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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Bass Harbor Head Light Card

This is a very old stamp made in Maine of Bass Harbor Head Light in Bass Harbor, Maine.

I was looking at it this morning and wondering if it would look like snow if I embossed it in white, then colored it. Well, it didn't look like snow, but I kind of like it anyway.

I used a bunch of stamp pads and colored it with Ranger nibs after stamping it with VersaMark and white EP. There are a few touches of various markers and a bit of PenTouch gold as well. I shaded everything toward the edges and originally left them white, but didn't really like the look. Then I decided to use the VersaMark Aegean blue that I had used on the water to shade around the edges and in toward the rest of the colors.

Up here, we have a great deal of fog, and we get an interesting effect of very clear areas, up against the very thick fog when the sun begins burning it off. The fog is lighter, almost white where it is thin and the sun is shining on it, and gets very dark where it is still thick. That is the look I was going for when I shaded the edges.

The stamping was mounted onto pearlescent black/green CS. I colored another layer of white CS using the Aegean Blue and a sponge dauber. That layer was matted with antique gold, and mounted onto the card, then I mounted the stamp and green mat dimensionally onto it.

The compass was stamped, embossed and colored the same way, using ODBD's Sail On Set. It looks brighter in the photo than it does in person. This was mounted dimensionally on top of the lighthouse layer. I used one piece of dimensional tape on the top layer, and two layers of tape on the bottom layer to raise it up.

The seagulls were fussy cut from tiny seagulls in some K&Co paper and mounted dimensionally onto the card and white half pearls colored with a gold pen were added to the corners.

It's interesting, my blog friend Sasha called the effect on this card sea spray and made me look at it in a whole different way. Now as I look at it, the white embossin does kind of look like snow, and the way I shaded it looks like what we call sea smoke. It happens in the winter when the air temperature is very, very cold. The water evaporates and forms an interesting type of "sea smoke".


Sasha said...

This looks fabulous, Kathi. I love the look of sea spray you created...or it could be mist. We call it a sea fret here in the UK.
You are so lucky to live near the ocean. I'm a true Pisces I love lakes and oceans xx

Myrna said...

Breath takingly beautiful !!
Love the whole thing.

Marie-Louise said...

Just beautiful. Love all of it.

JD said...

Very pretty effect, Kathi, Each one of your cards are so unique...and detailed.