Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Here comes fall....

OK, I promised to try a fall card in the "mountainscape" technique. I could not wait!! I just had to go to my stamp room and make one--before the mood passed. Didn't it turn out well---and it makes me WANT fall here! (It's been a hot summer for us. ) I used Crushed Curry for the top mountain range, More Mustard for the second range and Dusty Durango for the closest mountain range. I sponged on some Soft Suede in the foreground and wish I had added just a touch to the highest mountain range. And I added Dusty Durango in the valleys to give it that autumn glow. I hope you will try some of these "mountainscapes" yourself. They are so fun and honestly, I couldn't find anywhere to put any words on them because it covers up the wonderful "view". Smiles, Laura


Everyone is making these landscape-vista-type cards right now. I've seen them on several blogs and other demonstrators have shared their samples in some of my groups. I made my first one in 2005 using a Sell-a-bration set. Here is that one. These look just like the mountains we see around our home--we live in the NC mountains. My friend Regina has named these cards "mountainscapes" and I like that name and will use it for mine.

This technique is made by tearing cardstock to resemble mountain shapes. You want to start about 1/3 way down the card and sponge on color BELOW the torn cardstock. Ones tendancy is to put color ABOVE the tear, but that's not right. Some people sponge on the color and some use the rubber brayer to applying it. I could not get my brayer to add color without lines in it and found the sponge worked much better for me (I had more control). Add your highest mountain range, then drop down with a different piece of torn cardstock--so the mountains have different peaks and valleys--and add your second range of mountains. Then drop to the third range, adding your green color, and finish off with a lighter green for the close up "ground" color. I say it's kind of like looking off into the distance and then slowly dropping your eyes to your feet.

For the top card, I started with Bordering Blue, then added Ballet Blue. then Always Artichoke, and finally Celery Green. To add the sun, punch a 3/4" circle in a piece of cardstock. Apply Barely Banana inside that circle until you have it dark enough. Remove the cardstock with the circle and add more yellow around the sun, for that afternoon glow. Finally sponge in some Bashful Blue in the sky and also between the different mountain ranges to look like our "Blue Ridge Mountains" or "Great Smoky Mountains"--like fog in the valleys.

You can stamp whatever grasses/flowers/weeds you'd like in the foreground and you can add some "tree leaves" at the top, as if you are viewing the mountainscape between some trees. I've seen views just like this from the Blue Ridge Parkway!!

I have one more to show--an "evening" mountainscape. I love this one, too. I used the same torn templates, but the colors I used are Almost Amethyst for the sky, Lavender Lace for the highest mountain range, Orchid Opulence for the next range and Rich Razzleberry for the bottom color.
To get the moon, you want to punch a 3/4" circle from a "sticky note" and tack the moon onto the sky, and apply Amethyst around it so the moon stays white.
Well, I hope these have inspired you. They are so fun to make. What's so great is that no two are alike--just as no two mountain ranges are the same. I want to make one with golds, reds and brown--a FALL mountainscape. I'll share it when I get it made. Thanks for patiently waiting for me to return to my blog. I've had a busy month with the grandchildren!! Smiles, Laura

Friday, July 3, 2009

Celebreate July 4th with Uncle Sam...

I've shared this little Uncle Sam I made with several yahoo groups (some other demonstators have even made variations of him) but I haven't shared him on my blog, so I decided to do so for the July 4th weekend. He's made using the Top Note die (several colors of CS) and several punches. I asked around, thinking surely someone else had made one, but none turned up so I had to make one myself! I love how he turned out. I made this fellow, attached him to Blue CS and put him on a little white bag, for a cute July 4th "treat bag". I sent that one to SU! Hope you all have a happy 4th of July! I'm heading to my sisters, so you'll hear from me Thursday! Be safe!! Smiles, Laura