Hello friends! It's Monday, and that means it's time for a new challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! Thanks so much for participating last week if you did. Our challenge this week is "Love is in the Air" and we are showcasing Carabelle Studio this week!
It's also a new month, and that means we have a special guest designer joining us for February: Stacy Hutchinson! Welcome Stacy!!
I was inspired by my Carabelle Studio Les Oiseaux set with the four birds, to make four ATC's.
Time to start building the layers! I began with Simon's Grid stencil and dabbed on the Orchid and Candy Floss pinks.
Next, I used Simon's Medium Dots stencil and the Coral and Smoked Paprika orange paints.
Once my under layers were dry, I mixed the pink, orange and a bit of Buff and stenciled over it.
Adding another layer with Carabelle's texture stamp and some doll pink ink/
I remembered my new texture fades from Simon's awesome February Card Kit, and pulled those out. I inked the folders up with the pigment white ink prior to embossing, and I also swiped the ink over the raised areas after.
I used Tim Holtz's Stamp Platform and mixed up the inks on the stamps to get a variegated effect on most of my images.
Next step, stamp the birds and color them using the Peerless watercolors and a water brush.
Final step before putting them together was to attach them to a back and stitch around the edges.
Detail showing the raised texture. At this point, I think you have to look pretty closely to see all the layers below.
At some point while I was working, I thought about having the birds carry the hearts, like they were delivering them. So I stamped the "air mail" onto some junk paper I had, added the birds and hearts, and embellished with the sequin mix and mirrored hearts.
I love these little birds with their goggles and hats! I hope whoever receives this love likes them too!
Are you ready to play? If you have Carabelle Studio products, we would love to see them, but they are not necessary to join in the fun this week. Remember, Love is in the Air!
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