Red or White ribbon that is? I just couldn't decide which I liked better so I took pictures of the card with both.
Once I had wrapped my head around using today's Splitcoaststampers color challenge - Red - Black - White as I tried out my new Misti stamp positioning tool this went pretty fast. I thought this piece would be just for practice but I was able to use my first attempt.
The hummingbird from Picture Perfect (#140520) has 4 parts and they are numbered on the reference sheet that the photopolymer stamps come on. You don't have to use them in order but it does help you to keep them straight in your head. I started by stamping #1 in Smokey Slate, little #2 - the throat - in Real Red, #3 in Basic Gray and finally #4 in Memento Tuxedo Black. I couldn't believe the detail and the way all the colors came together.
I know that you can do this with the acrylic blocks but my old eyes had a hard time focusing through the acrylic block and getting the two step images (starfish) close enough so I didn't even want to try the hummingbird. So, I ordered the Misti that I've noticed other stampers/bloggers raving about for the last year or so.
Being happy with the bird, I decided to try my hand at adding a Flowering Flourish (C#126367). This is a clear mount stamp so it isn't as easy to get the placement you want as it would be with a photopolymer stamp. Using a piece of vellum with the Misti I was able to
- get the flourish where I wanted it - in Smokey Slate with the flower part omitted.
- add the flower in Real Red, and
- add Basic Black shadows on the underside of the flourish.
Ok, I could perfect my marker technique a little bit but I was satisfied! The placement was perfect and it gave the effect I was going for. If or when I do it again I might try the Basic Gray marker.
I added a strip of Everyday Chic paper (#138445) and a greeting from the Picture Perfect stamp set to balance out the piece I'd practiced on and it definitely worked for the Black/White/Red challenge. I of course took a little license with the gray but I could have just stamped off the black to get lighter shades.
Oh, yes. Back to the white or red ribbon:
I originally thought I wanted white because I just wanted a minimal amount of red in the card. But maybe the red makes it a better greeting card...
What do you think?