Friday, 20 September 2013

Splash It On - AC 171 - Card 2

I have made a second card for this month's challenge at Annabelle stamps (link here).
I had started to build a background with my few neon inks when (very fortunately) I revisited the blog and saw that another entry had been posted using the spat stamp and neon inks. I quietly put mine away for using on another card as it didn't come up to scratch by comparison!

I was looking at the title of the challenge, thinking of my first card which was very inky indeed, and thought I would make a card that was heavier on emotional aspects rather than visual.

I clear embossed the annabelle stamps splat stamp onto light grey cardstock (despite it looking more like Kraft in this photograph), matted it with Bazzill Liquorice cardstock and attached it to a PTI Enchanted Evening card base.
A sad little sentiment from PTI's Peaceful Garden in Memento Nautical Blue helps to set this sombre scene of unmitigated misery. No ambiguity here!

Really, these enormous crocodile teardrops would make the recipient smile I think! I hope they would entice them into a phone call, text or postcard, at the very least :)

 I must try taking the photograph in natural light, I have my craft space in our very cramped garage and there is no natural light at all...I dream of designing and building a studio that would enable me space and easy access to my spinning wheels, sewing equipment, paper crafting, painting...ho hum! Maybe next time round.

Next morning...

Well, the colouring in this photograph (taken outside on this lovely sunny spring morning here in Hobart) is much more accurate. I've lost the glistening effect of the clear embossing on those big wet tears, and it's a crooked image but one can't have everything in this life.

Now I just need to see if I can rejig the link to the annabelle stamps blog to display this one instead of the too tawny night shot goes...fingies crossed...if their blog goes down it wasn't me!

We are having a festival of sail here at the moment with several tall ships in port. They made a lovely display coming up the Derwent river yesterday, with many local yachts and motor boats accompanying them into the harbour. Although the day was fairly overcast, my daughter managed to capture a few shots when the sun shone around the clouds and lit up the sails.
Here is one of the photographs...

And here is one of our local family of Wattle birds looking for lunch, which she caught on camera while waiting for the sun to break through the clouds onto the ships...

Bye for now,


  1. Love the splats on your card - very cool! It's wonderful to meet a fellow tassie blogger - you live in such a pretty place:) Hugs xx

    1. Thanks Karen for your kind words. Yes, we are so lucky to have this lovely environment, aren't we.
      Blogging is funny...we can communicate freely with others knowing little about them, having just a shared interest in common. It has none of the baggage of more traditional friendships, it's rather lovely really! I find I quite like it now I have got going. (I had a slow start, being so busy working - nothing balanced about my life :-) Di

  2. You made me laugh out loud, I'm sure your neon splats were wonderful (and I would love to see that card too) but the embossed version I gotta say is very clever, I love it!
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at AnnaBelle Stamps!

  3. Wonderful cards! Love the monochromatic/subtle splats, very fun! And I do hope you weren't talking about my card - I would love to see your neon version, you should definitely link it up!

    1. Yes Miriam, it certainly was your lovely card I was talking about! Such a clean and stylish with envy, me :)
      PS I will do mine soon and post it, just thinking on it at the mo. Thanks for your comment BTW.

  4. The embossed 'splats' look amazing! I don't use EP often enough so thank you for the inspiration!! I'm sure your neon card was wonderful as well!
    TFS :)