A Brighter Day

A Paper Smooches Creation

Hello everyone!  I am excited to share this hot-off-the-presses card which is being submitted to the current February guest designer call over at Paper Smooches.  If you love their products and would like to partake, the challenge ends on Wednesday 1/24.  Previously designed cards using Paper Smooches products are welcome.

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Since I just received a new set from them, We Totally Click, along with some of their wonderful dies, I have been working on a few different ideas for submissions over the last few days.  And here is the first!

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This card was built in stages, and layers, as there was room for error with the stamping and Distress inking, and there is nothing worse than ruining a nearly perfect card with an ink or cutting error!!  I took a lot of planning time with this one!  Just one note–I attempted to capture the colors as faithfully as possible, and am using Picasa now to help my images look a little more presentable; however, in person, the blues are a bit darker.  I need to drag out my old photography books on lighting, perhaps… 🙂

Step One

I stamped the little lamp onto the sunburst paper (from Crate Paper’s DIY Shop) with my absolute most favorite rich black ink, Brilliance Black, embossed it with clear powder, and then using a ruler, cut the lighted area.  I used Copics Y21 & Y26 to color the light bulb’s face.  I next fussy cut my lamp, cutting off the cord, which would be restamped later.  I also paper-pieced the inside of the lamp using Solar White.

The only aspect I am reconsidering is the area behind the lamp, which I might paper-piece with a Distress-inked section, so it doesn’t look like the light is coming from behind the lamp, which wouldn’t really be logical now would it?  Then again, a smiling light bulb, and an unplugged cord aren’t exactly realistic either….  What do you think: paper-piece or leave it?  Suggestions are always welcome!!

Step Two

I was initially planning to mask the lamp and light burst to create my darkened room; however, the Distress Inking can be tricky, so I decided to do this on a precut panel of Neenah Solar White.  I started with Stormy Sky, moved in with Faded Jeans, and darkened with Chipped Sapphire.

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If you want an awesome tutorial on creating skies with the Distress Ink see the video below by Karin of Peppermint Patties Papercraft:

Step Three

I wanted my little lamp to be sitting on a desk, so what is more perfect for a desk than wood veneer???  I absolutely love this wood veneer that is making a big scene right now!  I purchased my from Simon Says Stamp.

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Step Four

It was now time for assembly!  I assembled my Distress inked panel and lamp first.  I then stamped the cord onto the inked panel.  Once these were together, I slipped the wood veneer panel in and stamped with the sentiment.  All were adhered to Gina K’s Heavy Base Kraft Cardstock.  The back was finished off with a strip of yellow striped washi and I added the thick baker’s twine to play off the cord– remember those old cords from the early 20th century that were striped fabric?

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The inside is very clean and simple– I decided not to stamp a sentiment, as none of the fonts felt like a right match for the font on the front.

And that’s it!

As I mentioned previously, I hadn’t been feeling too bright or bubbly the first two weeks of January.  But circumstances seem to be turning around here in my corner of the world, and having so many people visit my site, leave wonderful comments, and just spread positivity has really been such a bright spot.  Taking top 3 over at CASE Study and getting a shout out from the wonderfully talented Anita (you need to check out here latest beauty here) didn’t hurt either :).  I was so humbled and honored in both situations!  So everyone, this card is really for you!!

I look forward to connecting with you more throughout the year; I hope to be a source of inspiration and support in your endeavors!

I plan to be back later with a post that isn’t card related, but rather a scent-sational & eye candy post that will hopefully help with any mid-winter blues you may be experiencing (unless, of course, you live south of the Equator!!).

6 thoughts on “A Brighter Day

  1. This is such a fun and happy card, Kate, with amazing attention to detail … fabulous inked ‘darkness’ , clever shining light DP, and what a great idea for the desk! Thanks so much for your sweet words and for the shoutout … and good luck with the DT Call! Anita 🙂

  2. I love this card, Kate! It’s so involved, but also so well executed and polished. I love the distressed ink look you achieved here for the background. I wish you much luck with the DT call!

    I’ve been looking for a black ink to try out (not too happy with the one I currently use)–is this Brilliance black the Tsukineko archival ink?

    1. Thanks, Ngan! I am finally getting the hang of the Distressed Ink blending– light touch and working off the paper (on craft sheet), then onto the paper is key. And Copics, whew, that is a learning curve for sure. I am still really learning that. I often put too much color down– I love practicing, but they are expensive. I have found that for the greys, you can easily get away with 2 Copics, but for most color blending, 3 is ideal, or 4 if you have enough in that color family. There are some great sites, like Flourishes to help with Copic technique, and Sandy Allnock ( I referenced her video on Copic coloring white in an earlier post). Yes, the Brilliance is Graphite black: http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/servlet/the-9250/Brilliance-Ink-Pad-Pigment/Detail
      It’s so juicy!! I do love the Tuxedo black Dew Drop Dye ink for my sentiments (unless I am embossing them) and small intricate designs, though. Sometimes it depends on the stamp, which ink will work best. Not all clear polymer stamps are designed equally! Have a great night!

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