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Sue Duffy
Independent Demonstrator, Stampin’ Up!®

January 29, 2019


Hiya, Stampers!
     Do you like the new look of my blog header?  Color is always good.  Today's card is, I shudder to even mention, based on the gorgeous stamping artwork of Michelle Zindorf.  She is on Pinterest and her specialty is stunning backgrounds.   Okay, mine is somewhat based on Michelle's, okay, barely, well, not even close.  LOL  Michelle is, I believe, a trained artist.  Anyway, I had fun experimenting and creating this feeble attempt.
     My stamp camp customers like me to keep it simple, so we will not be duplicating this effort at class in February (although we will be using Flowering Desert for another card or note), but I'll share details with you here and products I used.

     My card base is Vanilla - doesn't matter, WW is fine.  The Mat is Melon Mambo. 
NOTE - see below before you start stamping and sponging.  I stamped the mountains in Highland Heather (I was so, so happy to see this new color).  The stamp is from the popular Waterfront set.  I sponged Highland Heather below and above the mountains.  The sky is sponged Mango Melody and Pumpkin Pie, fading to Daffodil Delight.  The sun is a punched stencil, sponged in Pumpkin Pie.
     The desert floor in the foreground is stamped in a combo of Gray Granite and Sahara Sand and I used the oval-ish (not in the OED) prickly-pear cactus stamp for the "rocks," stamped off.  I then sponged Sahara Sand over top and up towards the mountains.  I also added a few Sahara Sand speckles from the Waterfront set.  The aloe plants are stamped in Tranquil Tide, as is the sentiment tag, and the cactus flowers in Melon Mambo.
     NOTE - Take advantage of my hindsight. ;-) There are two ways to create this masterpiece - I chose the harder way, but I just kept going.  My Saguaro cactus was stamped in Old Olive on CS, fussy-cut and added after I did all of the sponging, etc.  I think it is much easier to stamp your cactus where you want it on the card front FIRST, then stamp another on a sticky note, cut a simple mask and stamp and sponge the background afterward.
     Here is the inside, stamped with a prickly-pear.

Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~


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