Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Northwoods Sneak Peek and Tutorial

Hello! This week Gina is showing sneak peeks of all the new stamp sets being release from Gina K Designs on Thursday. Today she is showing snippets from my new set, The Northwoods and Becky's new set, Poster Board Sentiments.  Becky and I each have a project to show you today, using our new sets. Mine is a simple one layer card using the grove of trees from my new set.

The release party is at 7pm over at StampTV and all the new release stamp sets will be live in the online store at that time. I hope to see you there. But in the mean time, keep an eye on Gina's blog for all the latest news and don't forget to pop on over to Becky's blog to check out her fabulous projects for today.

 To make my card, I cut Pure Luxury Ivory card stock to form a 5 ½ by 4 ¼ inch card base. I scored the fold line, but didn't actually fold the card base yet. I find it easier to stamp on a single layer card if it can still lie flat, but having the score line in place helps me line up the stamped image where I want it. I stamped the trees, from The Northwoods, using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

You know those acetate sheets the clear stamps come on when you first buy them? Well, I always move my stamps over to the binder sheet that comes with all of Gina's full size stamp sets, but I like to keep some of those acetate sheets around to use for odds and ends. One fantastic use for the sheets is to make mirror images. I wanted a reflection of the trees I had already stamped. So I stamped the trees again, this time on that acetate sheet.

Then I turned the acetate sheet over and upside-down and centered it below the stamped trees on my card base. I rubbed over the back of the acetate sheet, then lifted it away and I was left with a mirror image of the trees, only just a tad lighter, since some of the ink stayed behind on the acetate sheet. Since  the acetate is not porous, the ink stays wet and makes a lovely image. I find I like using the acetate sheet even better than the Reverse Image Stamp that I have, since that is rubber and I can't see to line it up well.

Next, I masked off the bottom image using sticky notes and sponged Memento Rich Cocoa Ink above.

I cut a curved line in the sticky notes, positioned them a little higher and sponged again.

Moved one more time and a little more sponging.

I removed the sticky notes and sponged a bit more Rich Cocoa below.

I used the same sticky notes, lining up the curves to the ones above and sponged the reflection, the same way, only lighter.

For a little more contrast, I used a E25 Copic marker to add some shading.

Stamped the sentiment using Memento Tuxedo Black.

To finish the card, I added some score lines around the sentiment. I like raised score lines on the front of my card, so I held the card up to some light and made fain pencil marks on the inside, to show myself where the sentiment was. Then I put the card in my Score-Buddy, upside down and scored. The pencil marks helped me see where to start and stop scoring, so I wouldn't accidentally score right through the sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful day!

44 comments:

Melanie said...

terrific peek!

dklessig said...

lovely card

Cindy Alexander said...

Theresa I love the amazing reflection of this card!!

LaurieJ said...

This is a truly beautiful card! Thanks for the step by step.

catdidit said...

OH so awesome T! YOu always make cards that make me want to LIVE in them, haha!

JoanL said...

WOW! Stunning!

Kathy Humphrey said...

Just gorgeous as always! I love how you can make us feel like artists with sticky notes and ink pads:)

joy said...

What a beautiful card! Thank you for your tutorial! I'm anxious to get my hands on this stamp set - it will be fun!

Ava Gavloski said...

thanks for all the tips and demo on how to get the look of your card. very interesting and doable!! appreciate that.
ava g

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Just beautiful and you make this technique look so easy! Thanks Theresa!

Anita said...

What an amazing card! I love this new set.

Sharon said...

Love the trees stamp! And what a beautiful card!

Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

Looks like another awesome set. Can't wait to see the rest of it. Thanks for the great tip about using acetate for the mirror image.

Donna Phelan said...

Beautiful card, love the mirrored image! Awesome tree line stamp!

Lynne said...

wonderful. Will try your mirrored image technique. I don't like my reverse image rubber stamp either.

Robyn said...

great technique for shadow stamping

Robyn said...

great technique for shadow stamping

sharon g said...

The reflection looks so cool. And the hills....

Marilyn from MI said...

OOOOH! I love your tutorial on this technique. I have always wanted to do something like this but was never able to line everything up. Thanks so much! Am looking forward to seeing the whole set.

Melinda said...

You do such amazing work... always love reading your blog.

Congrats on the new set and thanks for all the step by step info. Can't wait to see the rest of the stamps... I love these trees.

Susan Sieracki said...

Your card is just gorgeous Theresa. I can't wait to see the whole set.

Brooke said...

I love this stamp! And I loved your tutorial.

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Julie Allen said...

Love your stamp. I have lots of tree stamps, cause I do love them, but this is going to be one of my favorite. Can't wait to get it.
Thanks loads,
Julie

Jan Castle said...

Beautiful card...thank you so much for sharing how you made it!!!

ajax said...

This stamp is definately a must have. Thanks for the great tutorial.

verna garrison said...

This is my kind of card;too much country in my blood i guess...
Thank you...
I need this set and the new flower set..

mamablitger said...

LOVE your tutorials. I do admire how pretty your sponging always turns out. I'm still trying to learn doing it your way. But yet have to do more training....sigh....LOL
Thank you for sharing your artful creations ! They always inspire me soooooo much !
Hugs from SPAIN

Betty Neville said...

Amazing card, Theresa! So life-like! Thank you for the awesome tutorial!

Cheryl Wright said...

Theresa, I love this card! Thank you so much for showing us how to do the reflection. I've never tried it (didn't know how!) but will definitely give it a go now.

Eileen Lucas said...

Well I see Im not the only one that truly admires your techniques, LOL. I go up and down your page in amazement at how easy it looks. I do have to try it. I just love your step by step tutorials. I too love trees so I really am loving what you did with this stamp. Thanks always for sharing.

Diane said...

This is really beautiful..and what a creative idea....must give it a try!!

Sharon Roselli said...

Thanks so much for sharing the reflection on acetace idea, card is beautiful as usual. love what I see so far of your new set.

jean w. said...

Theresa I love your new set! Thanks for sharing how to get this reflective look!

Jill Norwood said...

Stunning card and tutorial! Thanks!

Conniecrafter said...

Gorgeous!

Jeanne Kouyeas said...

Can't wait to see the rest of this set... Love these trees.

Dianne said...

Love it I love the reflected image and your showed us how to do that thanks so much...

Sherry said...

LOVE your card!! thanks for the tutorial!!! I am saving your page in my favorites!!

Rosy Newlun said...

I don't use reflected images in water nearly enough! Thanks for sharing this beautiful card and reminding me of another underused technique!

Anonymous said...

Excited to see these Northwoods in production! MINE! Ha!
Your technique is lovely! How excellent! Theresa, this was worth fifteen minutes being late!!!
mt23stamepr atyahoo
Keep Looking UP!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card. I always wondered how to do a mirror image and now I know.

Anonymous said...

Your card is a treat to look at. Thanks Juliane

Lady Bug Stampers said...

This card is so beautiful, gonna have to have this stamp set. Love your tutorials.