Happy Mandala Monday! It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve made a mandala, and a busy couple weeks at that, but here’s my contribution for today. I opened up my flower press today and look at the beauties! I made my design on a piece of scrapbook paper with a doily-like edge and used Instagram to keep the square shape.
Here’s a close-up of the center. There are three leaves forming a kind of a Celtic knot shape with two flowers (back to back) on top and a stamen placed, askew, in the center. I can’t wait to find permanent pieces to uses some of these flowers and leaves in. They really dried beautifully.
And then I had to make a card for a good friend of mine who is celebrating 17 years of sobriety this week. It’s an amazing accomplishment that deserves way more than a card, but that’s what she’s getting from me. So, I checked out some challenges I’ve found recently and picked this one: the Scrapotique July Challenge with the “Recycle It” theme http://stampotiquedesignerschallenge.blogspot.com/2013/07/sdc107-recycle-it.html
Here’s my contribution:
Basically, this theme was created for me. As you may have noticed, I hate throwing anything away if I think I can use it sometime in the future, especially as something other than what it was originally intended. For the background, I used a couple of gel pens that I never could get to write very well, cracked them open, and dumped the ink on the card. I used the pen liner to blow, stamp, scratch, roll, and otherwise manipulate the ink. It’s hard to tell from the photo, but the ink has a little bit of glitter in it which gives it a beautiful sheen. I’m so glad I didn’t throw them away!
Then, because it’s a stamping blog challenge, I stamped it up. Unfortunately, I don’t have any stamps from the Stampotique Originals collection yet (and I mean “yet”), but they’ve opened up their rules to no longer require that you use their stamps yet. Trust me, though, it will just be a matter of time before I get some. Their shop is amazing: http://www.stampotique.com/. The coolest part is that they work with many different designers so there’s a really wide variety of styles from which to choose- from cute emo chicks to abstract graphic designs. And the competition for this challenge is stiff. There are some amazing cards and mixed media pieces from not only the design team but in the submissions. You have to check it out.
I used a number stamp with black “Distress Ink” and then a yellow ink pad a few times on top. Then I used the diamond pattern for a kind of a frame. I stamped the number “seventeen” on a burlap sticker and then stamped the message on the inside. The inside stamping is pretty messy, partially to match the messiness of the cover and partially because I haven’t gotten really good at lining up the wood block stamps I have yet. I hope she likes it.