The challenge this week for our one layer Wednesday card from Susan at Simplicity is to make a one layer sympathy card (hoping I don't need it!) but there can be no flowers or trees. I didn't realize that most of my stamps are flowers and trees! Now, there's a problem! LOL! I finally found these seashell stamps that are some of the first stamps I ever bought from Stampin Up. I don't even think they've seen ink that often.
I stamped the long small stamp first, then masked it and stamped the large shell, masked both shells and finally stamped the sand dollar behind both of them. I must admit I practiced about 4 or 5 times before I found an arrangement that I liked. When I finished stamping, the shells looked kind of barren and lonely, so I shaded them slightly with my Copics (pink and several browns). Then they looked like they were floating, so I colored a bit with my Copics in a light, light pink under the shells, then sponged some ink around the bottom of the shells too. A final touch was to add a few brown lines with Copics and then highlighting the brown lines with my white Signo pen. I did have to re-make the card once because I stamped the sentiment and managed to get a big blob of ink on the background! All in all, I'm kinda happy with the way it turned out, and it'll be good to have a sympathy card on hand...hoping I won't need it!
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