Monday, August 31, 2009

Covered Bridge in Red, White and Black

It's time to introduce you to some of my covered bridge stamps. Why covered bridges? I'm from Ohio, & I just love to go back east & check out some of the bridges I remember & even more that I don't. My favorite memories of covered bridges are all in the fall. The fall trees back east have so many beautiful colors. We do have the beautiful golden colors of the aspens here when they turn in the fall, but nothing compares to that great spectrum of colors you see back in Ohio & other eastern states.

I saw a card challenge today that wanted you to only use the colors red, white & black. I immediately knew that I wanted to do a covered bridge scene (& a Christmas one that I just got from Impression Obsession - more on that later). I usually stamp the bridges with lots of fall colors, but I knew I could make one of these stamps seem a bit more formal with these colors. By the way, I can't remember where I saw the challenge, but I finished the card anyway.

I stamped several images before I decided on this one. I tried the white on black, but I couldn't make the red pop & then I tried red on white, but the black highlights were too much. I did stamp this combination first, but as usual, I just had to try a couple more options. I'm used to putting backgrounds & colors with the covered bridge scenes, so it was hard to stop when I did. It would've taken away from the image if I added anymore which is not something I usually do. It's really time to get a new camera so the detail shows up much better, but since I'll be getting my assistance dog on the 15th, I need to get some more items for her before I can spend money on a new camera.

Card Recipe:
Stamp: Stamp Cabana
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
EP: Ranger Super Fine Detail Black
DP: The Paper Studio
Black Card Stock: Paperabilities
Polymer Image on Black Card Stock: ????
Black Paper EP: Detail Clear
Black Mulberry Paper
Red Paper: Echizen Embossed - Papers by Catherine (love the detail & shine!)
Ribbon: The Craft Studio (black & white dots) & Michael's (red sheer)
Rhinestones: Cell phone embellishment from Target

Coming next - the Impression Obsession image,


Shar said...

Lovely card! I like how you highlighted some areas with the red!

grandmalee said...

Thanks Shar. This is the same colors as my kitchen...I love that pop of red to liven things up! It's also so classy, not the usual boring browns that you normally see with covered bridges.


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