Thursday, June 2, 2011

Bookmark swap and beyond

I made this for a bookmark swap I participated in (wow did I get some cool ones back!). I finally got my hands on that elusive Branch Out stamp set. I had tried to order it before it retired but I was too late. Finally, I found a decent deal on ebay!

Sometimes when I need some inspiration, I turn to the internet and look at some art. This bookmark was inspired by THIS piece of art.

I started by stamping and clear embossing the swirls at the top and bottom in River Rock. I used a torn piece of paper as a mask and sponged in the Really Rust and a bit of Espresso around the edges. Next I stamped the tree in Espresso. I sponged in the Pear green area of the tree and stamped a few leaves in Pear and Rust. I sponged River Rock in the mid sky area (and didn't really worry too much about it touching the other areas). The Marina Mist upper blue sky was sponged in next (and I was careful not to mix it with the River Rock as didn't want it to turn green). Finally, I stamped the text in with Espresso.

I made a few more than required for my swap (in case I messed one up) so I was able to use an extra to make a quick card.

Stamps: Stampin’ Up Branch Out, Papertrey Ink Text Style, Autumn Leaves Swirls V:I
Paper: Whisper White, Early Espresso
Ink: River Rock, Versamark, Really Rust, Early Espresso, Perfect Pear, Marina Mist
Accessories: Embroidery Thread, Ribbon from Pink Hedgehog, Tab punch, large brad, Crop-o-dile

Michelle B.


Patti J said...

I was so lucky to receive one of your lovely bookmarks, Michelle! It's just stunning in real life! Beautiful work, my friend, and I love the way you incorporated an extra bookmark into a card! Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

Emily Leiphart said...

Wow, I love the bookmark and the card, Michelle! They're both gorgeous.

Chelsea said...

I was lucky enough to get one of these too and I love it!

Sue from Oregon said... made that artist proud!

Amy said...

It's been a while since I came to your blog and look what I have missed out on! This is fantastic!