Over on SCS, this weekend is Virtual Stamp Night, or VSN. This is a series of about 18 challenges based around a central theme. It starts on Friday evening, and then again mid-day on Saturday and run till quite late, with one challenge being posted each hour. The rules require you to complete each challenge in a time frame of 45 minutes. If you take longer than that, you disqualify yourself for that challenge. It gets you outside your box and is a totally fun time. If you've never tried it, you should, even if you only participate in one or two of the challenges. All of the rules and challenges can be found at the above link, if you decide to join in. So far, I've done 3 of the 6 challenges already posted. The deadline for uploading is on Sunday, so there's still time to catch up.
On another note, Saturday is also the inspiration challenge, which was posted late last night. When I saw the picture, I knew I had the perfect stamp, so I did up a card right away, but it was late, so I decided to post it here this morning.
I used the flower from the set Touch of Nature and another stamp from Garden Silhouettes. I stamped the flower two times in black stazon on my white panel, and then a couple more times on scraps. I colored all the flowers with ruby red and always artichoke for the stems. I then masked the flowers on the panel and stamped the other flower, which was colored with markers, over them three times. Then I cut out the 2 extra flowers and popped them up over the existing ones. I matted this on a piece of black and added black brads and natural hemp. For the base behind the panel, I used ruby red, basic black, and a layer of brown paper bag, which I cut from a grocery bag. I stamped the sentiment on the paper bag layer. The main image panel is popped up.
After I took the photo and brought it up on my computer, I compared it to the original inspiration and realized that the flower centers should be yellow - aack! Back to the work table... I stamped a couple more flowers, colored the centers with yoyo yellow and cut out just the flower centers with deckle scissors and glued them on. Much better. I reshot the photo and am very pleased with how the card turned out.
stamps: Touch of Nature, Garden Silhouettes (SU)
ink: jet black stazon, ruby red, always artichoke, yoyo yellow
paper: ruby red, basic black, whisper white, brown paper bag
other: 1/16" punch, black brads, natural hemp, mounting tape
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