You will notice I left the ribbon/bow off from my card. Two reasons: I consider it embellishment and therefore, not the "bones" of the design. Also nothing makes a card look sadder after it has been through USPS's regular mail than a smashed and bedraggled bow....I leave them off cards that I send at std postage.
This Hero image lays down the bg...not the detail of the image. I wanted it REALLY dark so I stamped with black acrylic paint...... then colored the image that was left with watercolors, giving the roses their petaled look. I also cut the oval(#4 panel) out of panel #2 rather than adding another piece of CS.
Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 GMT Views: 1365
Registered: May 23, 2009 Location: sunny california Posts: 8905
Wed, Mar 18, 2015 @ 5:55 AM
What a striking card, Sallie. So cleaver to use black acrylic to get that really dark bg... I never use those types of stamps because I can never get the ink to cover the bg. You did a wonderful job painting the roses and I like the cut out oval. Just beautiful.
Registered: December 15, 2011 Location: Abilene TX Posts: 11319
Wed, Mar 18, 2015 @ 6:18 AM
Stunning! And I love the black acrylic paint - it's almost impossible for me to achieve a beautiful black background on my reverse stamps, so thanks for sharing that little tidbit. The roses look so amazing - so gorgeous against the background!
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Registered: January 20, 2010 Location: Brampton, Ontario Posts: 18792
Wed, Mar 18, 2015 @ 6:57 AM
Beautiful Sallie! Your stamped panel looks like a piece of fabric my mom may have used eons ago. I really like the way you adapted the sketch to reduce the card's profile. I mail most of my cards and am always concerned about the more fragile ones making it unscathed.
Registered: July 20, 2007 Location: Fergus, Ontario, Canada Posts: 47462
Wed, Mar 18, 2015 @ 6:58 AM
Wow! Those roses are gorgeous! The way you coloured them to show the petals is marvellous. Thanks for the tip on using black acrylic paint to get a really black stamping. Ink just doesn't seem to do it for me either.
Registered: March 31, 2008 Location: Eastlake, OH Posts: 22585
Wed, Mar 18, 2015 @ 7:15 AM
Wow, I have a few negative stamps like this but would never have thought to use it this way! Brilliant idea to stamp in paint, another unique idea! Love those roses and the gorgeous shading. Your layout is wonderful, Sallie and love the way you added your sentiment in the negative space. GORGEOUS!
Registered: May 18, 2004 Location: Southwest Michigan Posts: 28369
Wed, Mar 18, 2015 @ 7:26 AM
I love those Hero Arts stamps that put in the background and allow you to color the image - this one is particularly pretty - so realistic, and your coloring/shading is stunning as always. Love the way you punched out the oval showing the stamped greeting behind.
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