Thursday, September 6, 2007

Challenges are fun!

I've discovered that blog challenges are such fun! They make you try new stuff, which can distract one from the irritation and agita caused by a procrastinating, know-it-all, snarky, attitudinal, stressed-out teenager. And that, my friends, is a very, very good thing.

Wednesday Stamper's challenge this week is to use handmade or mulberry paper. I happen to have a ton of handmade textured paper in my stash, so this was a great challenge for me!

100% of the paper for both cards are handmade papers that I've had forever and a day.

I stamped on the reverse of white loosely patterned floral textured handmade paper using VersaFine ink. I tried coloring with Prismacolor markers. They ran. I tried using Twinklin' H20s, which sometimes ran and sometimes were okay according to the thickness of the paint. Colored pencils tore the paper and didn't go on smoothly. So, I reverted to my tried and true Chalk pencils to color the main images. I then used a cotton swab to blend the color and smooth out pencil lines. I added background (floor/sky) using a cotton ball and pallette chalk.

Handmade papers are difficult to cut, especially when you layer them, so I'm not totally thrilled with the sharpness of the card edges. Oh well.

All stamped images are from justjohanna. They are: aloha priscilla, hearts branch, sleeper left, sleeper right. The sleepers are from the newest release. Aren't they lovely?

I added Prima's mulberry flowers to continue with the theme and added some jewels/jeweled brads for "bling".

Thanks for visiting today!