Hello Monday my friends! Welcome back to this week's challenge - TAKE ME FOR A RIDE at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. I hope you have had a lovely week enjoying summer. I had many ideas for this week's challenge, from bicycles to trucks to hot air balloons, but then I remembered my ride on an elephant...
Sadly, we have to say goodbye to Sandra Rupp, srpaperlove, our June guest designer, this week. I have really enjoyed having you with us this month Sandra, and the wonderfully creative approach you took for our challenges. I am looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful work, and wish you the best!!
When I came across this saying from Bill Murray "They say an elephant never forgets. What they don't tell you is, you NEVER forget an elephant." Elephants are such beautiful and majestic creatures, I love watching them. And then, I got to ride one in India...and the rest they say is history, LOL! Truly, it was a life experience and one I will never forget.
The elephant stamp I used is very large, and I don't have any blocks big enough to use. Also, since this was getting stamped directly into the journal, I couldn't use a stamp press. I also know I often have to stamp repeatedly to get a total image. So, what I tried was sticking the stamp to the opposite page, closing the pages and pressing down from the other side. I did this three times, and it came out clear...I was pleasantly surprised.
There are so many bright colors in India, I wanted to capture some of that, so used stencils and Oxide inks in pinks and oranges around the elephant.
I swiped the ink pads down the other page, not really sure what I wanted to do, other than echo the colors.
I lightened the page with some Heather paint (just rubbed it in), then a bit of stenciling to tie the pages together. I hand lettered the saying.
Over on the elephant side, I used colored pencils to color in the elephant. Again, I wanted to use a variety of bright colors.
I added some gold touches too.
So...my interpretation of this week's challenge was to "take me for an elephant ride", an experience I will never forget!
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