Howdy!  This is my first post for a few days as I haven’t been able to stamp.  I finally got my hands inky last night even though I got home from work after 7:00 p.m. I just had to have a little stamping therapy after what was a very hard day on the job.  I made this card for the Sketch Challenge on SCS. 

I thought the layout would be perfect to create a western themed card with my new KK Originals Cowboy images and border from Rubbernecker Stamp Company. There isn’t much to say about the technique of the card as it is fairly straight forward.  I stamped the two main images with Stazon and painted with Vintage Photo and Adirondack Rust reinkers and cut out. I used two layers of designer paper for the base that I distressed along the edges and applied Vintage Photo Distress ink with a sponge. I created the border of horses by stamping with Vintage Photo and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I love the Distress inks because they are juicy enough to emboss with.  I distressed the edges of the horse border and then sponged some Vintage Photo along the ground area. I created a layer for behind the horses by sponging Vintage Photo on a piece of kraft paper and embossing with a cuttlebug folder to create the look of snake skin.  I did the same with the layering piece behind the main image as well. I took the ink pad and ran it directly over the raised areas of the pieces to create another layer of color to show of the skin look. I got sort of wild with the snake skin and actually embossed the boots as well but I’m not sure it shows in the photo.  I created the main image layer by popping up the hat, boots and larger horse and added a piece of twine to finish it off. This was a fun project and great stress relief from my work day.  I just couldn’t stay up long enough last night to photograph it and write my article.


Stamps:  All Images and Sentiment from Rubbernecker KK Originals Western Collection

Paper:  Stampin’ Up! Designer Paper, Chocolate Chip and Naturals Vanilla, Watercolor

Ink:  Adirondack Rust Dye Reinker, Ranger Distress Vintage Photo Ink and Reinker

Accessories:  Embossing Powder, Cuttlebug, Twine, Sponges and Daubers, Watercolor Brush, Distress Tool, Glue Dots