Monday, April 7, 2008

Distressing We Will Go...

The CHF Challenge Chicks are using Ranger Distress Inks today. And they're on SALE at CHF through the 17th too!
(the inks, silly! not the Chicks) smilies,ani graphic

Julia tells about them in the Product Spotlight, check it out. And be sure to drop by the other Chicks in this challenge...Julia, Lisa, Kim, Kristine, Sherrie, Alli, Julie, Lori, Lisa Strahl, Lesley, Val

It's also Julia's BIRTHDAY today, so wish her a happy day!!! birthday
Feel free to join us!! Here's the forum link.

With all that said, here's mine. I decided to go with a scene on a shipping tag. Can you guess how many different stamps were used to make it? No skipping to the end to find out!! no no no

I also have to tell you that this was one of those "can't sleep-get up-stamp till 4:30AM" projects!

I started out by stamping the Friendship Lighthouse (only inking the lighthouse/rocks with Black Soot and not the sentiment that is with it) and masked it. Then I inked up the circle out of Cardmaker's Shapes with Mustard Seed, rocked about 1/3 of it in Scattered Straw and rocked the edge only in Dried Marigold. This I stamped over the masked lighthouse. The sun was also masked at this point.

Are you counting? That's 2

The Ocean Scene was stamped next followed by Palm Trees. There was a space needed filling under the rocks, so I stamped just a part of the Ocean Scene again. Small Cloud was stamped randomly across the sky, some rightside up, some upside down.

Still counting?

Now the fun of coloring and sponging! The only coloring done was the lighthouse, ocean, driftwood and shells (with copic markers). After coloring the masks were put back.

I tore a piece of copy paper and started sponging off the edge using jumbo daubers and small daubers. Starting with the lightest colors first. Ooh, before I started the sky, I used a small dauber to put color on the palm trees. I just kept sponging till I got the 'look' I wanted.

Still with me this far? Still counting? IF you are still with me, you're probably wondering why the hole with the sentiment peeking through. OR if you're not wondering, I guess you'll find out anyway!

Remember when I said I stamped part of the Ocean Scene again to fill in? Well, I didn't have it positioned perfectly so there was this HUGE Conch shell at the base of the lighthouse rocks! It looked like one of those old Japanese films where the sea monster drags itself out of the ocean and starts devouring everything in it's path! I'd gone to too much work to file it in the 'round' file...and remember it's the wee hours of the morning and DADGUMMIT, I'm finishing this thing!!!

So, I spritzed the backside with water, made a little slit with my craft knife and started opening it up. Did I sponge that rolled up part you ask? Nope! That's from stamping the scene the first time and it not working!! LOL Oh, you gotta love magic paper! Make a mistake and just flip it over and start again!

The sentiment is from Time To Stamp. Ok, how many is that?!

So all the Distress Inks used on this are: Black Soot, Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw, Dried Marigold, Frayed Burlap, Brushed Corduroy, Old Paper, Antique Linen, Broken China, and Faded Jeans.

Did you come up with 6 stamps?


Kristine Reynolds said...

WOWZA Dawn!!! You are the queen! I bow down to you. LOVE IT!

Lori Craig said...

Dawn - I knew you would blow this challenge out of the water being the 'distress' queen that you are...but wOwZAA!! This is G*O*R*G*E*O*U*S! Absolutely! LOVE IT!

Sherrie said...

Wow Dawn! You put every one of those ink pads to great use! Beautiful scene!

Julie Campbell said...

OH MY GOODNESS! I can't even keep up with you... and it's all written down for me! You're amazing and so talented at making sceneries look so real!!!

BTW, I love the llama "arrow" when I move the mouse. How on earth did you do that!?!

Alli Miles said...

You just crack me up!!! I love reading your write ups. This is REALLY beautiful. You are definitely a distress ink queen!

Kim Mraz said...

just wow!
you always blow me away :)

Unknown said...

Wow Dawn! I just KNEW you were going to create something unbelievable for this challenge! Absolutely stunning!

Lisa Silver said...

This is stunning! You have such a way with landscape stamping! I love all you do!

Julia Aston said...

Great card Dawn and glad to see you make boo boos like the rest of us and thanks for letting us know how you fixed them to look so perfect!

Valerie said...


Anonymous said...

Adding in my WOW.... gorgeous!

- dlm. said...

Oh My Goodness, Dawn! Just gorgeous!

- dlm.