Wednesday, September 3, 2008

To Post or Not to Post

It's late. I'm tired. I got home from bowling around 8 and then got tied up (not literally, I might add) watching a speech. I snuck over to my corner a couple of times and managed to produce a simple card. I've been seeing quite a few cards made with leaf stamps using a variety of techniques, including a technique called Joseph's Coat where you use a brayer to ink up glossy cardstock with ink from a Kaleidacolor pad, stamp your leaves with VersaMark, emboss with clear powder, and then brayer the whole thing with black ink so the colored leaves show through. I've never done the technique - still haven't! My bright idea was to stamp the veins of my leaves on patterned paper and then the leaves with VersaMark and emboss with clear powder. Because I knew black ink wouldn't be complimentary to the other colors, I used a round sponge to cover the background with Chocolate ink. The results are hmmm . . . interesting. You can see the embossed leaves, but the pattern of the background paper shows through, too. It took on kind of a greenish hue. While I'll need to see it in the light of day, it looks kind of pretty and like I said, interesting. The rest of the design is simple. Barn Red cardstock scored in a grid pattern with the Scor-Pal. A little chalk on the "key" words of the sentiment dressed it up a bit. I kind of like it.

Materials & Tools: Colonial White, Naturals (retired), Barn Red, and Chocolate cardstock; Harvest paper packet (retired); Chocolate and VersaMark ink pads; Nature's Vein stamp set; Impression Obsession Autumn Quote rubber stamp; Chocolate mini brads; Autumn chalks; Scor-Pal.

Bowling was a great time. Like I told you in an earlier post, I'm bowling with some much younger co-workers with whom I haven't socialized a great deal. Toward the end of the second game, one said to me with a rather astonished look on her face, "You're crazy!" Yea, I like to have fun and can get pretty darned silly. As for the bowling, my score won't be mentioned on the radio or anything in the morning, but that's OK. There's nothing worse than starting out the year with a big average that you struggle to maintain. I'd rather spend the season having fun and improving (hopefully). On that note, I'd best put my "crazy" butt in bed, so I'm ready for the serious world tomorrow. I hope you're having a great week. I'll catch you tomorrow night!


Maricar said...

Funny how people think as we get older we can't be silly or fun ...

I have some cousins who are at least 12 years younger than Chris and I. We visited them in December, sans kids. They were amazed at how "fun" we could be ...

I told them they would be old (umm, which to them is 35) one day too.

Jeanne said...

Oh I'm happy to hear you had such a good time at bowling. You show those young "whippersnappers" how to have a good time! LOL

I think I watched the same speech you did and was impressed. She seems like a neat lady if nothing else. One who would be fun to know.

I'm glad you posted this card. What you did is intriguing. From what I can see the technique looks cool on the patterned paper. TFS!!

Sylvia said...

The card is neat and I like the sentiment and how you chalked the words. I am going to have to get that stamp.

We watched the speech and were quie impressed also. Did you see Sarah's youngest daughter holding the baby and licking her hand and "combing" his hair. I thought that was cute.

Erica said...

the card looks me it looks like the old fall ctmh paper with leaves on background...but i don't think i see a great image of your card really..maybe a reflection. i like the colored words!

we went bowling a few weeks drunk so it was fun!