Thursday, February 7, 2008

Procrastination.

Oh man, I should be packing right now. This is procrastination at it's finest. But I NEEDED to play in the Crafty Secrets weekly challenge over at Splitcoast! It's not my fault, I got tempted!
I have been itching to ink up the new Crafty Secrets "Sweet Kids" stamp set and play with the sweet images from this set. This set hasn't been released yet, but will be available after CHA in late February. Since I'm sort of challenged when it comes to creating my own landscapes & I don't own a Copic airbrush system, I found an easy cheater way to create backgrounds for your stamps that have sky and ground. Geez, I even put a tutorial together for you guys. I DON'T WANT TO PACK! I HATE PACKING (whine, whine, whine, whine.)! Ok, here's how I did the background. Here's what you need: blue ink, green ink, a distressed background block (mine is Hero Arts, but SU has a sanded background that works too.)

Stamp off your image in a black ink. If I'm watercoloring I use Ranger Archival Black, if I'm "copic-ing", then I use Brilliance Black.

Stamp the image off again on lightweight copy paper or a post-it note. Here I cut the entire landscape image off, and left only the fence posts and the boy.



Lay your copy-paper image over your cardstock image. (This is called a mask.)






Take your background block, and ink ONLY THE bottom part of it up with your green ink.




Take your blue ink and ink up the top part of the rest of the block. Overlap the ink just a bit so that the blue runs into the green.
Stamp it over the top of your image, eye-balling it so that the green is over the ground part of the boy image, and the blue is over the top of him.
EASY! QUICK! CHEAP! SHABBY!
Color in the rest of your image as desired.
Dang. I have to pack now, don't I.

17 comments:

HB said...

GENIUS!!! PURE GENIUS!!!!!

Now...GET PACKING!!!! :)

Bevie Pearl said...

OMG!! i saw that stamp you used for the bkgrd in MN and wondered what you would do with it.......I agree.......Genius idea for sure!!
I would love to have you keep stamping but I think the CHA bus is gonna be at your house soon...and you will need fresh clothes!!LOL!!

Jessica said...

Very cute card! I love your background stamp idea. I need to go dust mine off!

Stampin' D'Amour said...

FABULOUS!! Get that one last card challenge & lesson before heading off to pack....ugh! me too! :0)

-pamela

MWIT said...

Oh this is so neat! I love the shabby look from that technique. You are SO clever!

Tammy said...

Now that's an awesome idea! Makes me wanna run out and buy that stamp!

Kerry J. said...

This is fabulous! Thanks so much for the tutorial - I will definitely use this one! Now go pack! And have fun at CHA!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing! I am storing this technique in the memory bank :)

2 Worlds said...

Great idea

Suzy said...

Hi there!
I am awarding you the Excellent Blogger Award! I love your site! You can pick up the image on today's post on my blog here:
http://blog.papermonkey.org/index/2008/02/blog-of-the-wee.html

hugs
Suzy

Michelle Wooderson said...

Hey, now that's a cool background!!! And what a darling card Zappy! Love the black ribbon and the scallop edge and the tag. I might feel CASE coming on! Mishie

Marlou said...

beautiful work!!! :)

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful idea - and I think even I could do that! Enjoy CHA!

Cindy

Claudia said...

awesome idea.
thanks for sharing!! i defenetly will try that.

Lisa, if you have time... can you go look onto my blog? there is something waiting for you!

claudia
aka claudiafromgermany @ scs

linda said...

Best use of that bkgrd stamp I have EVER seen...

craftyb said...

Hi L, OOOh I love these new stamps from CS - and this is a great wee technique - thanks for sharing! bx

Loretta said...

Oooo...I just discovered your lovely blog. Where can I buy this adorable little stamp? It's soooo cute. I live in Vancouver BC. Can I get my hands on it? Thanks for any info.