"What does your nearest city look like? Does it have lots of high rise buildings and lots of traffic?"
OK, I have lots of city skyline stamps from both Altenew and Stampers Anonymous. I also have Tim Holtz' Sizzix dues of skyscrapers and villages. But I wanted something different so I searched my stamps and found this [rviously unused stamp set "Dans ma maison" (rough translation "my house" or "my home").
Now my home is NOT anything like the houses in this stamp set. Not even close! And my nearest city is nothing like the city I chose. But having lived 16 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, I fell in love with the LOOK of the painted ladies at Steiner St between Grove Street and Hayes St., right across the street from Alamo Square Park in the Fillmore Section. In fact, one of our co-workers actually lived in one of these pastel Victorians...
To be truthful, San Francisco Painted ladies don't look a lot like the Victorian mansions on this stamp set (one classic difference: the stone/brick trim. Not done in earthquake country... all the San Francisco "ladies" were redwood through and through!). But it was as close as I could get, so... a street of painted ladies as the French might have built them became my project for this challenge.
I started by repeatedly stamping the two stamps on a large tag:
I then colored each house with Distress Markers - I think I pretty much used every pastel color in my storage tin!
Products used in the making of this tag were:
- Stamps: Carabelle Studio Art Stamp” Dans ma maison” (SA6028)
- Inks: Archival “Jet Black”; Distress markers “Pumice Stone”, “Forest Moss”, “Wild Honey”, Aged Mahogany”, “Broken China”, “weathered Wood”, “Bundled Sage”, “Spun Sugar”, Brushed Corduroy”, Tumbled Glass”, Fired Brick”, Antique Linen”, Scattered Straw”, Black Soot”, Hickory Smoke”, Faded Jeans”, Picked Raspberry”, Cracked Pistachio” and “Squeezed Lemonade”; Fudeball 1.5 “black” (CFR - 150FB)
- Papers: Ranger Inkessentials Surfaces “Giant Tag” (ISM55237)