Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Special Stamp Release - True North

I was *thrilled* to get my inky hands on the latest STAMPlorations release - True North. I happen to love lighthouses and so this set was a must have for me.

As soon as those polymer babies were in my hands, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. So I pulled out my Distress Inks and set to work!



 
I did a tutorial a couple weeks ago about how to sponge ink and then use transparent texture paste to get a great raised surface. This starburst was a result of that!
 
Then I kept the sponging going! I used a blue-gray shade of Distress Inks (Stormy Sky) to create a sky background, and then a darker blue (Faded Jeans) to create my water.
 
 
Then I used my darkest blue Distress Inks (Chipped Sapphire) through the Tribal Swirls stencil to give a retro-mod feel of waves.

Next, I used some torn and crumpled cardstock to create "rocks" for my lighthouse to sit on. I sponged the rocks with Pumice Stone and then added Black soot to the raised areas before sprinkling with bits of Black Soot Distress Spray Stain.

Then I stamped and colored my lighthouse with Spectrum Noir Markers and put it all together!

As you can see - I distressed up the lightbeams a bit (couldn't help myself). Even through there are some awesome sentiments in this set, I opted to not stamp one on this particular creation because there is already a lot going on.

http://stamplorations.com/truenorth/

Hey! Do you want to win this set? Then head on over to STAMPlorations because Shery is giving it away! Leave a comment here and then hop on over to the STAMPblog. Some very lovely other creations have been made by my fellow STAMPteamies so go take a peek!

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Cardz 4 Guyz - You rock (hey, there's a rock in it) :)
City Crafter Challenge - Paste It
Craft Stamper - Take it Make it - Ink Stitch Paint Collage Print Paper - I used lots of ink, made my rocks with collaged paper, and created my own print with the stencil!
Just us Girls - Trend week - Use stencils

59 comments:

  1. Beautiful card Becca! The idea for the rocks is just brilliant...

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  2. Love how you made the rocks Becca, the lighthouse looks splendid shining out for all to see! :)

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  3. Wow, Becca, this is amazing! Those rocks look so real. Awesome sauce!!!

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  4. Love those light rays Becca, so awesome. Love the stamping, too so fabulous!~kim

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  5. You've done several really fun techniques on this!! Awesome card!! :)

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  6. Great techniques on this beautiful scene Becca! Julia xx

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  7. Oh, love how you made the background for this great masculine Lighthouse card. Thank you for sharing:)

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  8. Becca, I've become so fond of your work but this is truly over the top magnificent! What a vision! Love those rays of light, just beaming with a sense of pride and hope and light to say "Im here for you!" Gorgeous burst of color, love the lighthouse and yes, indeed you have rocks :) Gorgeous, gorgeous! ♥

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  9. love the way the light house just pops on that sunburst background Becca !!

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  10. Fantastic Becca. I love the lighthouse but the rock looks like it is real!!

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  11. Geez...awesome creation. Your lighthouse fairly pops off the card with the beacon's rays behind it. And those rocks...what can I say...just, WOW!

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  12. oh wow becca! this came out fabulously!!! :) love all the inking!!

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  13. love your techniques! beautiful card!!

    Alicia

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  14. Hi Becca!! I love.loved* your card! Those rays with clear embossing steal the show and that stamp set is really yummy! Loved how you have creatively used crumbled paper for rocks and that stenciling is simply perfect! :)

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  15. Very cool card. I really love how you make the lighthouse light. Thanks for the inspiration

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  16. Reading and looking at your post I am must admit I am impressed. And blown away bu the result. Stunning! And prefection in every detail. Thank you so much for joining us this week at CCCB!

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  17. A great molding of a scene-I always love your layers and how your vision turns to gold and this time, beams of light

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  18. by the result and I meant perfection; my apologies for my typing:)

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  19. Hello my friend!! I'm back from vacation and stopping by to see what I've missed while I was gone - and it was so much!! I'm so, so sorry I didn't get the chance to participate in your Hop to Stop. I would have loved to join in and I'm sad I missed it. I would have loved to support the cause.

    Your card is absolutely stunning!! I, too, adore lighthouses!! You've showcased this one perfectly!! The burst of light looks amazing!! Gorgeous card!! Have a great day :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  20. Well, you've made yet another incredible inky creation, my friend! LOVE the star burst as sun and your graphic stenciled waves. I would have thought the rocks were part of that amazing lighthouse stamp, but YOU MADE THEM! Awesome card! Thanks for joining us at Just Us Girls!

