October 2, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

The stamp of the month at Ellen's store this month is this pretty Indian Corn stamp. You get a jump start on your fall cards also by purchasing an entire kit to make the fun card Ellen has on her blog. My sample uses the Indian Corn stamp but I've chosen other supplies to show you how versatile this stamp can be. The card base paper is Vanilla Bean by Memory Box, other cardstock is More Mustard by SU! I stamped the SU! French Script background on the More Mustard cardstock in More Mustard ink. Polka dot patterned paper is by Basic Grey. Happy Thanksgiving sentiment is from Stampin' Up! also. The three little decorative pearls are Mocha color.

Now for the main image, I stamped it on Papertrey white cardstock then colored in with Copic markers. I love how I was able to color the teeny tiny individual corn kernels by using the sharp tip of the Sketch markers. I have my markers a ton and all of the tips are still very pointy..I love the great quality of Copics!! My image seemed pretty stark on the white cardstock so I used a trick I learned from Debbie Olson. I cut and embossed my image with a Spellbinder's rectangle die template. Then I left the metal die template on the image, turned it image side up and used my Copic Air Brush System to add some shading to the image. The cardstock stays snug in the die template so you can get a real crisp outline when airbrushing. I used a YR24 Pale Sepia marker and made sure to shadow the outside edges the most, leaving the area around the Indian Corn mostly white. I love the professional touch that this adds to stamped images. If you get an airbrush system, I highly suggest practicing with it lots and lots on scrap paper. Hold the airbrush tool different distances away from your image you want to airbrush and test the effects. For a fine, light mist hold the airbrush further away. For darker coverage, spray the airbrush closer in. Tip of the day: Have you ever thought about sending Thanksgiving cards to a few people instead of Christmas cards? I always thought it would be fun to select a few people on my Christmas list and send them Thanksgiving cards that have a list of the things I'm thankful for printed inside. You could also wish them a joyous holiday season. Dunno if I'll ever do it, but it's a thought....could save some time at the holiday hustle and bustle season.

Supplies from Ellen's store: Indian Corn stamp and Stamp of the Month card kit, Decorative Pearls, Copic Markers, Copic Air Brush System, Memory Box notecards, Spellbinder's Die Templates

Design Team News: Be sure to check out the home page of the Spellbinder's site to get all the details for the 2008 design team contest.

10 comments:

Alexandra said...

Love this card - that corn stamp is awesome! I think it is a fabulous idea to send some of these to our close friends - we should be sharing what we are thankful for!! Thanks for sharing - another awesome card! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

Heather said...

Mish - this card is GREAT! I love the tip about using the airbrush system and keeping the die on the cardstock - what a FANTASTIC, CRISP look you got! LOVE the touch of color on that patterned paper!

Flossie's Follies said...

Beautiful card, the image is fantastic and your color awesome as always.

dd2njoy said...

It's a wonderful idea to send Thanksgiving cards!! Wow...what a beautiful card! TFS!!

Kim Hupke said...

Your work is amazing, I continue to come here and say, I want to do that! Thanks for sharing your art and all your great tips!

Carrie said...

I was wondering how you make your blogger template. I would love to make a custom header for mine.
Great card too!
Thanks,

Jenn in GA said...

i wish we could hold on to autumn longer, because i LOVE the idea you shared about sending thanksgiving cards instead of Christmas cards. that has been something i've wanted to do for a long time, specifically to thank those people in my life for all they mean to me. thanks for sharing a beautiful card...

Rose Ann said...

Your Fall card is so beautiful!!

HB said...

Mish, this card is DELISH!!! Totally perfect, as always!!

janel said...

This is so gorgeous. Can I just come watch you create? Oh.....so beautiful! Thanks for starting out my day with something to help me reflect on how lucky I am. Beautiful!!!

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