This weekend was Virtual Stamp Night on Splitcoaststampers, what fun! This time around, I wasn’t able to complete all the challenges, but I got quite a few done. I will be posting some of the cards I did, but for now you can see them on my VSN Gallery page. There were 5 challenges posted on Friday night and I finished them all, but I did combine 2, Getting There and Journey Through the Ages. I used the VW Bug from Stampin’ Up! Groovy for my transportation and to depict my time period. The last challenge of the night was ~ Landmarks and Locations, make a card or project using Landmarks and Locations as your inspiration. I chose Shenandoah National Park for my inspiration, more specifically, the Rose River Trail, one of our favorite hikes. The Rose River Trail is a 4 mile moderate circuit hike on a shady trail that follows the Rose River, really a stream, and features several cascades and a waterfall. This is a picture I took of the cascades on our last visit in July, 2009. It is easy to see why I chose this as my inspiration!
For my card, I used the Stampscapes Babbling Brook. This was my first time using a Stampscapes stamp and it was fun. I didn’t have time to do a whole scene, so I just used the stamp as is. I stamped the image in Momento Black on Ranger Glossy Cardstock. It is amazing how vibrant the colors are on this cardstock! I started my coloring by sponging the water with Pool Party and the upper part with Soft Sky. I continued layering color, heat setting the colors in between. I sponged with Baja Blue, Tempting Turquoise, Island Indigo and Night of Navy, moving outward with the darker colors, adding a little bit of Yo Yo Yellow in the lighter areas. I used Close to Cocoa and Vintage Photo Distress Ink to color the rocks. I added the finishing touches with Taken with Teal and Close to Cocoa markers, then lightly sprayed with a sealer before adding the accents with a White Signo Gel Pen. I matted in Basic Black and Taken with Teal and mounted on a Taken with Teal card base. I am really looking forward to using my other Stampscapes stamps now!