Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A year of Bliss...

Would you like this card -- and a free year of the Technique Junkie Newsletter (or the CD of your choice)?  One lucky winner will receive just that.

The Technique Junkie Newsletter is the giveaway sponsor this week...and all you have to do to enter is to click on the "follow" button on my blog (feel free to leave a comment, too, but realized that the comment will not qualify as an entry). On Monday, Feb 21, I will select one of the followers via my random number generator...and that person will have the choice of the Newsletter for a year OR any TJ CD -- including the Emboss or Die or Fancy Folds CD -- of their choice. Anyone can enter this -- whether you are a long-time subscriber, brand new, or not a subscriber yet, there is a prize that fits everyone!

A little bit about this card...making it was cathartic to assuaging some of my obsessions.  I LOVE stamps depicting the Eiffel Tower. I have at least 5 of them, and today I received this one in the mail. It is Stampin' Up!'s Artistic Etchings set. I had been holding my "need" to buy this stamp at bay, but recently lost the battle. When I saw the Bliss Sell-a-Bration set from SU, and the new petal punch and newsprint paper from the mini catalog, I just knew I had to work with them together. Believe me, it will not be the last you see of any of them (and no, I am not a demonstrator -- never have been, either).

The background was made using the Newsprint designer paper with the Simple Whitewash Technique from the August 2009 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  Instead of ink, I used two colors of Tsukineko's Walnut Ink Spray (Cherry Blossom and Lilac). The Stampin' Up! Artistic Etchings and Bliss stamps were collaged over the top. The flower was made by punching the petals from the same Newsprint paper, and sprayed with the same walnut inks; then they were inked, the edges were markered, and some of the petals were lightly brushed with gesso. I placed the flower on a black Cuttlebug Highlight (October 2008) piece.

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