Wednesday 23 March 2011

Little reader

I'm combining challenges again today - Effie is providing a fortnightly sketch over on UKStampers (this is number 6) and in the Crafty Secrets member forum at Splitocoast Stampers, Marcy has challenged us to layer up our images this week.

Here I've layered the hands onto the book, the book onto the little reader and the little reader onto the stack of books (so four images all together). I used scraps of card between each layer so there's a little dimension but not too much. Perhaps it's because I have always been an avid reader myself that this is one one of my favourite stamps ever!

There's a lady in my area who runs a little enterprise called "What Katy did next". She sells lots of recyled stuff aimed at the crafter - one of the things she does is rescue pages from books that are not fit for resale through charity shops etc and puts them together into packs of 50 assorted pages. You could get anything from Beano album pages through sheet music and atlas pages! My pack had quite a few children's story book pages and I've used one of them here. I rubbed gesso onto the page with my finger (using a Nestie as a stencil) and doodled a border round it to create a little "story world" for him.

Mats and decorative strips are all coloured with Copics to match the colours I used on the image.

Story of Me (Clear Art Stamps by Crafty Secrets)

Old book page
Smooth white

Adirondack by Ranger (Espresso)
Distress ink by Ranger (Vintage Photo)

Copic Markers
Tim Holtz Alterations die by Sizzix (Brackets)
Vintage buttons
Nestability by Spellbinder (used as stencil)
Zig drawing pen
Sewing machine and thread

Thanks for stopping by!


Kaz said...

I love it Joanne! You're right it is a fab stamp.
What a brilliant idea for that shop - is she online at all, she'd make a fortune? xxx

Laura Tee said...

Beautiful card! Love the stamp and the book page as a background.

Sid said...

Gorgeous card !!

Dotty Jo said...

This is brilliant Joanne! Love the way you've used that page and highlighted the little reader. As a librarian this little card really calls to me! Jo x

Lisa Silver said...

This is darling, Joanne!

Hazel said...

Such a sweet image and I love the monochrome. And that card for a monster (sorry, I mean boy - lol!) below is great fun. x

Hearts Turned said...

Oh, I just love this card, Joanne! One of my favorite little boy images...and you did such a beautiful job with him!

Hope you're having a wonderful day, my friend!


Effie said...

That's a fab card!

Netty said...

Terrific card and love your little boy reading. Annette x

Tineke said...

What a beautiful card!
The background is also super!
Greetings, Tineke

Beth said...

Hi Joanne, love this little card and the little boy's chubby legs. Your colours are superb and it's a truly lovely little card. XX

Anonymous said...

This is absolutely wonderful!! You did a great job in capturing the essence of this stamp - thanks for sharing the details. BTW this is a favorite of mine too. I love children's books : )

Have A Great Day!

sam21ski said...

Gorgeous card Jo xxxx

Alison said...

I love this card, it's gorgeous Joanne! Such a sweet stamp! x