hello from Oz...

Hello my fabulous friends!

I spent last week in southern Utah with my whole family... Tons of fun!  On the way home, we stopped for the night in a good size city.  Since there was still some daylight to burn, we did some shopping. I forgot how much different it is to look at stores in a big city. LOL!  I think I was in heaven!

 I picked up a few fun things to play with including a clear stamp set by Graphic 45/Hampton Arts called "Magic of Oz".  I have to say, I am a total Oz fan!  I fell in love with the story as a child, and have never really outgrown it. (and yes, I LOVE Wicked and Tin Man too!)  Anyway, to say I was excited was an understatement!

Although I have done a fair amount of playing with the set, this is my first finished project.

 I love how the images are the old fashion Oz style!!! So artsy and vintage! *swoon*

The Scarecrow was stamped onto watercolor paper with Archival Ink by Ranger. This is an oil based permanent ink, so you can use water over it without any bleeding or feathering.  I used Distress Markers to color it in. Don't feel intimidated by the markers or watercoloring... It is easy to get great results with the markers and a water brush. Just make sure you have a good paper. If the colors aren't blending with water, it is your paper. Just trust me. 

Like this? A super simple way to get a vintage look... They are simply brads that I smashed with Tim Holtz texturizing hammer. A few good whacks is both fun and therapeutic. =)

For the background, I used Colorbox Frost White pigment ink. It shows up so well on darker papers! Love it!

And in conclusion... a little Wizard of Oz trivia.. The magic shoes that Glinda gives to Dorothy are actually silver in the original story. I guess ruby just looked more impressive in technicolor. 


Supplies used:
Paper: kraft, watercolor paper, white cardstock
Ink: Archival, Distress, Colorbox Pigment, Versamark
Stamps: Graphic 45 "Magic of Oz", Kaisercraft "Grid", TPC Studio "Secret Garden Collage"
Dies: DQuickutz "Nesting Ovals"
Other: embossing powder, brads, fiber