Monday, May 7, 2012

New reflections

New week, new card!  I actually made this card last weekend when I crafted at Kay's house.  This is the card for my demonstrator's swap tonight.  The theme this month is Anything Manly.  For the men in my life, the tree is a great symbol.  I have a family with a lot of strong, handsome men, and this card seemed so fitting.  I just bought this stamp set, Lovely as a Tree, last month, and this is my first attempt at making a card with it.  This stamp set has been around for years, and I have long admired the cards I have seen made with it, and had alot of ideas in my file for cards is wanted to case.  I especially liked this card with the reflection technique.  I checked out a couple of blogs, and watched a video showing how to do this technique, and there are several videos to choose from, and I have to admit I like the results.

I had a lot of practice, as I made about 25 cards, but I probably stamped 40.  You see, when I was stamping I had prepared by measuring out the image, reflection, the height and width of the Framelit I was using, and proceeded to stamp 6 of them on each sheet of paper.  When I went to cut them with the Framelits I discovered that I had done my stamping too close together, and I was only able to cut 4 from the 6 I stamped on each page.  I had to go back and stamp some more, and I had already done the chalking on all of them!!  I won't be doing that again!  From now on I will remember the old carpenter's saying "Measure twice, cut once".  
I stamped the background using a wood grain stamp.  I stamped the tree, and then stamped it again on the plastic sheet that comes with a Stamp-ama-jig.  That image was then flipped over on the paper as a reflection of the tree.  Afterwards I used chalks to add a little color to the sky and water.  I had not used chalks in years, and remembered now how much I love using them.  It's a great alternative to watercoloring. 
I hope the other demonstrators like this card, and will share these new techniques at some of their classes.  I have to thank Patricia Thompson for the beautiful card which I cased from here
Hope you like my version, too.  This card will be included in our card buffet on May 20.

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