Friday, April 24, 2009

3 more Hero Arts distress challenge submissions

After watching Jennifer McGuire's tutorial on the Hero Arts Blog about distress resist stamping, I had to try it. (See that tutorial here Oh, how addictive it is! I've used alcohol inks on glossy paper for a similar effect but didn't realize that all those beautiful (*gasp* unopened) Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks I possessed could create a similar effect on watercolor paper. I used the Hero Arts Clear Stamps "Mixed Design" set for all 3 cards.

The first one I did was the children watching the fireworks. Unfortunately, I couldn't seem to convey the fireworks background and show that the silhouette is popped up for dimension without sacrificing some quality on the pic, so I apologize for that. (Details: Stamps: Hero Arts, Rubber Stampede; Paper: SU! watercolor, DCWV The Spring Stack; Ink: Versamark, Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Unknown: mini tag, brads, ribbon, foam squares.)

The next one I did was the submarines one. I thought the background looked like bubbles underwater. There's a lot of "fussy cutting" on this one. I think this is my favorite. The combo of the colors and antiquey-looking patterened paper images reminds me of "The Misadventures of Flapjack." (Anyone have kids that watch that on Cartoon Network? My hubby hates that show. I admit, it's a bit "off".) (Details: Stamps: Hero Arts, SU!; Paper: SU! watercolor, K&Co Daydreams collection; Ink: Versamark, Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink; foam squares. )

The final one is the rocket. This reminds me of that Laurie Berkner song, something about, "...a rocketship in space," trying to convey the idea to kids that they can be anything they can dream. I love the colors that came through on the main image. I love the white splatter effect on the dark background paper. It's paint splattered on using a toothbrush. It looks like deep space to me. Again, I tried to show in the picture that the rocket is popped up but the dimension doesn't come through all that clearly. (Details: Stamps: Hero Arts, Technique Tuesday; Paper: SU! watercolor; Ink: Versamark, Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Misc: Cricut, Making Memories paint, EK Success border punch, foam squares, toothbrush, unknown cardstock.)

Think I'm done with the Hero Arts distress challenge for now. Now on to some others to be displayed later...



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