Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Path of Life

Sorry for the late post today! My neighbor's daughter is home from college, so I'm taking advantage of an awesome babysitter while I have the chance! I did some shopping, some errands, and even spent about 20 minutes quietly reading a book** while waiting for my daughter's camp to let out. All while the baby was at home in super competent hands. Gotta love that!

Today's card uses an unbelievably gorgeous image from the new Path of Life set by Our Daily Bread Designs. I stamped on watercolor paper and colored with reinkers and an aqua painter. Canson Montval 140-lb. cold press is my favorite watercolor paper to use with the aqua painter and reinkers, by the way. I had a large tablet of this left over from my post-college days, but since it's almost all gone, I've been trying out some other brands. I haven't found anything else that I'm even close to happy with.

After I stamped and colored, I decided it might look cool to do the cracked glass technique. Boy did it really change the look of the image! It made some of the colors extra crisp and darker, and others (like my Soft Sky sky) became washed out or almost competely disappeared. Anyway, be advised :D

I also used some more of the delicious Prismatics card stock that Our Daily Bread Designs is now carrying. Here's another photo without the glare on the image's glazed surface:





** Speaking of books -- what are you reading? Leave a comment on my May 25 post with a favorite contemporary author for a chance to win some yummy blog candy. You have until Wednesday at noon ET. And by the way, yesterday I started reading Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. In the words of Tom Brokaw, it's "thrilling ... proof that one ordinary person, with the right combination of character and determination, really can change the world."

20 comments:

Jill W. said...

Just beautiful!

2stampis2b said...

The cracked glass technique is really beautiful!

veronica said...

love the cracked glass technique.

jackiestamps4fun said...

That is soooo pretty! What a beautiful technique! I guess my favorite contemporary author would have to be John Grisham. Not very deep, I know! But that's just me! Enjoy your week!

Aviator girl said...

I just recently read "The Other Boleyn Girl" by Philippa Gregory. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

leenda said...

GORGEOUS!

Kelley Holland said...

Amy, this card is awesome. I love this technique...one of my favorites. I love how the brick path and wall came out!

Dawn Easton said...

Amy, this is GORGEOUS! WOW! That cracked glass is perfect with this image...glad you had a wonderful day ;)

Viv (VivLyn) said...

Absolutely beautiful!!!

Anonymous said...

Ditto - beautiful

Alicia said...

Oh WOW! I am off to buy that set! It's gorgeous the way you colored it!

Jackie Pedro said...

This is really a work of art...gorgeous!!

Lovetostamp6 said...

WOW Amy, this is card is truly amazing!!! I don't even want to know how long this took to make but it certainly shows!

I hope you enjoyed your day Amy, and thank you for the really sweet message on my Blog!!

Stamping hugs,
Jennifer :)

Colleen said...

Lovely. I like reading anything by Jodi Picault these days.

Tracy said...

oh that is so pretty amy. i havent played with any utee in a while - i may just need to break it out soon. I am trying to think of any good books - you've probably read these already: Songs in Ordinary Time, Water for Elephants; oh here's one I found fascinating. Eliz had to read it for school - it sounded so good i had to read it - and its a true story. "The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that changed America" by Erik Larson. Not for everyone but it really was good.

Silke said...

WOW - WOW - WOW!!! Amy - your card is FANTASTIC!!! Love the cracked glass technique - what a fabulous idea!!! Your coloring is fab too!!!

I caved and bought this set too, cant' wait to get it into my inky fingers - LOL!!!

Jessie/knightrone said...

This is just gorgeous girl!! Your coloring is fantastic and I love the cracked glass look!! So beautiful!!

Laurie in MN said...

You made a beautiful card.

Savor the Journey * TexasGrammy said...

Amy this is fabulous! I haven't even thought about cracked glass in such a long time .. what a wonderful look with this awesome new stamp set!

Woooohoooooooooooo, for you & Angel, planning to meet! Enjoy!

~Bev

Julia Aston said...

This is just beautiful with the cracked embossing wonderful coloring on the image!

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