As promised, I am posting blog candy today. August is my assigned month post some cards and give you a chance to win some Impression Obsession goodies. Details of the stamps you can win and how to enter are at the end of the post.
I tend to view August as an in-between month. It is usually hot as heck, but part of me starts to crave fall and stamping Halloween cards. Therefore, I am giving you a chance to win a summer clear set as well as a brand new Halloween cling stamp and saying.
The card above is one we made in my beach watercolor class. All the images come from a clear set called "sunshiny day." To make the card, I took some marble blue paper and added some blue watercolor paint at the bottom of the rectangle. The blue marble gave the appearance of clouds, and the watercolor was meant to look like the ocean. I stamped the palm tree with VersaFine black ink and colored it with various colors of watercolor pencils. I cut out my tree and glued it onto the scene and added a circle I punched from yellow cardstock. I stamped three little boats on the ocean and colored them with additional watercolor pencils. To finish the card, I added a line of Diamond Glaze at the bottom and dipped the scene into real sand. The Diamond Glaze takes a while to dry, but it will hold the sand. You might or might not be able to tell from the shadows, but the rectangle is popped up on the card with pop dots.
The second card is one I made featuring the new candy apples stamp and saying. I scanned this card to pick up the coloring better, but it made the Diamond Glaze on the top of the apples look a bit cloudy. Yes, I am addicted to Diamond Glaze.
To make this card, I stamped the apples onto white cardstock with Memento black ink. I colored them with Copic markers and then added a layer of Diamond Glaze to the top. I always get asked about samples I make with Diamond Glaze on them. It works as a great glue, but it is really cool to use on top of your cards as a hard, think coating. If you use DG (I am now abbreviating), make sure that you NEVER shake it. This will give you bubbles, and you don't want that. The first thing I do is squeeze a little onto some scrap paper to get rid of any bubbles at the top of the bottle. Then, without letting go of the squeezed bottle, I quickly move it over to my paper and continue dispensing the glue onto my card. If you do get any bubbles, pop them with a pin before they set. DG takes forever to dry, so I do it as the final step on a card. Try it if you want something to look like glass or want a hard shellac on your card.
Whew! That was a long post when all you probably want is the free stuff. So, without further ado, to win Sunshiny Day, the cling version of the Candy Apples, and the cling version of the Sweet Halloween saying, just leave me a comment telling me what season you feel like stamping. Are you still making bright summer cards? Creating something for Halloween? Or, are you one of those organized sickos finishing up your Christmas cards? :)
I will draw a winner at random Thursday night and post the winning comment Friday morning. Please check back Friday to see if you won. I won't have any way to contact the winner, so you will have to check back to see if you are the winner. Good luck everyone!