Friday, 12 September 2008

Use your talents

Kathy has set this week's DCM challenge, she'd like us to use this quote on our cards in some way:

Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.
Henry Van Dyke

I had this image in my head straight away - I measured the size of the journal block stamp and printed out the quote from my PC into a box that size then used a stamp positioner to stamp over the top of the writing. I masked the block and stamped with two background stamps then sponged various inks over the woodgrain. I added a little bit of pencil colouring on the bird, a touch of white gel pen to hightlight some of the swirls and a drop shadow with a Copic. Two antique brass jumbo eyelets finish off the rustic look. I spritzed with Glimmer Mist too but that's really hard to pick up with the camera so you'll have to imagine the subtle shimmer, I'm afraid!

Hope you're enjoying using your own special talents today, thanks for visiting!

Stamps: Journal Box, Wood grain and Spanish Script backgrounders (all Cornish Heritage Farms)

Ink: Tim Holtz Distress ink by Ranger (Antique Linen, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain)

Other: Prismacolor pencils, Copic marker, extra large eyelets (We R Memory Keepers), Inkssentials white pen by Ranger, Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels (Antique Brass), PC and printer

23 comments:

Lythan said...

What an absolutely wonderful card. I'm always too chicken to try masking but you show that the trouble is worth it!

Hazel said...

Wow! You were quick with this one, Joanne. It's a smashing card - you are so talented.

Sue said...

What a well finished card and such a super idea. Sue x

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

This is fantastic Joanne!!! LOVE that quote and LOVE even more what you have done with it!!! Your work just amazes me ... you have such great ideas ... so inspiring!! AWESOME card my friend!!!

Karen said...

WOW!!!!!!! its perfect love XXX

Pascalebrad said...

This depicts exactly what the quote says great.
Pascale :)

Jozza said...

Very quick off the mark and it's an absolute cracker of a card!

xxx

PS. Thanks for the tip for closing my door! I never thought of using a photo turn!! (my excuse is it was late and I was tired)

Janice said...

I like that idea Joanne. Did we every get to see your stamp positioner?

Suzie said...

Beautiful!!

Susan (Sue H) said...

Oh wow Joanne, that is one truly amazing card and such attention to detail.

Jackie said...

Gorgeous as usual, Joanne.

Pammyp said...

JOanne this is the most beautiful card; it has so much meaning to it you did a marvelous job! I love your work....

KAT said...

Love your wood grain background... it looks real in the photo!

joey said...

this is fantastic! I love it.x

Kinglake said...

love it !!!!! xx jo xx

Louly said...

That's amazing! You're so blummin talented!

Flower said...

Wow, this is beautiful! I love the wood and metal earthy feel.

CraftyC said...

A gorgeous card, love how you've mounted the sentiment!
Clairex

EllePiggo said...

Stunning - just love it. :)

Vanessa.

Kathy said...

This is beautiful - absolutely stunning work Joanne

Silvergirl said...

Such amazing technique in your card! Love it!

Hugs,
lise

carolinejane said...

lovely, lovely lovely!
Gorgeous cards Joanne on this post and previous.....x

Hazel said...

I've been awarded a 'helpful blogger' award by Claire and would like to pass it on to you. Details are on my blog - please link back to me and feel free to pass it on.