Monday, March 10, 2014

Umbrella Girls


     I had a bit of time yesterday to make a just for fun card.  I have a ziploc bag full of fun Art Impression stamps that need to get their first inking not to mention be mounted.  There is so much to see and take in at Splitcoast Stampers that most of the time I just get overwhelmed, but I did managed to see an interesting challenge that they were having with the theme of rain.  While thinking about what I might have that would fit, I remembered that I had this wonderful Girlfriends stamp in that bag so I got it out, mounted it and inked it up to make this card.  
     I also took a peek to see what the challenge was this week at the Art Impressions challenge blog and it happened to be "Sheer Perfection".  They wanted to see vellum used on your project.  My friend Jinny Newlin got me hooked on vellum and I've been trying to work it into my projects as much as possible.  For this card I used a layering of circles with vellum as the top layer to back the girls.  They obviously were using that umbrella so they needed some rain.  I got out my dotty stamp, Versamark, and some clear embossing powder to create a little shower for them.  You can see the rain drops a bit better here.


     And here's a side view.  Here's a little tip.  Make sure you keep your clear embossing powder away from everything else.  I was really happy with the way this card came out except I had a few stray dots of other dark embossing powders that had gotten mixed in with the clear.  You may not even notice them if you weren't looking hard, but I see them.  grrrrr


     It's a beautiful day here today other than the billowing smoke I can see north of us where the forestry department is starting it's yearly burn off of the underbrush.  Hope it's lovely where you are. 
Supplies:
Paper--My Mind's Eye "Quite Contrary--Jack and Jill", Recollections, The Paper Studio vellum, Copic XPress-it Blending card
Stamps--Art Impressions "Under My Umbrella", Papertrey Ink "Friends Til the End", All Night Media wood mounted dotty stamp
Ink--Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Versamark
Tools--Fiskars Circle Cutter, MFT Die-namics Fishtail Flags Stax, Lil' Inker Designs Of the Heart die, Tim Holtz ruler, Marvy Uchida Heat Gun, paper piercer, Stamp-a-ma-jig
Miscellaneous--Zing Clear embossing powder, Scotch vellum tape

33 comments:

tilly's crafts said...

stunning card Tracy. I love the girls from AI and you always colour and display them so well. and that rain effect is fantastic (may have to try that idea!)
Kim x

Sue said...

This is stunning Tracy, such a fabulous image, wonderful colouring and the rain drops look so effective.
hugs Sue xx

Pat K said...

Fabulous card Tracy...I so love how you colour these ladies and the water effect is perfect. hugs, Pat K x

Pauline said...

Fantastic card Tracy, such a fun image, I love these art impression gals. Your colouring is wonderful, and love your rain drops!

Cheryl Valadez said...

ACK! Tracy, I love this! The use of vellum and the addition of the "rain" is pure genius! Great job, lady! Hugs, Cheryl

Renee Butchart said...

Fabulous card Tracy girl! Gotta love those AI girlfriends...I went to the Mesa Stamp Show last week & AI was there with their whole line...oh boy...I was so bad! I bought 6 new sets but wanted them all! Better start saving now for next years show. LOL.
Hugs, Renee

Anneke said...

ooh what a great card! love what you have done with the raindrops!
Hugs Anneke

Amanda R said...

I love these images, need to check out their challenges more often. The use of vellum and embossing powder is awesome and I don't see a single dark dot!

Bonnie Irvine said...

This card makes me smile, Tracy. Love these women...they seem to enjoy each other and life so much. Beautiful colouring to bring their personalities to life. I love the raindrop effect and the vellum background. The playful little heart cluster is sweet!

Heidi said...

Fabulous card!
Lovely image and your colouring is fantastic:)
Hugs, Heidi:)

Boxofcolours said...

Quite an apt image for all the rain we've been having in the UK of late and talking of rain - wow I like your technique - it looks amazing!!
Hugs
Jane

Geri said...

This is a perfect card, Tracy! I LOVE the way you color up these girls...so perfect for the style of the images. And that rain...so perfect...and it adds SO much character to the card! Amazing creation!

Becky said...

wow, what a fabulous card! Wonderful coloring and girl you did a great job cutting these ladies out. Love how you did the rain drops too.

Marlies said...

A beautiful card with a fab design and I like the way you did the raindrops, a realy good idea. hugs, Marlies

KimCreate said...

Oh Tracy, you're brilliant for adding the clear embossing as rain! How cool, great effect! And those girlfriends are the cutest!

Cynthia said...

Great design using this group of ladies, Tracy! Love the "rain" effect on the vellum. Came over from Art Impressions for a closer look. This set may have to go onto my Wish List!

Sassy Raggedy said...

Oh another beautiful card Tracy. I love this stamp and was glad to learn how to do the raindrops on the vellum. Hugs, joann

Mary J said...

How fantastic, Tracy - your rain is amazing!

Ira Huberts said...

Only you manage to make the rain look like so much fun Tracy! Sheer loveliness, your lady friends!! Hugs, Ira
Ira’s Crea Corner

heidy said...

Fabulous card Tracy,love the eain effect!!
XXX Heidy

julie said...

stunning card Tracy love the colouring and great idea for the rain. Julie x

Pam said...

Such a fabulous card, Tracy! These girls are so fun. Just love them.

Davi said...

Awesome card Tracy! I love that totally fun image and the way you colored it, the best! The vellum and rain behind is too cool :)

Jennifer said...

This just makes me smile! Love the wonderful colouring and the great tabs, but best of all I love your rain! Have a beautiful day!

Ros Crawford said...

Absolutely stunning!! This reminds me of when my 3 friends and I get together for lunch ... it always rains!! I love your rain effect ... that's a fabulous stamp! Hope you are feeling better

JanLee said...

Very, very nice! I love your rain! Great effect!

Lisa M said...

You know I want to grab a street light and spin right now, don't you? "I'm singing in the rain...just singing in the rain..." Okay, back to the comment...LOOOOOOOOOOOVE this card and I'm always addicted to your blog because of the way you always try new techniques and fantastic fun things you sneak on your cards. The water looks fantastic. You're definitely using vellum to your advantage.
HUGS!!!

Audrey Pettit said...

Not only did you color this image brilliantly, my friend, but you made them a perfect little rain storm to stand in! LOVE this brilliant design! Your layered circles offset to the side make such a fun mat for your amazing fussy cut image! LOVE!

Mau xx said...

This is Fabulous!!! gorgeous colouring my friend xx
I so want some of these images :o~ I must must must save some pennies for some, they are such fun.
Hugs Mau xx

Nonni said...

I know what you mean with clear embossing powder getting accidentally mixed with some other powder... So annoying!! No flaws in sight here though -the rain is the perfect touch for this card!

Dawn @ LilyPinkScraps said...

Another wow from me!! You bring such life and gaiety to this brilliant image - love it :)

LINDA M said...

Super cute card. I love the layout and your coloring is fantastic. Just love these AI Stamps.

Katie Sims said...

Oh.My.Word...how adorable is this? The raindrops are sheer genius! I can just see you rubbing your inky fingers together when you came up with this layout....lol! Darling card, Tracy! :)