This is a card I made today for a friend who is graduating very soon with his bachelor's degree. He's been working full time, and over the course of many years of taking 2-3 classes a semester (including summer sessions), has finally accomplished this goal. I think it's a magnificent achievement, hence the name for this card.
I've always liked the look of reflection cards, and wanted to try the technique today. I used a multitude of stampscapes stamps and masked off portions to create my landscape around the main buck image/reflection. If you've never tried stampscapes before, prepare to be amazed. I took my first stampscapes class several weeks ago, and was sold within the first few minutes of "creating" my first landscape - they are wonderfully easy to use.
I used chalks and colored pencils to color the main image. I sanded the patterned paper to distress the edges and take the "harshness" out of the pattern. I matted the main image panel and background panel using punches as I went along. I used a computer/printer to create my sentiment. I added the hardware, and finished off with some brown ribbon. I attached it to a 4x9 inch creamy caramel card base which will fit in a business-sized envelope.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I had creating it. I encourage anyone who hasn't done the reflection technique before to try it out - it is incredibly fun!!
Date: Monday, November 5, 2007 GMT Views: 1345
Paper: creamy caramel, close to cocoa, black, white cardstocks, patterned paper (source unknown)
Ink: Memories black
Accessories: transparency (acetate), sandpaper, SU ticket corner punch, EK success photo corner punch, 1/8" circle handheld punch, chalks, colored pencils, hodgepodge hardware pewter brads and frame, brown grograin ribbon, computer/printer to make sentiment
Seeing the whole card is truly magnificent - just like the sentiment on the front of the card. What a beautiful job you did on this. Truly amazing! Your friend will want to frame this! I'm glad you posted a close-up of the deer, though - to see all the great details.
A thing of beauty, strength and grace lies behind that whiskered face.
Registered: July 20, 2007 Location: Fergus, Ontario Posts: 46066
Mon, Nov 05, 2007 @ 4:20 PM
Totally awesome! What a great job on the reflection technique. I'm going to try it as soon as I have some free time. What is this 'stampscapes' all about? Is it a product or a special technique? Or both?
Registered: September 17, 2006 Location: San Marcos, Tx Posts: 3015
Tue, Nov 06, 2007 @ 7:43 AM
I agree with you, reflections technique is so fun. Your creation is absolutely brilliant, beautiful and into my favs! BTW, thanks so much for a very precise recipe for how you created this beauty. It really helps those of us that are not as talented.
------------------------------ Ich bin Klein. Mach mein Herze rein Soll niemand anderen drin wohnen Als Jesus allein. (I am little. Make my heart clean. Don't let anyone else live in it but Jesus alone.)