Sunday, March 16, 2014
Miss You All the Time
I was looking through my stencil collection the other day, and came across this "Aspen Trees" stencil, from The Crafter's Workshop. I've had it for quite a while, and have never used it, so I decided it was finally time to do something with it. I found one of Operation Write Home's "bonus" sketches, which I felt would go perfectly with this stenciled image. I decided to use a stamp from an Operation Write Home stamp set by Hero Arts for the sentiment. So now I had an idea, supplies, and a plan.
I taped the stencil to a piece of white cardstock, and went over it with Distress Inks in Faded Jeans, Broken China, and Tumbled Glass, using my ink blending tool to make kind of on ombre sky. I used Black Soot Distress Ink on a small sponge dauber for the black spots on the tree trunks, going in with a Black Soot Distress marker for the really tiny areas, so the black wouldn't bleed into the blue. Then I cut this panel down to the measurements in the sketch, and set it aside.
I cut another piece of white cardstock, and went over it with Iced Spruce Distress Ink & my ink blending tool, to create a soft grey backdrop for the tree panel. I stamped the "miss you all the time" stamp in black on white cardstock, die cut it with a Spellbinder's Classic Circles die, and went over it with the Iced Spruce ink as well.
I decided to mount these pieces on a black background, both to tie the background in with the black in the trees & sentiment, and for a bit of drama. I adhered the Iced Spruce panel first, then the birch trees. Last, I popped the sentiment up on foam tape in the lower right corner. A rather simple masculine card, but I still think a striking one, which will be going to Operation Write Home to send to troops overseas.
I am entering this in Simon Says Stamp's Monday "D is for Distress" challenge.