Amidst all the comings and goings and phone calls this morning I found a little stamp time. Of course, I actually need plenty of stamp time and hope that I will have the rest of the afternoon. Well, at least until 4:00 – that’s when Reba comes on. Hopefully I’ll get one of those second winds today and be ready to hit the studio again around 8:00. Since I’ve had my week of back to basic stamping, I feel rejuvenated and ready to work.
I checked in on the Splitcoast Color Challenge last night before I went to bed, and had an idea in my head immediately. I had forgotten about it this morning and completely changed what I was going to do. I love this image of the Rural Mailbox from Northwoods Stamps and since I’ve done a back to basic card with watercoloring in reinkers, I decided to redo it with Copic Markers.


The image was stamped in Brilliance Graphite Black on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White and then colored with Copics. I picked up the Bashful Blue ink in the background by lightly watercoloring in a rough way, then went back over with a sponge dauber in a circular motion to blend the color. The image was mounted on Chocolate Chip (which isn’t part of the challenge today, but I so needed to use it) and then mounted on Old Olive. Using a wider piece of More Mustard, I made a half frame by making the photo corners and attaching them over the image to the back panel with brads. All of the edges were sponged with Tim Holtz Ranger Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink. To add a little more oomph to the card, I cut a piece of Old Olive just slightly smaller that the card (which is 5.5 square) and stamped Linen in Old Olive. The edges were also sponged in the Distress Ink. Ribbon is wrapped around the bottom panel and the bow is attached to the side of the main image with Hodgepodge Hardware. The top frame panel is raised on mounting tape.

Stamps: SU Linen; Rural Mailbox by Northwoods Rubber Stamps

Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; SU Old Olive, Chocolate Chip and More Mustard

Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black; SU Old Olive and Bashful Blue

Accessories: Copic Markers, Offray Ribbon, Hodgepodge Hardware, Square Punches, Sponge Dauber, Mounting Tape

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