Monday, October 22, 2012

I Miss You

Hello Friends! I'm going to show you the card I created for the Thursday Challenge at Meljen's Designs. But before I do, I've got some WONDERFUL news to share with you...all of Meljen's Designs are ON SALE until October 31! No coupon code needed...just go there and shop! You know this has me doing the happy dance!

The challenge this week is entitled Missing You. Those words make my heart heavy. I am missing so many people. I decided to work with the Darling Dalmatian image and I kept my card design very simple...right to the point...I Miss You.

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This little guy is printed on my favorite Cryogen White card stock. I paper pieced his scarf with the same paper I used for the background.  I created a mask of the image and using a sponge and a hand drawn template, I created the clouds. I did my sponging while the image was still in the die, so I could keep my border clean and white. Then I sponged in some grassy green to ground the little fella, so he wouldn't be floating in mid-air.

ETA:  I have received many questions about how I make my clouds. So I went thru my archives and found THIS post. Scroll down past all the "blah blah blah" and there is an explanation and photo about the clouds. Just a note: My favorite inks to use for the clouds are by Memento...Summer Sky, Danube Blue, Paris Dusk, London Fog and Angel Pink. I do mix and blend these, depending on the look I desire. For the Darling Dalmatian, I used only Summer Sky. I still use a wedge of sponge and a very light hand while adding the ink to my project. You can see another example of the clouds HERE, where I mixed the blues and added in a little London Fog and a touch of Angel Pink. There are also many videos on YouTube that show techniques for making clouds, but this is what works for me! If you have any more questions, please ask.

materials used ~
digital image: Darling Dalmatian(Meljen's Designs)
stamp set: Say It In Style(Close to my Heart)
card stock: Cryogen White(PaperTemptress)  True Black(Papertrey Ink)  White(Georgia Pacific)
patterned paper: 2008 Bitty Dots Basics(Papertrey Ink)
ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Summer Sky, Bamboo Leaves(Tsukineko)
die: Classic Circle Nestabilities(Spellbinders)
other: Garnet glitter(Martha Stewart Crafts)  Stardust Clear Star glitter pen(Sakura)  Copic markers
Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day...



Unknown said...

Oh Barbara, yet another great card. :D Thank you so much for joining us at Meljen's Designs, we love your company!

Jeanne said...

Oh Barb, this is just so sweet! It's sad when we miss people, but golly, to get this in the mail would certainly put a smile on the recipient's face!

Thanks for the tips on how you did the background. I will definitely have to try this!

Thanks, too, for the heads up on the sale. I subscribed to their blog (in Reader), but I come to your blog before I read theirs. *Ü* Friends first, you know!

Have a

Allie Cat's Creations said...

Love, Love, Love it!! Thanks for joining us this week at MelJen's!! :)

Sheila H said...

Sweet card - the Dalmatian is darling. I remember your post about clouds - great technique!

Cynthia said...

This is precious, Barb!