My nephew and his bride were married in upstate New York in late September, and their reception was held in a picnic pavilion near a lake. This card was inspired by that unique venue. It's been a while since I did any rubber stamping, but a stamp set I picked up a year ago was perfect for the theme.
Designed by Kittie Caraccido, "Kittie Kits - Cause a Scene" are manufactured and sold by Rubbernecker Stamps (www.rubbernecker.com). This kit was Scene 9, and contains 43 stamps.
Some of them are what I call a "micro-stamp," a single image that is very tiny, like one falling leaf or an ear of corn. The kits are designed for scenic stamping -- creating a 'picture' using the various bits and pieces.
www.anotherstampcompany.com). I used the small size for this card. (By the way, most of the stamps I buy now are cling mounted...they store in binders and take up less space in my studio. I have acrylic blocks in a variety of shapes to use with them.) I also found a couple more stamps to incorporate into the scene in my stash.
|The scene was stamped on a half-sheet of 8.5" x 11" cardstock.|
Ultimately I used six different colors for the leaves. The farm stand and pumpkins were colored next. The grass created a challenge, because most of my green markers are pretty vibrant, but I discovered that lime and light olive, together with grass green, looked pretty good.
|Copic markers blend well with each other. You can go over the same place with a different color |
to achieve a realistic look.
|'Before' using Gamsol|
In the first picture, you can see the 'scribble' lines of the three pencils I used.
Using a rolled paper stub, I applied Gamsol to the coloring, rubbing it in a circular motion.
It blends the colors and brightens them somewhat. I was happy with the way the path looked when I was finished.
|'After' using Gamsol.|
The final thing to color was the sky. For some reason, coloring skies always trips me up. It's hard to come up with the right shade of blue, and I debate whether to put in some clouds for good measure. Coloring a sunset a bit easier, but that's not the look I was going for here.
Thankfully, Copic has a color called 'Cool Shadow.' It falls on the blue-green spectrum, but it was just perfect for the sky on this fall scene.
To finish the card, the panel was trimmed to 4.25 x 6.25 inches, mounted on a patterned paper, and then affixed onto a 5 x 7 inch card. I added the sentiment "...and they lived happily ever after...' to the inside of the card (stamp by Another Stamp Company).