Good morning! We are back with another countdown post, leading up to the release of the July My Monthly Hero Kit! Release day is Monday, July 2nd at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific. Join us as we continue to share ideas using both the main kit, as well as the new optional add-on products that will also be available on Monday. Now let's join Jess who is sharing a slightly different take on the main kit!
Okay, so I hope everyone has been enjoying the bright and cheerful countdown cards this weekend because I'm going to take it in a different direction! ;) Ever since I was a kid I've always found carnivals and fairs a little creepy. It didn't help that I read a horror book as a teen that featured a carnival and cemented the idea of a creepy carnival in my head. So when I saw this month's kit I immediately thought about using it to make a creepy carnival/It-themed card! Ha.
I'm pretty sure I can count on one hand the number of times I've intentionally set out to create a sepia or vintage-themed card. However when I saw the kit I immediately thought about the scene in the movie It (the original 1980s made-for-tv movie) where the kids are looking at a book with old photographs and there's carnival music playing and suddenly the photograph comes to life and the creepy clown pops up. There wasn't a clown stamp in the kit but I figured the red balloon was a pretty iconic image from that movie so I used it instead!
To start I blended Soft Brown ink around the edges of a piece of watercolor paper. Then I blended Cup O' Joe ink around the corners and edges to add a little darker shading. I deliberately kept the shading a little uneven to give it more of a natural look. I also added a little Gold ink to the edges.
Next I stamped the carousel with intense black ink and masked it with a post-it note. Then I stamped the park silhouette stamp across the panel with intense black ink. I removed the post-it mask and added a little shading with brown colored pencils. I also stamped the balloon and colored it with colored pencils. Then I stamped the sentiment with versamark and heat-embossed it with gold embossing powder. Finally I added a little nuvo crystal glaze to the balloon to a little extra shine. I definitely went in a horror movie-themed direction with my card but you could also use this technique to create a simple vintage look (without the evil clown)! ;)
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