Thursday, December 6, 2012

Make it Monday: Me Siento, Fresca

Vivian here today to share with you a layout documenting a recent frolic in the pool with our pooches.  If you've been to Vegas during the summer months, you know what it feels like to "bake" under our very powerful desert sun.  We are so very thankful for our pool - without it, I'd constantly be whining, wilting like a delicate flower lol.  A few days ago, my man and I brought the dogs in for a respite from the 110 degree weather.  For our boy cocker, Mabu, the pool = heaven.  No coaxing necessary.  But our tiny mutt, Pupusa, whom I rescued off the streets of East LA, has never been a fan.  A Pupusa, by the way, is a savory Salvadorean pancake :-).  It has been "a process" this summer acclimating her to the water, one which I find quite entertaining.

Me Siento Fresca Layout

(“I feel… Fresh”)

I feel fresh 

I happen to be one of those dog crazies who MUST have been a dog in a past life.  Our dogs are an integral part of our lives and so they will show up from time to time in my projects.  If you aren't a dog-lover, please bear with.  Techniques to follow below!  I used the bold Hampton Art/ Hot Fudge Studio SC0188 Numbers Stamp Set

and one of my favorite woodblock stamps, the Hampton Art/ Hot Fudge Studio PS0620 Flowers Woodblock Stamp

to create these 2 1/2 in. square mini-compositions.

While individually striking and rather simple to stamp (perfect for cards and tags), collectively they create unity in a layout or other larger format project!  The numbered squares can neatly document a variety of progressions/transformations – the progression of a party, the transformation of a growing child, the stages of a rehabilitation, and in this case, Pupusa's journey of facing and overcoming her fears!

"No me gusta..."

In stages 1 and 2 above, note the displeasure in her expressive eyes and body language.  Then, feelin' goo - oo - ood  in stages 3 and 4 below...

"Pero, ahora me siento muy fresca!"

"Pero, ahora me siento muy fresca!" she exclaims with major zoomies and prolonged rolling and flailing in the grass.  Why does she speak Spanish, you ask?  Part chihuahua, straight from the heart of a 100% Latino neighborhood, that's a no-brainer lol.

As you can see below, Pupusa is gradually getting more comfortable and returning to the pool's edge for more!  The journaling spot shown here nestles behind this photo.

Every day, I find myself in awe that such incredible personality and bountiful joy can come in so tiny a package.

As for the stamping, first I stamped pleasing compositions onto 2 1/2 in. cardstock squares that I had cut out.

I just used dye ink - if bleeding occurred, all the better, as I enjoy the mixing of colors that happens spontaneously on the page. Next, I colored in the blooms with an assortment of markers and glaze pens.

The glaze pens provided a bit of resist, preserving selected areas from further applications of various media.  Inspired by the rustic brown-eyed Susan's that bloomed profusely for us here despite the dry heat, I added some oranges to the mix.

Then I spritzed with Smooch Spritz in "Sea Kiss."  Originally, I had planned to pat away the liquid that pooled on top of my resist below.  But I ended up rather enjoying the pooling and decided to leave as is.

But would the effect stand the test of time and handling?  Just to be sure, I smushed the entire surface into a watermark ink pad, sprinkled the surface with clear embossing powder, and then set my heat tool on it for this final effect below.

For the dimensional blooms, I first cut funky asymmetrical circular shapes from an equally funky sheet of typographic cardstock.  Then I inked the edges with a bit of distress ink.

I curled the edges with a bone folder, notched the bloom...

laid down a thin strip of glue along the notch, and cinched it in to add some dimension.

Using easy glue dots, I adhered the smaller circular shapes inside the larger ones.

After affixing handmade buttons or pearls to the centers of each bloom, I finally arranged the flowers in a few clusters on this very colorful page.

Thanks for visiting with me here, folks.  If you haven't had enough of me, hop on over to my blog - oodles of inspiration await you there!

Hampton Art/ Hot Fudge Studio SC0188 Numbers Stamp Set
Hampton Art/ Hot Fudge Studio PS0620 Flowers Woodblock Stamp

Tuxedo Black Dye Ink, Memento
Tea Dye Distress Ink, Tim Holtz
Top Boss Watermark Ink, Clearsnap
Glaze Pens, Sakura
Stampers' Big Brush Markers, Faber-Castell
Sea Kiss Smooch Spritz, Clearsnap
Clear Fine Embossing Powder, Ranger

"A Type of Art" Stack, DCWV

Paw Print Edger Punch, EK Success
Leaf Punch, Martha Stewart
Bone Folder, Martha Stewart
Shape Studio Round25 Tool, Epiphany Crafts

Shoreline Thickers, American Crafts
Self-adhesive pearls, The Paper Studio

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