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Thursday, June 18, 2009

It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

There's a song for the day! Yes...it's Thursday, and this is my post for Friday, and I don't have any Unity on my blog! Gasp! the world WILL now come to an end. Right. I was just lead in a different direction this week, and I thought I'd show you something new! Something different. Something ffffrrrrreeesh.

Soooo... I used Gina K's tutorial for polished stone. But then again I didn't. Quite. Get. There. I spritzed my paper with water (SU! Glossy Cardstock) and realized I'd messed up from the tutorial. I pretended I meant to do that. Come on - you do it too! Own up!

Next...after a cursing spell, I pulled out Tim Holtz's distressing ink pads in Concord Grape and Broken China and smushed (smooshed?) them around in the water. Still uncertain about the path I'm following, I get my felt pad drunk with alcohol (ok, so it's wood not grain alcohol - play along people!), and dropped some gold alcohol mixative ink on it. I just go to town. It's ruined anyway, right?

I hit it with the embossing gun (Lee, that means I turned on the embossing gun and dried it), and I think it's ok. But it still looks gross. I set it aside. I move on to other things (laundry, dinner, a night's good sleep). I come back the next day and touch it. It feels weird and my fingers have a golden hue to them. YUK. As I hold it over the trash bin, something inside me says, wait. What if it's just not ready to move on to the round file in the sky?? What if it's newborn, like Parker? They scrub babies before they show them off, right? Give it a chance!

Out comes a cottonball. Buffing, rubbing, gasping - oh my gosh! You were right! It was just covered in Poltergeist fluid! Suddenly it shines. The colors peek through then assert themselves! It's beautiful!! It needs something...Gina K challenge...yeah...color challenge? No...not quite. Sketch challenge? Yeah that's it!

So I color Star (Queen Kat Designs) with a combination of Copics (alcohol) and SU! (water-based) markers. I use a corner off a Basic Grey sheet, and some gold vellum that I ran through a Cuttlebug bubble folder, some Robin's Nest dew drops, a little Smmmoooch for the lips and mask, and a perfect sentiment from Gina K's Eclectic Summer sentiments stamped in Versafine pale purple ink.

Come on over to Stamp TV and hang out! Check out the tutorials and challenges! I'd love to see your work, so look me up! I hope you've had a really good day so far...with more happiness to come!

Ta for now, ~ky

4 comments:

  1. I totally LOVE how this turned out!!! Don't you dare throw anything away!!! I love your coloring!!! I'm so glad you didn't actually HIT that poor, sweet mermaid!!!!! LOL

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  2. Oh, Ky! It turned out AMAZING! You gotta do it again, but take step-by-step pics and turn it into a tutorial for the rest of us...I wanna do that!

    Missed you at the Hip Hop chat & never seem to catch you on the forum...miss ya!

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  3. Ky, I just adore this!!!!!! And I love the story about how it came to be. I can't believe you almost tossed it.....never do that!!!!! Got it missy!?!?!

    Hugs!!

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  4. LOL Love your story about making this card.....*snicker*.......and the card turned out great!

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