I had a chance to play this weekend with my new favourite stamp set - the Gentle Peace photopolymer stamp that came in my box on Thursday night. Can I just say - for the record - that I love it. But I definitely need your help in deciding which direction to take next.
|#1 - Orange and Yellow Background|
|#2 - Background with added Blues|
Now most of you know that Gentle Peace was designed to showcase our Stampin' Up! Blendabilities and I have seen some absolutely gorgeous creations on Pinterest, but this weekend I was in a colour-me-fast mood and I didn't want to take the extra time that Blendabilities would need. So I chose my favourite *fast* method of colouring...using my Aquapainters!
Don't get me wrong, Blendabilities allow you to achieve much more vibrant colours and in truth they do not take 'that' much longer in terms of time...but patience wasn't my strong suit this weekend so I opted for as fast as I could get!
Help me out here friends - first of all, please weigh in on the original 2 images. Virtually the only difference is the background 'stained glass'. But I do want to know if you have a preference for one or the other. So please tell me, #1 or #2.
|#2 - Untouched|
|#3 - Covered With Iridescent Ice|
And then....I decided to cover one of the images with versamark and Iridescent Ice since most of you know that has been one of my favourite techniques this Fall. I was convinced that the shimmer on the image would lend a reality to the stained glass effect. But now that they are finished, I am not certain one way or the other?
Check out #2 and #3. Same image, with or without Iridescent Ice. Hmmm. Decisions, decisions......
So I mounted my images on cardstock (Bermuda Bay and Blackberry Bliss are such a striking combination, don't you agree?) Please weigh in your preference for the finished cards....#4 or #5. I want to know if the iridescent version is a winner before I shimmer up my other versions.
|#4 - Finished Card (no Shimmer)|
|#5 - Finished Card - Shimmery|
I'll pick a name on Friday night and one of the people who comment will be sent the card that they preferred. So comment please and let me know what you think!
I do have to say, no matter whether the image has been doctored with shimmer or not, it certainly is beautiful. Serene. Gentle. Striking. I can't wait to play some more. Check back tomorrow to see what else I have done with it.
Until then, hope you all had a terrific weekend and are looking forward to a great week as well.
God Bless, ~Cynthia <><.