Thursday, February 21, 2008

AFSS5 - Trees

I've been reading Allison's blog, Stampin' When I Can, for awhile now and decided to try my hand at her challenge this week.

Additionally it's been interesting reading the posts at the Yahoo RangerInkLink group this week. Lots of posts by group members about their favorite Ranger products. Alcohol inks have been getting lots of cheers, so I decided to play with the set that I already had on hand.

I had first used alcohol ink last summer, when I took the class 52-card Pick-Up at BigPictureScrapbooking's online site. I have another image that I've enjoyed using alcohol inks with, but it's not ready to be posted today. But I do have these tree cards.

So, the story on these cards is this: I stamped the main tree image with Brown StazOn ink on glossy cardstock (just the generic stuff you can purchase at Michaels). After the main image was dry, I watercolored the top card with Weathered Wood distress ink (blue sky) and used the Ink Blending Tool from Ranger with Latte alcohol ink for the ground. On the second posted card (which I actually did first) I used the Latte alcohol ink for the ground with the Blending tool, then diluted some of the Latte ink with water in a Mini Mister and sprayed the whole card. Unfortunately I don't have the color adjusting function in PhotoShop Elements quite down and the card background in this picture looks very white. In RL it's actually a light warm brown.

We're having a garage sale this weekend for my agency to raise money for the March of Dimes Walk-a-Thon that's happening here in our district in April. I plan to take some of my cards to the garage sale and see if they'll sell. One way to make a donation, no?

Materials: blue card: white cardstock (Georgia Pacific); blue cardstock (Bazzill); white glossy cardstock (Michaels); tree stamp (Rubber Stampede); background wind swirl (Hero Arts); weathered wood (Ranger distress ink); Latte (Ranger alcohol ink); Versamark; ribbon (Michaels).

Materials: rust card: rust & blue cardstocks (Bazzill); glossy white cardstock (Michaels); tree stamp (Rubber Stampede); ribbon (Michaels); buttons (Dress It Up).

Thanks so much for looking.


Allison said...

Super landscape cards! I love the idea of watercoloring with distress inks...I never do this since I always screw it up! I think the first one is my fav (if I had to pick)...thanks for playing!

Michelle said...

Thanks for checking out my blog!
Your card is great! I'm going to have to try these alcohol inks soon

Deb Neerman said...

Wowsa, this is beautiful!!! I love it!

And you make it look, and sound, so easy. Alcohol inks and I are currently on-the-outs; perhaps, someday, if they're nice to me again, I'll play with 'em some more. You should teach a class, girl!!

Flossie's Follies said...

Two beautiful cards, how lovely.

Corie said...

Both of these are just GORGEOUS