Monday, December 16, 2013

"We'll Always Have Paris..."

Welcome to Viva Las Vegastamps! Susan here today to share a page in my Christmas Holiday Travelogue that I started last year {CLICK HERE to see the post}. A lot of new challenges have popped up that peaked my interest: one being the "Place: Paris" Challenge 154 at Drunken Stampers and also an "Ombré" Challenge #6 at Craft Stamper's Take It Make It Challenge. Many years back my hubs and I travelled to Europe and visited Paris in April. That year I photoshopped a wreath and some festive hats and I had some Christmas postcards printed. One of these has been posted on the side of my fridge so I snagged it and gave it a permanent home with stamped goodness!

I prepared my AMAZING No-Gelatin Printing Plate made from Amazing Mold Rubber and applied three colors of Ranger Distress Paint; Antique Linen, Weathered Wood and Stormy Sky.


With a brayer, I gently rolled to blend the colors to create an "ombré" effect. Pretty simple, right?

The great thing about this AMAZING No-Gelatin Printing Plate, is I made it to a size of my preference {this one is approx. 6" x 7"} perfect for art journaling and altered book pages. I have several other sizes AND SHAPES as well. I aligned it to my recycled day planner, now Christmas Holiday Travelogue; with darkest color at top and pressed directly to page.

I flipped it over and rubbed it down, then gently peeled back revealing the beautiful perfect gradation from dusky blue to creme. Now to make another ombré to fill the bottom half of the page.

I prepared my AMAZING No-Gelatin Printing Plate again with Ranger Distress Paint; this time Antique Linen, Bundled Sage and Forest Moss. I repeated the steps as before with brayer and applied with darkest green at the bottom of page.

Completed ombré on page. There is some texture to my green on the base because one of my paints gushed out all over the place when I went to add a little more of the mid range color. So between pix - I made up some additional monoprints with all the overspilled paint.


I stamped with Stone Grey StazOn on vellum cardstock, then painted Ranger Snow Cap Adirondack Acrylic paint to the backside to make the paper more opaque.

No stamping project is complete without some good old fashioned "fussy cutting".

After trimming out the polaroid centers, I brushed the edges with a few chalk inks. Then I layered the frames and mounted to my postcard using Miracle Tape. Once affixed - the frames get one final trim out to leave me two faux layered polaroids containing one continuous photo.

Using the Stone Grey StazOn I stamped a variety of Parisienne themed images and some script {all listed below} to form a collage; and added a few strips of my DIY Miracle Tissue Tape {CLICK HERE for details} as a base to ground my photos upon. It only took 13+ years - but now this trip is properly documented with a perfect painted sky to tie it all together :)

"We'll Always Have Paris..."

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Sandra Strait said...

I don't think I've ever seen the Ombre effect done better!

Tera Callihan said...

This is positively beautiful!!

Barbara Godden said...

Fabulous page, Thanks for playing along with us at the Drunken Stampers for the Paris challenge

Chelle (PhotoArt/MaybeCreative) said...

Absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for drinking with us this week.

Chris Dring said...

This is such an amazing journal page! A LOT of love went into the making of it! Thanks for playing along with the Drunken Stampers Paris challenge!

Karen Schroeder said...

Wow! Love the ombré technique! The Paris stamps you used on your travelogue page are amazing! Thanks for joining the party at Drunken Stampers!

Angelnorth said...

Great way to achieve the ombre effect - fabulous page! Thanks for joining us in the Craft Stamper challenge!

Donna said...

Stunning!! Thanks for playing along with the "Paris" challenge at Drunken Stampers this week!!

Diane said...

Tres chic! The ombre is gorgeous!! Thanks for joining the Drunken Stampers on our Paris challenge!

Karen Schroeder said...

Congrats on being chosen to be our Life of the Party at Drunken Stampers!

Anneke said...

Beautiful lay-out, great ombre effect too! Thanks for taking part in the CS challenge!

Riikka Kovasin said...

Spectacular! Love the step images! Thank you for joining the CS challenge!

Trish Latimer said...

Love this! The ombré effect is stunning, wonderful steps too! Thank you for joining in with the ombré Craft Stamper challenge!