Wednesday, March 23, 2011

RAK from Lisa

My BSF (Best Stamping Friend), Lisa, sent me an awesome package the other day.  We 'met' on SCS, and have developed a great online friendship.  She is a very talented stamper, and her coloring, shading, and sponging blows me away.  I can only hope to be as good as her one day.  You'll have to check out her blog to see what I mean.

Another thing that blew me away was what she sent me.  Take a look...

When I opened the package, things just kept coming out of the envelope.  I never thought I would get to the bottom of it!  Everything from handmade buttons, to paper, to stamps, to ribbons, and even chocolate!  (She knows me too well!)  And take a look at all the Distress ink she sent me!  Can you believe it?

I have to tell you, my favorite thing in the whole package was the adorable hand drawn original image by Lisa.  It is the scalloped die cut in the front row.  You are looking at the work of a future stamp designer if I do say so myself!

Well, I had to send her a thank you, so I used the stamp set she sent me and tried my hand at the Distress inks.  I have a loooong way to go to get to the level of sponging genius as Lisa, but I'm gonna keep practicing.

I used a Post-it to mask the table, and drew the table edge with a marker.  I used the Tim Holz blending sponges for all my sponging, and they take a little getting used to, but I like how they blend the ink so smoothly.  It's hard to see in the picture, but I used a Spica pen for the stems, and put a little Stickles on the flower centers for a little extra sparkle.

Do you like the faint shadow from the jar?  I was really impressed with how realistic it looked.  Shadows are very hard for me to 'see'.  One of these days I hope to have an eye for them!

Stamps - Everyday Jargon from Clear Dollar Stamps
Paper - Sahara sand, GKD PL white
Ink - Memento tuxedo black, various Distress inks for sponging
Accessories - Copic markers, Spica pen, Stickles, Tim Holz blending sponges, Post-it note, half pearls, dimensionals

Thanks, Lisa!  You are the BSF ever!


1 comment:

Carol said...

Wow! If this is your first attempt at sponging, you'll have no problems in the future! This is a great card! Love the line "border"...adds a lot of dimension to the card.