My dad generously paid for the ponies we hired for out BBQ on Saturday. Thanks DAD! (Not that he reads this or anything!) I can’t wait to sit down and look at all the pictures but Design Team commitments await. (I will post some soon!) Besides, my stamps were getting lonely and I was missing them too! I had a lot of fun putting this card together. I am kinda getting into the whole western theme since I got this stamp set.
This sweet little horse is from Lean on Me Charlie by Clear Dollar Stamps. Remember, I used him on my lasso card earlier this month? The largest star is from SU!, their first pack of chipboard whatever it was called. Who remembers these things!?!? I covered the star with western-themed paper and cut it out with an x-acto knife. I stamped Charlie on the star and on white CS. I managed to position him on the star just right so his arms and legs didn’t need to be cut out! YEAH! I coloured Charlie’s body and hooves on the white CS and cut them out and popped them up with foam dots. The two hooves that are off the star required extra layers of foam dots to give them enough height. I got a little carried away with the Glimmer Mist I was using on another card so I decided to spray the small chipboard stars heavily and the card base lightly too. OK, not typical on a Western card especially one for a guy but the final result is subtle, especially since the stars are largely covered by this oversized brads! I wish the brads were a bit smaller but they were so perfect for this theme that I used them anyway. And the card base looks speckled, not sparkly. Under the stars are ovals punched out and folded over the edges of the card.
The layer of brown star paper is distressed with white pigment ink, brown chalk ink and Heidi Swapp distresser, the one that looks like a pink Pac-Man. I came up with a tip while using it. If you use the distresser at a 90 degree angle to the paper or cardstock, I find the distressing is fairly fine, it kinda fuzzes up the edge. However if you lay the disk down somewhat so it is closer to being parallel to the paper, it can take out bigger chunks! Who knew? (Besides Heidi!) The next layer is sage CS heavily distressed with first sage ink, then chocolate chip ink and then hit with the distressing tool. The sentiment was stamped then cut out with the word window punch. I reinserted the punchie into the punch from the bottom to remove some the length. Custom word window length!
Stamps: Lean on Me Charlie-Clear Dollar Stamps
Ink: memento brown, chocolate, sage-SU!, Cloud white-VersaMagic, ColorBox chestnut brown chalk ink
Paper: white CS-Taylored Expressions, sage, chocolate, kraft, DSP-SU!
Accessories: chipboard: large star-SU!, small stars-Sassafrass Lass, Brads-stash, oval, word window punches-SU!, Glimmer Mist-Tattered Angels, Heidi Swapp Distresser, silver paint pen-Pilot (horseshoes), foam dots-Jody Morrow and stash