Wednesday, 8 February 2012

In orbit

The theme for this month's postcard swap on UK Stampers is "circles". I started thinking about orbits and planets and came up with this. As ever, our swap postcards need to be posted without an envelope so ink and stamps with no stuck on embellishments is the way I chose to go...

It's something that actaully needs some movement to show it off to best advantage - I used an interference ink to stamp a map of the stars as a background and of course that's nigh on impossible to capture with a photo - it's a green ink so it looks a bit like the image on an old computer screen. If you tilt the card so that you can see the star map, the sentiment pretty much disappears!

The planets were inked with both positive and negative masks in place to give them the appearance of overlapping. I used a tiny bit of watered down gesso to give a "glow" underneath.

The Waltzingmouse stamp set was great for this as there are three different sizes of flower so I could add a bit of patterning to each planet using a stamp that was the right scale.

Stamps:
Reach for the Stars and Astrology Scrapblock (both CHF, retired)
Big Blooms Chrysanthemums (Waltzingmouse Stamps)

Paper:
Smooth white

Ink:
Tim Holtz Distress ink by Ranger (Black Soot, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick)
Opalite by Tsukineko (Cypress Frost)
Colorbox pigment ink by Clearsnap (Frost White)

Other:
Punches and Nesties to make circle masks
Corner Chomper
Gesso


Thanks for stopping by!


9 comments:

Kath said...

Very dramatic, Joanne, and I love the sentiment.

Karen said...

WOW! Joanne, those planets are so beautifully coloured. Love the pattern on them, the whole card is really impressive xxx

Effie said...

That's a fab bit of stamping... A great postcard.

gardenpinks said...

Love the sentiment and the planets theme. Would love to see the stars lol

Salamanda's Scrappy Adventures said...

I want to tilt it back and forth to see that effect. Great postcard and colours.

Sid said...

Fantastic design !!

Rachelxx said...

Stunning postcard Joanne!

Kathy said...

ooooh this is soooo striking and fabulous

Pam said...

Fantastic-love the dimension with the shading!!