Some other exciting news for me this month- I am now also on the Starving Artistamps design team! They have quite a variety of fun images to work with. I thought I'd share 2 summer-themed cards I made yesterday. The first I used this neat cactus (here) and the cracked mosaic (here). I started with the cactus, stamped in black stazon. I coloured it in with prismacolors and OMS. I doodled in a ground so it wasn't floating, since I knew I wanted to add a bit of a sky. For that I simply took a dauber into a few different chalks and blended. The next part was lots of fun, since I'm sure everyone knows how obsessed I am with spectrums. I brayered ruby red, pumpkin pie, then summer sun. When I brayer a spectrum I start with the darkest, and for each lighter colour I go back over the darker colour so they blend better. So I brayered ruby on a third of the paper, then I brayered pumpkin over the next third, but also back over ruby, etc. I stamped the cracked background over top with brown stazon.
The next card features some of Kristin Soboloski's Artful Inkables . I used this lovely flower. Once again I stamped with stazon, I masked the flower then stamped the leaves. I thought twinkling H2Os would work well for this image. I kept blending and added colour until I got the look I wanted. The sentiment is also by Kristin. This card features many interesting Dollarama finds. Both metallic papers (the maroon and the gold) are from there, as are the rhinestone brads. This card sure shimmers in real life!!