Tuesday, July 20, 2010

PDCC #38 with Artistic Outpost

It's been ages since I've had a chance to play in the Play Date Cafe Challenge, but this one was simply too fun to miss!  This week, Play Date Cafe has challenged us to use this gorgeous color inspiration, *and* they are sponsored by one of my very favorite stamp companies, Artistic Outpost.

The images are from two Artistic Outpost sets that work beautifully together - Bluebird and Birds of a Feather.  I got out lots of inks - alcohol, distress, dye, Brilliance - and simply got inky, trying out different techniques and color combos. The green background is alcohol inks on glossy paper, run through one of Tim's new Alterations texture plates. I stamped the egg text in a dark dye ink, then went over the top of it with some distress inks and a little of the light purple Brilliance ink, to give it a shimmer.  The strip with the text and birdies was stamped in Brilliance ink (text) and dye ink (Memento).  Finally, for the main image, I stamped in the dark purple dye ink, then went over it with distress inks.  My fingers are purple and likely to stay that way for a while!

The little music charm is actually one of Tim's typewriter charms with a little punched out piece of vintage sheet music in it (a 1/2 inch hole punch does the trick).  A little twine ties it together.

Hope you get a chance to get inky today!

23 comments:

Lisa Somerville said...

Beautiful vintage card Jean, glad to have you join us again in the Cafe! Thanks for using Artistic Outpost images for this weeks PDCC challenge sponsored by Artistic Outpost.

Terry said...

Gorgeous! I so love your beautiful layers with this challenge. Love it!

Gerrie Johnnic said...

drooling here GF, this is just beautiful....geesh, stunning!

donna said...

This is beautiful! I love how you altered the typewriter charm. and all the birds! AO does make great stamps. Thank you for commenting on my post. I just wanted to tell you I have 6 hydrangeas and yes its the blue/purple I go for.lol....btw the petals scan nice for using on cards. cheers!

Lynn Stevens said...

Hi Jean, so glad we could work on the same team again for the challenge, great use of AO stamps!
One of my favorite sets!

Angelnorth said...

Gorgeous card Jean, love the little strip with the text and bridies along the bottom - really pulls it all together!

Deb (dcorder) said...

This is just stunning!!

Connie Paxman said...

Very Artistic...and wonderful job on the inking...I love the little backgrounds you did..it all fits perfectly..
connie paxman

2amscrapper said...

I can't begin to tell you how much I like this one....

Stephanie Kraft said...

Gorgeous, Jean! Just love how you combined these fab AO sets.. So glad to see you back at the Cafe!

sheila said...

this is such a wonderful card-I love cards with birds and this one is a real charmer!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

I LOVE IT-I LOVE IT- I LOVE IT (sing this!! I was!). I love all the distressing...the twine...the charm...the images! BEAUTIFUL! LOVE IT:) Thanks for playing along with us at the PDCC:)

Willy's creations said...

Lovely card you made.

Hugs,Willy

Linda Robinson said...

This is wonderful.. I just love it.
and you know it was fun to make when you end up with inky fingers..

Suzanne C said...

So glad you joined us again at the PDCC. Gorgeous card. Love those images and how you layered them together so beautifully.

stampdiva said...

It's obvious the amount of work, the various inks and stamping brought together on this card. So you. Lynne M

Sarah Anderson said...

Lots of inky yumminess on this card. I particularly like the little row of birds at the bottom that echo the main image. Thanks for playing at the playdate cafe :)

Ruby said...

Great to see you playing with us again! Your card is absolutely gorgeous! Love the colour tones you've chosen, beautiful! Thanks for playing along with us at the PDCC this week!

Julie Ranae said...

It is fabby to see you again, Jean and nothing has changed except that your creativity gets better and better with every entry!
So glad to have you with us again!

Susan Allan said...

I really like this piece-- I have a fascination for birds. Very beautiful, I like all the layers.

Michele said...

This is beautiful! Love the sponging and the lil' charm!

Shar said...

What a lovely card! I love the great way you layered the images and your cool background!

Miss Sandy said...

I have been scrolling merrily along your blog and your tags, cards, and paper crafting are just amazing! I love all these sweet bird themes!