Tuesday, April 12, 2016

It’s Raining!

Well not really here in Central Oregon, and in other parts of the country it is snowing . . . but I am sure it is raining somewhere!  Along the I-5 corridor in Oregon and Washington is a good bet!  At any rate it is the the theme for Retro Rubber Blog Challenge for the next two weeks.  Do go check out the fun cards created by the Design Team.  Just a few housekeeping details as well, we were not able to consider a few of the lovely cards in the last challenge as some of the rules were not followed.  Please read the rules here and then join us in this challenge!

I have very few stamps that are the rainy day theme, probably because I have lived the majority of my life where rain is frequent and it’s not my favorite weather condition?  I used to say in the winter when I lived in the Willamette Valley, if it is raining here then at least it is snowing in the mountains for skiing!  Now I live in the sunny high dessert of Central Oregon.  Can’t complain!

I recently received my shipment of 30 Chameleon pens that I ordered way back in October  or November.  They had a successful crowd funding to get the new colors to market and I am loving them!   This project was perfect to try out my new color selections!

1.     Stamp Fiskars Layer Away Variety (about 2010?) in Memento Bamboo Leaves on Bristol weight board 100 lb.  This weight of cardstock holds up better to alcohol makers and glossy accents. 
2.     Stamp Posh Impressions by Rubber Stampede grass (1995) in Memento Bamboo Leaves.  Stamp the image on a post-it note and fussy cut to create a mask.  Mask first image and stamp a second to complete grassy area. 
3.     Mask grass image and stamp Daisy Kingdom’s Bear with an umbrella stamp (circa 1988!) in Memento Tuxdedo Black.
4.     Stamp Studio G’s Flowers (~ 2008) and Rubber Stampede’s mini butterfly (~1998) in Memento Tuxdedo Black to complete the scene.
5.     Color scene with Chameleon pens in the following colors:  GR1 Green, OL3 Olive Green, NU4 Neutral Grey 4, PK4 Peony Pink, PK5 Fuchsia, NU0 Sand, NU4 Caramel, BR3 Hot Cocoa, YL3 Summer Sun, YO2 Mellow Yellow.  Most coloring was done in full tone, with a few fuses to lighten up the color on the body of the butterfly and to variegate the color in the grass.
6.     Stamp Studio G’s “Hello” sentiment in Memento Danube blue.  Mask stamp Fiskars Layer Away Variety in Memento Bamboo Leaves around one corner and repeat on the second corner to create a matching frame.
7.     Stamp and fussy cut masks for the bear and butterfly images and place over images.  Use an InkBlusher and a cloud stencil to create a cloudy sky.  Memento Grey Flannel and Danube Blue were a great color combo for this purpose.  I used an old Fairytale Creations Chalk Talk stencil for my clouds.
8.      Ink the edges of the base card with Memento Bamboo Leaves and an InkBlusher.
9.     Trim each of the images and the patterned paper (very old out of my stash!) to fit the front of the card.  Tie a length of yellow sheer ribbon around the sentiment panel. Back the images with pink cardstock and adhere the card together.
10.  Add Wet Looks or another product like Glossy Accents to the umbrella, rain hat, raincoat, and boots to make them shiny.  Set aside to dry.

Come and join the fun at Retro Rubber Blog Challenge and enter your own It’s Raining project!

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges.

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  1. Neva, love your teddy bear with that awesome rain coat, the Glossy Accents makes it look so real, the umbrella and boots look so pretty too, like they are really made out of vinyl.
    Your cloudy sky looks fabulous, I love that pattern paper too.
    Thank you for sharing.

  2. Neva, this is so fun. I love the glossy raincoat, hat and umbrella on your bear. I love the Chameleon pens too. I got mine as a gift and they are a lot of fun to work with. Cx

  3. What a fun card! The glossy raincoat is genius!! Perfectly done! So wanting to play with the Chameleon pens. Seriously have to find some - the colors are wonderful! Rain does have its positive and negative points, as you remember from your previous location. I love the green in nature but too much of it can also be a problem and getting depressed from sun deprivation is not a good thing either, but it does make you appreciate the good weather while you have it! Wonderful card, Neva

  4. Hi Neva! This is such an adorable bear and I love that checked background paper too. Thanks so much for joining my challenge this week :)

    Jeannie T.
    Dragonfly Journeys

  5. Neva, I ADORE this card. From the photograph it looks like only a portion of the images received the glossy treatment. If so, brilliant. If it is a photo effect, it certainly made the images that much more noticeable. Fantastic sky and adorable main image. Well done, teammate!

  6. Absolutely adorable card, Neva! Love the shine & dimension from the GA! PS--We love Bend, but not sure I'd really be happy giving up the green here. Used to cross country ski at Bachelor & the view driving from Sisters to Redmond to Bend is my favorite in the world! We lived in the Portland area for years & I'd love to get back up to Peddler's Pack one of these days. Fun to meet another Oregonian!

  7. So adorable Neva!!!! Such a delightful card!
    Thanks for playing along with us over Simon Says Stamp! Monday Challenge!
    Hugs Zoey

  8. So cute and adorable! The colors - amazing! I love the sky behind the bear and his shiny raincoat and umbrella!

  9. This is really sweet. Love the adorable bear and his shiny rain gear. Thanks so much for having me as a Guest Designer for this fun challenge.

  10. Ah what a cute teddy, love that shine! Enjoy your Chameleon Pens! Thank you for entering The Craft Barn Challenge.
    Jane x

  11. A sweet card. I love the shine you have given the bear's clothing and umbrella.


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