I supposed the one redeeming feature of Mondays is Make Me Laugh Monday. I know that despite the fact that I really didn't want another week to start and I just wanted to keep playing with my crayons, you guys will make me laugh today.
So get started! Leave the comment that makes me laugh the most and you'll win the contents of this post and maybe a little something extra!
I love design blogs.
I'm not talking about stamping blogs, I mean people who design furniture, or graphics or clothing or fabric.
I subscribe to them because I get a lot of inspiration from them. In the case of today's tutorial, I was inspired by these beautiful tiles featured on the Bloesem blog - a blog that is on Martha Stewart's blogroll if that tells you anything - and one that I learned about from one of my contacts at Mindbites.
As soon as I saw the post with these tiles I was so excited that Stampin' Up! made the set I could use to recreate it for you!!
So here we go. More fun with silhouette stamps, yes?
First, I inked up the bird from Good Friend (not to be confused with Great Friend, as I did while hunting through the bookcase for the set) in Sahara Sand, and stamped off once on my mat before stamping it onto Sahara Sand cardstock. I just wanted a faint outline to work with.
Then, I used a variety of opaque pens (got 72 of them from Costco for $6!!) to draw the spots on the bird. Is that turquoise the sassiest thing EVER??
Then, I used my white pencil to fill in the bird around the spots. The white gel pen would not be great for this technique because there would be little lines - it doesn't do a smooth fill, so I though the pencil would look better for filling such a large area.
To increase the contrast, I took my .01 black Sakura micron to outline the bird. Unfortunately, I had just had a tall coffee frappucino with double coffee so it's not as straight as it could be :) but I think it makes it crazy fun!That's it!
Such a simple and fun little ditty - very crisp and modern, and probably not like what you've seen with this little birdie.So the Monday design lesson is - never limit inspiration! Lots of people love their artistic brands - whether you are a Stampin' Up! chick like me, or you love MFT (wait - I love them too) or Hero Arts or Doodle Factory (*sigh*) - look everywhere for ideas and you will have more fun with your toys.
And is there anything we need more on a stupid Monday than FUN??? :D
Now - go forth and make me laugh!!!
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