Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Wee & Whimsical Wednesday

Good morning, crafty friends! Well, it's official, Fall is here. In celebration, I thought it would be fun to use the Lockhart Itty Bitty Scarecrow along with a bunch of great Inchie Arts products to create a fall note card.

To begin, I embossed the card front of an Inchie Note with a herringbone embossing folder (nothing says fall to me as much as herringbone!). This color was from the Wild Sherbet collection. Then, I chose a fall-feel piece of paper from my Inchie Papers and stitched the edges with my sewing machine.

To create the Inchie Squares, I first created a mask of the Scarecrow from a Post-It Note. Don't worry about the time that the mask takes to create - you can always reuse it. I really enjoy taking my time with masks now that I have the Copic Airbrush system hooked up to my compressor (I was just chatting with Sharon Harnist about this the other day; now that I'm not worried about my Copic air cans running out, I'm airbrushing like crazy!). I've been making masks like crazy around here; depending on the size of the piece that I'm creating a mask for, I use either Post-It Notes, Eclipse tape or just regular paper with repositionable adhesive on the back. I store my masks right on the stamp (block or packaging), that way I always know where it is.

I moved along by stamping my Inchie Square with black ink (I honestly can't remember if I used Memento or Versafine here, but it was one of them! It may have been Versafine, because I tend to prefer that with pencils and save the Memento for Copics). I applied my mask right over the stamped image, then airbrushed with YR0000; I removed the mask and started coloring the image with colored pencils. The colors that I used were really fall-inspired, Tuscan Red, Artichoke, Ginger Root and Mineral Orange. I was left with a great Autumn Inchie! I was so in love with this image and how well it turned out that I created a second for a binder clip (wouldn't these be fun for Thanksgiving placecard holders?!). Here's a closer look:

To finish the card, you can see that I layered the Inchie Square with the Inchie Paper that I stitched and adhered it all to the great embossed Inchie Note. I inked the edges and added a little bit of Copper Stickles for a little more visual interest. Of course, I couldn't resist adding a stamped scarecrow to the front of my envelope, too! (The envelope is 4-Bar sized and included with the Inchie Notes; since square cards cost more to mail, this is a great way to be able to mail your note with the standard postage.)

As always, I'd love to see what you're creating with your Inchies! Link them in your comment - I can't wait to see them! Be well.


Eileen Hull said...

So fall-ish! I really like the binder clip idea.

Sharon Harnist said...

You airbrushing fool (wink)! This scarecrow is adorable, Jenn -- I was just thinking of pulling him out to color, too! Love your binder clip idea!