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  21. Wow!! Wonderful make!! I think this card is perfect for male and also for a lot of female...! Love so much the symbols shown in it: the rock, the lighthouse, the rays of the sun... and the sea in storm that however has an order, has been "tamed" ... ;D They are all very positive elements: wish is firm, the light shines clear and gives serenity!! Amazing! Congrats! I also would have seen it very well in purple :D Thanks so much for the step by step explanation of your make, the trasparent paste gives a stunning popout to the stamps (I must try!!) and your distress inking is just wonderful!

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  22. WHOA! Artsy Becc came out to play....& made a card showing a fabulous day.....I want to sit and look awhile....your card with this scene....it made me........ yeah, g'arn....fill in the missing word!!!

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  23. Simply stunning... so tactile. I want to touch it! :)
    hugs, Asha

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  24. Love the embossed rays. Fab lighthouse. Hugz

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  25. Really lovely card Becca! I like lighthouses and coastal themed stamps too - you have impeccable taste!

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  26. Great card -- you've used some really interesting techniques, too.

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  27. Beautiful! I love those stenciled rays with the translucent paste and the "waves". Thanks for playing with us at JUGS!

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  28. Becca this is an amazing card - love the dimension, the texture and the wonderful atmosphere you have created .
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  29. Wow, this is gorgeous! I have a thing for lighthouses too and I love this set and I especially love the card you made with it.

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  30. Wonderful Becca! Love this lighthouse with so many beautiful textures and great lightening work! Love your awesome techniques, how cleverly you played with your toys!

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  31. What a beautiful card and I love that texture paste sunburst!!

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  32. WOWZA did this ever turn out to be an incredibly PRETTY card!!!

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  33. FABULOUS lightouse Becca - this would be a SUPER addition to the Inkspirational "Glow" challenge too!!!

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  34. Really liked the way you have created the light effect for the light house

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  35. Becca this is incredible. Love the colours!

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  36. Really love this card using the new stamp set Becca. As my man loves sailing I must get this set.xx

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  37. Now I do like this! The colours, the layout and the techniques, fabulous. I looked at your tips about embossing pastes etc and thanks for the inspiration. Thank you too for stopping by my blog and your kind comments and yes so long as you use the right EP and mixing ingredient it is possible to use the paste on black card and it will show. I first tried mixing the lindys stamp gang mixables with translucent paste and putting it onto the black card...Duh!!! Some EP are not so opaque but as you'll know it's trial and error and that's what I enjoy, experimenting and having fun x

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  38. Meant to say a great take on the rock theme x Loving this card x

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  39. It's wonderful!! Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!!

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  40. I LOVE your card! I know that stencil is Tribal Swirls, but every time I see it, it reminds me of Greece, with the distinctive pattern. So, your card completely reminds me of the beautiful white washed lighthouses and buildings on the coast of Greece, especially with the bright sun rays and the blue pattern on the bottom. I LOVE it!
    Take care!
    Michele

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  41. Love your scene Becca! The sun is so bold and striking in that beautiful sky. I also think the waves are very out-side the box and unique! It works well. Love your eye for ART! Thanks for joining us over at Just Us Girls for trend week!

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  42. This is a work of art, Becca!!! Good enough to frame!!! Beautiful!!!!
    Have a great day!!!

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  43. Wow...I also love lighthouses...and this card is spectacular.

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  44. Oh my what a fabulous piece of ART!

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  45. Beautiful scene! I love the sun and the outreaching rays.....beautifully done! Thanks for joining us at Just Us Girls!

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  46. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Cardz 4 Guyz, good luck!!! Amy DT

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  47. I just gasped out loud. I received funny looks. ;) seriously though. ...That is so amazing. Gorgeous. Love it!!

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  48. Love that lighthouse and the Distress Inks are just perfect with it. Wonderful masculine card.

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  49. A very clever card Becca. Thanks for shring with us at Cardz 4 Guyz. Caz DT

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  50. What a clever take on the theme this week at Cardz For Guyz
    Hugs Sharon DT

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  51. FANTASTIC!!! I'm trying to get some inspiration and saw your big bold design shining from the gallery and had to say how much I love it!

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  52. Wow, such a a striking design! Thanks for joining us at CraftSTamper TIMI challenge :-)

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  53. Such an awesome project!

    Thank you for joining us in the Craft Stamper challenge!
    xxx Ellie Knol xxx

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  54. Love this!! Fabulous design ..... Thank you for joining in with the Craft Stamper Challenge .... good luck! Linda xx

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