Monday, March 23, 2009

Chorus Line, Anyone?

I woke up thinking about Michael Flatley and the Riverdance musical. Why? I don't know, but there's no accounting for dreams, I suppose. Anyway, it got me to thinking about my Dancing Dogs stamp set by JessicaLynn Original stamps and wondering if I could make a chorus line with them. The short answer is YES, I can! That train of thought turned into the making of a photo tutorial which I shall endeavour to do here. This is my first time doing a photo tutorial, so please, bear with me.

The technique I used on my card is masking and this is what I know about masking: you need to stamp the image you want in the forefront first, mask it, and then stamp your secondary image so that it will appear as if it is behind the main image. Clear enough? No, well here are the step-by-step pictures.

Step 1:

Stamp your first image onto your cardstock. Then stamp it again onto a post-it-note and cut it out.

Step 2:

Place the post-it-note stamped image over top of the main image on your cardstock.

Step 3:

Now stamp the image you want to have in the background. Don't worry about your post-it-note image getting messy, it's supposed to be that way.

Step 4:

See how the top image appears to be behind the first stamped image. Perfect! From this point, I just carried on stamping my chorus line of dancing dogs.

Step 5:

See the fourth dog from the left. He's dancing to the tune of a different drummer!

Step 6:

This step is optional because I wanted to make the dog in the bottom left, whom I shall now call the "emmcee", to really stand out. I stamped him twice more onto plain cardstock, coloured him up and cut him out.

Can you see how he stands out as you layer one image on top of the other? I did it twice for a really good "pop".

And now for the finished card.

I coloured all the images with Copic markers. Because this is a busy card with all the Dancing Dogs, I didn't want to use too much patterned paper, but it needed some colour in the white space. The Dancing Dog set comes with the Treble Clef and the Note on one stamp. I used three different ink colours: Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery and So Saffron. The sentiment is computer-generated and layered over some Two Scoops DP by Basic Grey. The addition of the little "Pearls" were meant to look like lights on a marquee. The dimensions of the finished card is 3-3/4" x 8-1/2" and it will fit perfectly into a No. 10 size envelope.


Jennifer said...

How cute!! I love this card and the sentiment too. :)

mudmaven said...

Barb this is just adorable! Great card. ~chris

Wombat said...

Barb, this is one of the most amazing cards I have ever seen!! I love how the dogs are colored and that it will fit in a #10 envelope.


NormaJ said...

This is a fun card Barb. Which one is Michael? The dude in the corner or the "different drummer"
one. LOL. It's a different stamp,
one I haven't seen before. Love it.

Anonymous said...

I don't do stamping, but I love it and appreciate all that has gone into it! I saw the show, now with Michael Flatley, but it was an experience. I think the one on the left looks like him.

Barb, I tried to e-mail you privately about our kitties, it's bouncing. Can you please send me your address, thanks.

wendyp said...

too cute!!!

Allison said...

Lovely work with all that masking...a great chorus line of dogs!

mollymoo951 said...

OH MY! This is really cute! I'll have to try this with my Cocker Spaniel set!

Cindi said...

so cute!! great job masking!! this is such a fun card

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