Saturday, 4 September 2010

Ecoline pear

Here's another card I made with that Ecoline background. This part was a bit more yellow and brown so I thought this lovely pear image would be a good choice. There are also some lovely gold blobs, which don't show up too well in the scan (they're near the little pears and the leaf). The colours seemed a little flat, so I sponged on some red (Aged Mahogany) in some blue (Broken China) through sequin waste (I get such a charge out of using that - must be some sort of "geeks are cool" thrill or something, since I tend to lump sequin waste in with plastic canvas in terms of its crafty desirability [hope I don't get waves of subscription cancellations and an inbox full of flames now...] ;time to end the punctuation madness I think: when in doubt, stop.)

Any....way..... I stamped the pear with Ranger black archival ink and coloured the leaf a little with a pencil crayon. I really loved the image at this point. However, I was stumped as to what to do with it. I hemmed and hawed and dithered for quite some time. I didn't want to wreck it or overwork it (see last post). Finally I realized it needed corner punches. So punched the corners, and belatedly realized it didn't need those corners at all. Still, I look beyond the offending notches to the inner beauty of the image, which I help the eye to do with the little sketchy frame lines. These are easy to do: just tilt the ruler a bit so the lines cross. It's way easier to do a frame like this than one that is all measured and even. Actually, this may not be true if you are a neat and tidy precision stamper. I know a few of them and they are probably having heart palpitations at the thought of making crooked frames. I will hazard a guess, though, that they are not lining up to make fling-and-blob backgrounds such as this though! :-)

I matted the image on some Early Espresso (SU) and curry tsumugi. This panel is popped up on foam tape and the piece behind it is a lovey dark brown and vanilla pattern from the Granola 6x6 pack (BasicGrey). The card base is 5x5" vanilla (PTI).

That's it! I have one more project from this piece of Ecoline to post. I'll try to get to that tomorrow.

NSR: Kidlets had a sleepover at the cousins' last night, so DH and I went out and played pool with my brother and his wife. It was great. We haven't been out as couples since before the kids were born. It was a blast. Hubby and I went out for a wonderful brunch at Stoneface Dolly's on Preston this morning. They have the best brunches. Yum yum! Homemade lemonade, homemade molasses bread, amazing omelet, yum yum yum. I wasn't hungry again till dinner! If you're in Ottawa, I highly recommend Stoneface Dolly's, especially for brunch. (Go early, I'm not the only one who feels this way - it was hopping!)


  1. Oh to be in Ottawa, sounds fantastic.Stoneface Dolly's , what a great name- and to have someone else make brunch instead of it being you sorting out the kidlets (usually a lot earlier no doubt) must have been a treat and a half.

    You have a fabulous colour sense and way of thinking out loud when you write your blog, I love it
    Take care x Jo

  2. I'm loving the last two cards. The colours are great. I'm loving the wispy shadowy stuff going on. I really love your frame. I think the notch looks great with the frame - think coppery bronzy wire. I think you may deserve and order of Canada for all the smiles you spread around - Nimmy