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Palm tree Retirement

>> Friday, June 12, 2009

Posted by Jennifer

As with most stampers when we receive a mailbox full of new rubber we go crazy & begin to stamp with them almost immediately after ripping open the packages. But, just like the ones stashed away on our shelves the newness wears off and they get pushed aside and forgotten about. Have you really ever looked at the stamps you already own to find new ways of creating with them? That's what I did for today's post with one of the older DRS Designs stamps.

For this card, I created my own background papers but, I used the main image on my card to create it. I didn't have to buy a separate background stamp to make it. Look closely at the main image on this card compared to the 2 different backgrounds on it. See any similarities? Do I have you wondering yet?

Honestly, this was a pretty simple card to make, all it really took was a little time and use of the masking technique. I created my focal image first and stamped half the Brush Flamingo image by using the Tips and Tricks technique mentioned in Sue's post on the DRS Designs Blog. Then, I stamped the "Underpaid Retirement Greeting" next to it.

I made the backgrounds by stamping the image on post it notes & cutting a palm tree & the flamingo out. Then I used a sponge dauber to sponge around each one repeatedly in different inks on white cardstock. Easy peasy, that's it! I thought the flamingos looked funny without legs, so I just used a black Gel Pen and a ruler to drawn them in just as they are in the image.

The main image was colored with Prismacolor Pencils and blended with Gamsol.

Stamps: DRS Designs- Brush Flamingo (L1054) Underpaid Retirement Greeting (G910)-to be released 6/13/09
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink Olive Pastel, SU! Ballet Blue, Cameo Coral
Paper: Smooth white cardstock by Georgia Pacific Colored Cardstock by American Crafts
Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Black Gelly Roll Pen, Ribbon-Michael's Special Value, Brads by making Memories, Spiral Clip by The Paper Studio, Sponge Daubers, Post-It Notes

Were you able to participate in the DRS Designs Blog Hop yesterday? Somewhere along the way of every great hop are some fabulous prizes, and you don't want to miss the goodies DRS Designs is giving away with this one. You can find the start of the hop here at Vicki's Blog. You have until 7am Eastern time on Saturday morning to sign up for the prize drawing.

Want another chance to win goodies? DRS Designs is also sponsoring the Quote challenge on the Cute Card Thursday Blog this week. Make sure to check them out as well to play along. I know I will! :-)

Thanks for visiting today, and have a great weekend!



Lyneen said...

thanks for the hop.... what great stamps you have featured in your new release!!!! TFS

Cathy Indelicato said...

Very cool card - tfs

Jessica G. said...

What a fun way to create a background and to make your stamps even more versatile! Great combination of sentiment and image for the retirement theme, too.

Deb said...

Love those backgrounds! Thanks for the nudge to look at that stash of stamps from a new perspective!

Anonymous said...

Lovely creation Jen!! Beautiful coloring on your image! perfect image with this sentiment too! :)

Samantha said...

This is an awesome card! Lost mojo? I don't think so!!

Sue said...

What an AWESOME card!!! I love both the colors and the backgrounds!

-Agnes- said...

I did already comment on this card on your own blog but I forgot to say well done for giving the flamingo legs :)

Ryann said...

Love the backgrounds you've created! What a wonderful idea - thank you for sharing!

Sue said...

I just had to comment again - a reverse background - GENIUS!!!

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