This month the Artists-in-Residence at IMAGINE Crafts®/Tsukineko® all got some absolutely fabulous stamps from Stampendous to play with, and that just made me unbelievable happy! I love Stampendous stamps! I got this gorgeous Train Postcard stamp, which my son also happens to love :)
I started by inking up the stamp with an IMAGINE Crafts®/Tsukineko® VersaFine™ Archival Pigment Ink small-size inkpad in Vintage Sepia and stamping it on Ultra Smooth White card stock.
I stamped it again, this time using a VersaFine™ Archival Pigment Ink small-size inkpad in Spanish Moss (it is also stamped on Ultra Smooth White card stock). I set this one aside for later.
Using IMAGINE Crafts® InkBlushers™ I sponged on IMAGINE Crafts®/Tsukineko® Memento™ Dye Ink (here, I used the full-size inkpads) in Toffee Crunch and Rich Cocoa. I concentrated on the area inside the oval.
Once I was satisfied with the aged color, I used more InkBlushers™ and added Memento™ Dye Ink (here again, I used the full-size inkpads) in London Fog to give a bit of color to the train, and to create steam coming out of the top. I also used Memento™ Dye Ink in Olive Grove to add a bit of green on the left and right sides of the image, where bushes and tress were. You can see the end result in the picture below.
I set this completed image aside and went back to the one I stamped in VersaFine™ Archival Pigment Ink in Spanish Moss. Using my craft knife I cut out the oval center section so that I could replace it with the one I'd added color to in the earlier steps. To this frame I created, I used Memento™ Dye Ink (again, I used the full-size inkpads) in Desert Sand sponged on with InkBlushers™ to give it an aged effect; I used Cottage Grove to add a bit of green to the holly area. The red on the berries was added using a Memento™ Dye Ink dual tip marker in Love Letter.
I popped the frame up on dimensional dots, and added a few of images from another Stampendous set I already had (Railway) that worked perfectly with it. The card base is some fabulous Core'dinations Graphic 45 textured card stock, sanded to reveal the core color.