Hello and welcome! The first day of a new year, hopefully a very good year. We are not having a challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog, but the team is still posting inspiration. On Monday we'll be back with a normal challenge again.
The theme for the inspiration for today is to use old favourite supplies. I combined a bunch of old favourite products on this layout. I like to do year in review layouts, and sometimes also mini-books, at the end of a year. I picked out several older Hero Arts stamps to build a Birch forest for us to sit in and reflect on the year 2013. Making scenes are another favourite thing of mine.
When building up layers of dye ink, start with the lightest shade and gradually build up colour, since dye inks are transparent. It is also easier to get a smooth application of darker inks if there is a lighter ink underneath. The Adirondack Lights dye inks are perfect for that first layer. I used a Colorbox Stylus Tool for the inking, which is what I normally use for my scenic stamping. You can use other ink-blending tools too. For a tutorial on scenic stamping colouring with dye inks have a look at this post. I used Slate and a Ranger craft nib, to colour the grey on the trunks. The tree die cuts are from Simon Says Stamp, Tall and Small Forest Tree, love the thin branches.
I wish I had one of these little birds on my shoulder in real life!
Even though there isn't a challenge this week, you can of course still go shopping at Simon Says Stamp.
Thank you for the visit! I hope you will all have a very inky and stampy year 2014!! And lots of fun!
Surfaces: Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper
Stamps: Hero Arts: Tree Trunks S5477, Bird Trio LP139, Fabulous Florish S5449, Old Letter Writing S4878, Calendar D5791, Months 331485
Ink: Ranger Adirondack dye ink: Aqua, Stonewashed, Denim, Willow, Lettuce, Pesto, Salmon, Mountain Rose, Slate, Meadow; Archival Ink: Fern Green; Tsukineko: Versamark
Embossing powder: Ranger Clear
Dies: Simon Says Stamp: Tall Forest Tree, Small Forest Tree, Mini Hearts Set, Happy, Life, Family, Love; Sizzix: Word Play, Tag & Bookplates
Tools: Sizzix: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform; Colorbox Stylus Tool; Ranger Craft Nib
Embellishments: Tim Holtz: Crinkle Ribbon