Today, I added these 2 cards to the Artistic Outpost blog....
Not Everything Counts is created from the Geek Is Chic stamp set.
Since I really like the Einstein postage image, I started with it using StazOn on glossy paper. I added color simply by picking up Adirondack Denim, Stream or Oregano ink on my finger and rubbing it on the image, then buffing to bring back the paper shine.
It's really hard to see it but the background is the numbers stamp with scattered ruler & compass images added. The verse is stamped in Black Versafine & embossed with clear to make it stand out. The embossing also protects the verse when I add inks to the background. I added white accents with the Ranger Inkessentials white gel pen. Do this step last otherwise the white ink smears. The ribbon was black & cream.......it didn't really fit with the card colors but I liked the style so I colored it with Copic markers. It's amazing how well they color ribbon!
Familias was designed using stamps from Distant Generations.
I started with the frame on this card. I had this frame already cut.....it started as white with orange ink rubbed over the embossed areas. Sure doesn't look like that now, does it? I rubbed various Distress inks into it until I liked the look. There's even a little bit of gold ink over the embossed parts. The "photo" is stamped on glossy white paper with black StazOn. The image didn't stamp perfectly but I decided it fit with the vintage look I wanted. I rubbed Antique Linen & Vintage Photo over it. The frame seemed to need a bit more dimension so I added the black glossy frame. The scrolly design (same stamp set) is stamped with Memento brown ink on paper by Imaginisce that has a faint script pattern. The other paper is by Graphic 45. I used Distress inks on both papers after I put them together. I colored the ribbon with brown Copic markers. "Familias" is stamped with black & embossed with clear. Then I cut it out with a Spellbinders ribbon slide. I trimmed off the ribbon loops and distressed it. I added a black edge with a marker and distressed it more. Then I embossed it completely with clear powder. Because the Distress inks stay moist a long time, the clear powder stuck easily.
Until next time....make time to create! It nourishes the spirit.