Thankfully I have the Friday Mashup to help divert my thoughts and this week Amanda is our hostess. She has 2 techniques for us to try out: color blocking and clear block stamping. I had never done either of these before so after checking out the tutorials over at Splitcoast HERE I got going on my card.
I used the Magnificent Maple stamp from the holiday catalog. I just love maple trees and contrary to what people think maple trees can survive in Alaska, although they aren't terribly common. Growing up in New England I always loved the vibrant fall colors of the maple trees!
I kept the design very simple and combined the two techniques, layering the colors right over the top of each other. I spritzed the Crushed Curry and Early Espresso with water but thought it was a bit much so when I did the Tangerine Tango I just put the ink on the clear block and didn't spritz it. I popped the leaves up with dimensionls and sponged their edges with Early Espresso.
I'm not one to gush over my own cards but I have to say I really love how this one came out!
I hope you'll visit us at The Friday Mashup blog to see the great projects from the rest of the design team, and then play along with us!
- Create a project using "Clear Block Stamping (use your clear block as a stamp)."
- Create a project using "Color-blocking."
- Or Mash it Up and create a project using "Clear Block Stamping & Color-blocking."
Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Magnificant Maple, sentiment from Truly Grateful
Paper: Early Espresso, Naturals White
Ink: Early Espresso, Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango
Accessories: Clear Block 'C' size, Round Corner Punch, sponge, dimensionals