Thursday, October 15, 2009

October Release Blog Hop

I'm here and I'm Hoppin'! (I feel like I've been 'hoppin' for the last month or so but that is another story. ) As Artful INKables grows, I find myself with less time to do what made me start the company in the first place...STAMP! So as I made this card today, I found myself falling in love with the craft all over again and I resolve to MAKE and SHARE more cards with you very soon! In the meantime, I want to send out a big thanks to both Holly and Joy for keeping it all together for me!! You both rock!

Two new sets are being released today, the one I will be showing is called Down on the Farm and the other set, being showcased by some of the DT, is named A Bird's Song. Both of these sets can be viewed over in our store under the "animals" category and will be featured on the front page there for the remainder of the release month.

I had fun with the design for this card...I've always been fond of framed farm scenes and though I didn't want to limit the images in the set by framing any of them in, I knew I would be framing some in my own work to share with you.




To create this scene, I stamped the farm and the tractor on white card stock, cut it down to the size I thought would work and then drew a black line frame (with a ruler) around the edges with a #3 black pen. Then I added little hatch marks to the line...I think they kinda look like barbed wire, don't you? I have to admit, I extended some of the lines for the fields to the line I drew but, in hindsight, it really wasn't necessary. Then I took the fence stamp in the set and stamped it on white 2 times, cut them both out and layered one on the other so I could extend it a bit further off the page. I colored the scene and the fence pieces with my Copic markers, assembled it and added the cork flower to the corner.

Now as you move on to Julie's blog, then the rest of the team's blogs after hers, you may see that there is a vast difference in the styles achieved with the Down on the Farm stamp set, which is something I'm quite proud of. This set is so versatile, that it can go from cutsie all the way to P. Buckley Moss style depending on what your needs are at the time.

Now, be sure to go check out both new sets in the store after you've hopped all the way through our blog hop. And be sure to comment on each and every blog in order to be eligible to win our BLOG HOP PRIZE DRAWING of both new sets. (winner will be announced Sunday October 18th) And remember, if you enter and win the blog hop prize for the month but have already placed an order, your original payment will be refunded. So no waiting necessary!

28 comments:

Crystal said...

This is fantastic Kristen, wow I love how you used this set, what a great scene and love the added fence!!!

Georgia said...

Love the card! You did a great job with the fence!!!

Heather said...

I love the "barbed wire" border!

Mary said...

Gorgeous card!

Mary

Patti J. said...

Wow! This is SO different from everything else out there in stampland! Wonderful set! I enjoyed reading your story of how you achieved the look, as well. Thanks for bringing us something new and different - great card!

Sarah Anderson said...

Great farm image, looks very peaceful

Jackie said...

What a wonderful card! I love how your scene turned out, it looks divine! I think I need to go visit a farm ;)

grandmamichelf said...

I like farm scenes! Your card is beautiful. Love the coloring on it! Definitely different from other stamp sets that I've seen. Very pleasing!

Sherry Campbell said...

Kristin- this card is so amazing! All the details you put into it are fantastic!! I was so excited to receive this set this month- my boyfriend is a farmer and I know I will use it a lot in the future. oh yeah- my boyfriend would be very happy that you colored the tractor RED. lol. He love International tractors too. :)

Anonymous said...

What a cute card! You did a great job with the scene.

Sandye/sgc

Dragonlady said...

Hi there,

This is a lovely scenic card, and love the colouring.

Ali x

jpmayo said...

Love this card!!

Velta said...

Oh Kristin~I just love these two new releases and thank you for sending me my goodies...I was so excited when I opened my mailbox...It felt like Christmas! You did an awesome job on this card and the image is another of your artistic masterpieces! I cannot wait to ink up my new "birds" and when I saw them all I could think of is what great Christmas stamps these will be...Be sure to check my blog now and again as I have so many of your images still to post!

Rachael said...

That is such a gorgeous stamp! I'm a farmer/stamper and am always looking for more adorable farm stamps and that one is awesome! You did a fabulous job coloring it in and I love your layout! TFS!

Julie Ranae said...

Great start to the hop....love your coloring on this...but then again, it's you! : )

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

This is awesome! I love the dimension you have created with the fence in the front! Wonderful creation!!

Barb said...

I just love everything about this one, great card.

Michele L. said...

Grat scenery! well done

Deborah Young said...

Kristin, this is so cute! I love your barbed wire - so original! Now, I may have to break down and buy Copics....darn it!

Tiffany's Epiphanies said...

How Exciting! Love the fall colors!

itsabrt said...

What a wonderful creation! Beth aka BR-t

Ida P. Krause said...

Awesome card. Love the scene you created with this fun set.

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

What an incredible card, Kristen! LOVE this! :)

Tami said...

oh that's so cool- I LOVE the scene!

Stampin_melissa said...

What a wonderful card Kristin! Love it!

Lisa Kind said...

Kristin! This is fabulous! I love everything about it...the colors, the coloring, the layout, everything! Congrats on another great release!

Kristine said...

So cool!

Teresa Kline aka va.sunshine said...

this is fabuloue, I adore the image....great job!


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