Michelle Zindorf is so inspiring and wonderfully creative. She is also very talented and sweet to take the time to share all of her creations with step-by-step tutorials of how to create amazing cards with your brayers - a tool a lot of stampers forget I think.
This card is my first attempt at creating a sunset themed card. It turned out okay; there are some things that I would do differently. I chose to use glossy card stock - so not necessary. I chose to emboss my image - again, not necessary since it is just a black image. It also created an area that doesn't see ink without sponging (see the white areas around the image?). When applying the different colors, I came up with a line between the different colors. I cleaned my brayer and went over the whole thing again to blend the colors but I ended up with more Pumpkin Pie along the base than I would have liked. Next time, I think I will blend from the bottom to the top and clean my brayer in between swipes.
Have any of you tried this technique? Post a link in the comments! I'd like to see what others have done and what other tips you may have for this beginner! :o)
I also finished the inside of the card. I matted a piece of So Saffron inside and used the same branch image to stamp a little frame across the base and slightly up the sides, then sponged around the entire edge. I, personally, took this idea from Denise, aka Peanutbee. I realize that many stampers do this, but she was the first to make me take notice because she always posts a pic of the inside of her cards and it's such a wonderful finishing touch! Of course, I forgot to take a pic of it before I wrote in it! Doh!
Thanks for looking! Hope you all have a fantastic day! ~lyss
Stamps: Artfully Asian, Brushstroke Alphabet
Colors: Basic Black, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust