scenes. Besides the CI January challenge I am posting this page for the SimonSaysStamp Wednesday challenge (Something new).
I felt inspired by this lovely piece of art on the CI-blog at the end of last year and this Tim Holtz tag from last spring... and built a composition using a part of the " Love is all around" collage stamp, a tree trio, birds on a wire and plants all from CI element plates. Also the feather has come from CI as part of a free selection of small stamps. I think I could place this scene on a huge card ( 6' x 12') for some special occasion, but for the time being it can stay a journal page in this watercolour scetchbook.
The "new" in this project was masking stamped images so as to place the next images "behind" the first stamps. I've always done layers by fussy cutting the top images and adhering them, and found that the worst part of this technique was aligning the next stamp so it would be where I wanted it... And when it didn't, trying to make the best of it :) All the stamping and colouring has been done with Distress Ink pads. To add a watercolour effect, I spritzed the stamps lightly with water after spreading the inks.
The large tree stamp is one of my oldest stamps, the second stamp I ever owned as a matter of fact: I got it as a Christmas present some years ago from my mother. Other not CI stamps are the meadow-ground under the large tree (Chocolate Baroque) and part of the foliage around the nest (Rubber stamp tapestry). I don't have an egg stamp, so the egg has been made with a selfcut mask, distress inks and golden spray splatters.
The meadow grasses almost dissapeared into the hill behind them, so I carefully bleached out part of the background (the grasses are also Distress Inks, and I tried to avoid bleaching them too) and added some Stickles glitter to show the flowers of. I really like the light and airy feeling this page has, and the zoom effect works nicely. I'm planing to try a "heavier" layered version with music paper and gesso on the background... when I get it done is to be seen :)