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Friday, April 13, 2012

"A View From A Window" Fantasy Art Card featuring Lost Coast Designs Border Stamps!

Happy Friday 13th!

 Not quite the view from a window you were expecting to see is it ;0)  It's raining buckets outside today so I changed my plans and decided to stay indoors to continue with my Atlantian fantasy story....

LSBD Log:  Day 42 - We are still finding so many wonderful treasures down here but today I discovered the best treasure of all!  I found a chamber with a phenomenal view overlooking the sunken city of Atlantis...

The Blockheads Design Team is playing with ideas for using border stamps and I've been having a ball with the borders by Lost Coast Designs!   My first project 'Portal To Atlantis' features the Iris Fold technique, my second project 'Codex Atlanticus' demonstrates using the border strips to make a basket weave and a border background collage and my third...wait for it...using the border stamps themselves to create a basket weave.  Alas, due to some time constraints I didn't get my 'tight basket weave' project completed in time for today but I was able to get this one with a loose weave design ready instead!

I used the following Lost Coast Designs border stamps on my fantasy art card:
Tear Drops (top right), Spiral (bottom left) and Wave (bottom right) to create the loose weave... looks like the ruins of the city of Atlantis don't you think!  Blockheads' Fish image from the Seascape - Fishes set and Inky sentiment from my favourite full sheet of Verses completed my card!

Spritz Stream Color Wash, Danube Blue Fireworks spray to add some shimmer, a few dabs of Stormy Sky Distress Stain and a spritz of water onto a craft sheet.

Smoosh a sheet of white cardstock onto the ink to create a wonderfully random watery seascape.

Create the loose weave pattern by blocking off the areas you don't want to stamp with tape and masking off the ends of the stamp with torn post-it notes for a broken effect.  Tip:  cut the tape to the size of the border stamp that will fill in the gap.  Stamp all the borders with Tuxedo Black Memento ink.

Build up a loose random weave - I deliberately didn't want the spacing to be even!

Highlight the mottled effect of the watery background with a metallic blue pen to create a marbled design.

Stamp the fish image first with Paris Dusk Memento ink and immediately stamp it again without re-inking to get the faint image.  Then stamp the image again in Tuxedo Black.

Cut the panel to size and distress the edges with Tim's Distress tool.  Apply Weathered Wood Distress Ink to the roughened edges with a foam Ink Applicator tool.  Cut a mat from black cardstock and distress the edges with the Distress tool.  Apply Peacock Brilliance tri-colour ink directly to the rough edges for a bit of shimmer.  Cut a mat from a sheet of Stream cardstock from Tim's Adirondack Core-dinations Assorted Paper Pack.  It matches perfectly with the Stream Color Wash!  Pssst...it's currently on sale at Blockheads!!!! ;0)  Rough up the Stream cardstock with sandpaper and then distress the edges with the Distress tool to reveal the aqua coloured core.  Layer and adhere everything together with double sided tape.

Apply clear Star Dust Stickles glitter glue to the black fish for a bit of sparkle.

I also decorated the inside of the card!  Cut a sheet of cardstock to make the inside panel and smoosh it onto the left over ink on the craft sheet along the bottom edge.  Stamp the perfect sentiment "If All The World Were Paper...and all the sea were ink" with a combination of Tuxedo Black and Paris Dusk Memento ink.  Distress the edges in the same way and layer it on a distressed Stream mat and adhere to the inside of the card with double sided tape.

Embellish the corners of the card with self adhesive pearls in 3 different sizes and you're done!  I absolutely LOVE how this one turned out :0)

Ooooo we're having a spectacular thunderstorm right now, I'm off to watch....bye!!

I came back after the t-storm to add some challenges for my card :0)
The Stamping Boutique - #33 Distress
Paper Take Weekly - April Showers or Water Water Everywhere
Make It Monday - Anything Goes #84
Smudgy Antics - Anything Goes
Happy Stamping!
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  1. Wow - this one is amazing! The color and the weave are awesome! Hope the t-storm has passed! ;)

  2. This card is amazing - love the colours and the fish is so beautiful, hope the thunderstorm is over - Jas

  3. This card is so dreamy! Love how you have "woven" the border stamps!!

  4. totally stunning card, absolutley fabulous
    love what you did with the borders , must try that myself, it looks so cool
    thanks for joining our challenge again over at the stamping boutique
    TSB DT

  5. Stunning. I love the background you have created here for your water and the different techniques used. Thank you for sharing this with us at Smudgy Antics this week and do hope to see your artwork again

  6. Absolutely beautiful! I love the colours and the mystical feel of it.

  7. Stunning piece..... lots of great techniques......beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us at Smudgy Antics this week :)

  8. Gorgeous piece! I love that the bulk of the project was created with border stamps. Your ink effects are wonderful! Thanks for the tutorial and for playing again with Smudgy Antics. I hope to see you back next week :)

  9. very beautiful thanks for the tut and for sharing at smudgy antics

  10. Lovely! Thank you for sharing at Papertake Weekly and good luck with the challenge. Judy GDT x

  11. Wonderful card, love the colours!

  12. Wow, the way you wove those borders is amazing, Leigh!

  13. Leigh I just love this. The colours and layout are just perfect. Hop on over to Doing Life and stand a chance to win some lovely DigiStamps4Joy digi stamps of your choice to the value of $20 Hugs Desíre Doing Life Digistamps4Joy DT Member Tammys Scrapin Corner DT Member


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Leigh S-B