboo Leaves, Cottage Ivy and Tuxedo Black Memento inks by Tsukineko

-Simply Smooth White cardstock by CHF
-Kraft cardstock by Prism

-B00 Copic marker and airbrush system
-Impressabilities (Snowflake) and Nestabilities by Spellbinder
-Sewing machine and thread
-Polar White Flower Soft
-Ribbon by Making Memories