Saturday, March 21, 2009

A Stamper's Manicure

Pink, red, and brown with some glitter and Pearl Ex thrown in for sparkle.....those are the raw materials that gave me the stamping manicure that I am proudly wearing right now! Several hand washings later and my hands are still tinted with lots of ink. But, I will wake up in the morning smiling, because I will know that I found time to play!

While I was procrastinating getting back to the taxes, I kept thinking about a card I wanted to make. So I made a deal with myself that if I put in some time working on those taxes, then I could play with ink and make this card.

Apologies for the quality of this pic!! I am so not happy with it. I'm hoping to get a chance to take another pic tomorrow with better lighting. But, in the meantime, I thought I would post anyways.

Back to the card.... I took a piece of PTI's Summer Sun cardstock, cut it to size, and began inking the whole piece, tiered with three colors (Real Red on the bottom, then Positively Pink, and Pink Passion on the top - all SU! classic inks). I stamped Cornish Heritage Farms Trees Backgrounder (I LOVE their background stamps!!) on top. I took another small piece of the Summer Sun cs and inked in the same way and stamped my sentiment on top. Initially, I loaded the stamp with Versamark and then brown dye ink, stamped it, and burnished Super Russet Pearl Ex on top. I did NOT like it at all! Not wanting to ink another piece of cs, I just went over the letters with a Zig pen. And for the most part, problem solved! I really like the overall effect of this card and am sure I will repeat it!

Cardstock: Summer Sun, Berry Sorbet, Raspberry Fizz - PapertreyInk
Stamps: Trees Backgrounder - Cornish Heritage Farms; sentiment - Love You to Bits
Ink: Real Red, Positively Pink, Pink Passion, Chocolate Chip - SU! classic dye inks
Embellishment: Bling - me & my Big ideas icons


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  2. Karen! Lovely and ambitious card! I'm lovin' it! Way to get your hands dirty: it's your medal of honor! No one should tackle taxes without first getting some "craft-on!" Way to go!

  3. Hee hee! Craft manicure! We all KNOW what you are talking about :) This is such a stunning card! I am totally inspired by the golden light look you created. Way to go girl!

  4. Hi Karen, I love the way you used different ink for the sunset. Beautiful card!!!

  5. what an absolutely beautiful card you made! yes it is worthy of inky fingers!

  6. stamping manicure?? I love it!! I often have to paint my nails to cover up the stamping manicures I get!

  7. Such a beautiful card! Who cares about taxes? :-)

  8. Gorgeous card! The colors remind me of a sunset.

  9. Wow...what a piece of art! This is beautiful~it reminds me of my backyard, which has a lot of trees. I love your I know what to call it when I have it!!!

  10. I often have the same manicure. Alcohol inks really make for interesting nails. Love what you did with this amazing stamp.


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