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Sunday, 4 October 2015

FM228 - You Make My Heart Smile! (Friday Mashup Glamette)

*Yay!  So great to be a "Glamette"!*

I'm in the middle of sorting through all my retired stamp sets.  My mind reels at the number of sets I've accumulated over the four short years during which I've been stamping.  Time to thin the piles.  If I'm honest with myself, no matter how cute, pretty or perfect a stamp set appears, if it's not in the style of cards that I make and has been sitting, unused, for most of its time in my house, I have to put it into the "sell" pile.  For me, with my hoarding instincts, this is a very difficult task.

During my time sorting, I came across a set that I had forgotten about and that really does appeal to me.  Especially since it's perfect for the challenge over at the Friday Mashup! this week.  This is the challenge:

The choices are:
Create a project with a silhouette image
Create a project with a background filled with colour
(sponging, watercolour, etc)
OR Mash them up and use both options

Of course you know I mashed them up.  The newly discovered old stamp set gave me the best idea!  Are you wondering about which stamp set I'm talking?  It's the Asian Artistry which I believe was introduced as a Hostess Set around 2009--well before I began with Stampin' Up!  I believe I picked it up at a garage sale and promptly put it on my shelf and forgot about it.  


Wouldn't most of those images be perfect as a silhouette?  I certainly think so.  My choice was to use the bamboo with the bird perched on it.  Just black out the bird and we have a full silhouette, after all.  For my background, I chose to do some watercolouring.  I used the Watercolor paper and used my circle framelit to create a mask.  I only wanted to watercolour a certain area, after all.  My colour choices for the watercolouring were So Saffron, Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral and Watermelon Wonder inks.

I used Basic Black as the base for my card, followed by a layer of Watermelon Wonder, and then topped those with my layer of Watercolor paper.  The image and the sentiment were both heat embossed using Black embossing powder.  Then I masked and watercoloured my sun.  Finally, the bird was coloured in with my Stampin' Basic Black marker.  


I love the results!  I hope you'll take time to check out the other cards over at the Friday Mashup challenge this week.

I've also entered my card into the "Less is More" challenge because its brilliant colours remind me of a mandarin garnet.

And, finally, I've entered my card into the Addicted to Stamps and More challenge since it is clearly Clean and Simple, which is what their challenge requires.


20 comments:

  1. Lovely card. It makes me want to try it myself. Mmm, I wonder what I have that's suitable...I'm going to have a look.

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    1. Thanks so much. I hope you find something among your stash that helps you create something along this style.

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  2. This came out beautifully, Heidi. Very eye catching!

    Thanks for playing along with us at The Friday Mashup!

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    1. Thank you so much, Lisa. It's always wonderful when the card turns out the way one sees it in one's head.

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    1. Thanks so much, Sid. Haven't "seen" you in a while. :)

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  4. Your card caught my eye right away! What a stunning CAS design! Beautiful center blending and I ove how that black image looks against the coloured circle! Thank you for joining us at ATSM this week!
    Kamila DT

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    1. Thank you, Kamila. Sometimes simple has way more impact than an overworked card.

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  5. A very stylish take on the colour challenge at LIM this week

    Kathyk

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    1. Thanks, Kathy. I enjoyed combining the colour challenge with the CAS.

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  6. ooozing stunning jewel and opulent colours Heidi.
    Gorgeous card design and thanks so much for sharing and taking part.
    Sarah xx
    Less is More

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    1. Thanks so much, Sarah. I loved taking part in the challenge.

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  7. Oh I love this ombre look! So neat and clean! Thank you for joining us at ATSM!
    Olesya DT

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    1. Thanks, Olesya. I enjoyed the challenge.

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  8. Wow, your background color is just so vibrant! I was really surprised to read it was watercoloring. Great job! Awesome silhouette pick too. Thanks for joining the Friday Mashup this week.

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    1. Thanks so much, Heidi. I usually do this type of colouring with sponges but this time I used Watercolor paper and was determined to have a go with that technique.

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  9. What beautiful shading Heidi, the colours are just beautiful!
    Thanks so much
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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    1. Thank you so much, Chrissie. I love playing with silhouettes.

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  10. I love the look of silhouettes against masked colour so this is right up my street, Heidi! Absolutely gorgeous colours and if that's what a mandarin garnet looks like, I think I need one in my life!
    Thanks so much for linking up at Less is More and ATSM, Anita x

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    1. Thanks so much, Neets. Yes, they do look like that and have a more luscious glow.

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