Monday, March 20

Layer it Up!

Hello Monday, glad to see you again my friends! This week at Simon Says Stamp our challenge is to Layer it Up. Come join us in the fun!

I was thinking of layers both physically and mentally - layers of images and papers, and layers of a story. As I was working on my card, the story of The Littles, children's books by John Peterson, came to mind. So off I veered in a different direction than I had planned, to create this scene of the brownstone and people, and make it look tiny by adding in the flowers and birds.

I began by stamping this cool Tread stamp by Nathalie Kahlbach onto my card with the Walnut Stain Distress Oxide, then spritzing it.

Next, I layered in both types of Distress ink.

I stamped my images using the MISTI to get crisp images, and colored them with the Distress Oxides and water. Cool beans! Cut everything out and started to lay out my scene.

I am loving the new Tim Holtz Paper Dolls - no more fussy cutting!! It's great that they come in a variety of sizes. I am also using the Botanical layers and Quote Chips, then blinging it up a bit with 28 Lilac Lane's Tropical Twist and Diamond Glaze.

I couldn't resist adding this little cutie, with wings, to the post box! Touches of red bring out some detail, and then I went around the images with my water soluble pencil and water brush to add some shadow and depth.

My vision was to make this look like a tiny building with little people, hidden in a garden - what do you think? 

...layers of images, layers of stories....

I hope you've enjoyed my interpretation of Layer it Up, and are ready to create your own project to share, I am looking forward to it!

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  1. Really cute card! I love the little one on the mailbox with butterfly wings.

  2. This is so cute, Maura! I love the direction you took the theme in the layering of a story. So clever!

    Cathie ♥

  3. Your card is so fabulous, Maura. Love the beautiful layered images and all the details are fantastic! :)

  4. Ohhh! Whoa! We've got mental and physical layers here! I love your take on this and your piece reminded me of those great books that I read as a kid about the Littles. Visually, I love how you ran with that theme and you've made such an interesting scene indeed! It is full of imagination and creativity. I thoroughly enjoyed this post and couldn't help but smile at what you've done here!

  5. Does everybody have Oxides except me? The background you made with them is fabulous and so soft! Just lovely! The dolls are so beautiful too! Hugs, Marzena

  6. Just love that brownstone in the background (oh dear, another stamp I "need"!), and the stories running through your layered images are wonderful. A feast for the eyes and the imagination.
    Alison x

  7. Gorgeous panel Maura, I love the background and the little people, so cute!! I love the little angel sitting on the postbox waiting for the postman ;-)

    Lols x x x

  8. Love all the layers and the TH paper dolls is on my wish list :) x

  9. What a fun compilation of colors, textures, and images! Well done, Maura! :)

    Simon Says Stamp

  10. New Dolls are irresistible! Love how you created your background and I love the collage you made on your project! Great work! Barbara

  11. I LOVE paper dolls and I LOVE how you've used them on that gorgeous background...this is wonderful Maura and such a great piece of creative work! Hugs <3

  12. Maura this is so cute, lovely.


  13. Gorgeous project Maura!! Love the buildings, colours and the little kid sitting on top of the mail box. I hope those little people are in stock the next time I make and order. :)

  14. stunning project Maura...I love how you created your scene and the child on top of the mailbox is adorable...hugs kath xxx

  15. What a fun piece, Maura! Love the design and all the layering, so much texture too. Very pretty! Hugs, Sandra


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