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Friday, January 22, 2016

Bożena's Water Droplets Card

Hello everyone,

Ryn here. Special treat today! I have a Guest Spotlight for Bożena Adamusińska from Poland. She has made a wonderful photo rich tutorial using one of my designs - Water Droplets. I hope you enjoy! Please feel free to leave her a comment here or pop by her blog http://artcardbox.blogspot.com for the Polish version :) And now... In Bozena's words...

Bożena's Water Droplet Tutorial

I never thought I would ever get the opportunity to work with Ryn Tanaka. A few years ago I found one of Ryn’s cards online, created using her own stunning stamps. It took some time for me to find out who created these beautiful stamps. When I found Ryn and her shop Design by Ryn I did some shopping and I felt it was definitely not enough, because I just bought a few stamps, and I wanted to have them all. Life tends to give you dreams in portions so that you can wish for more... Not long ago I asked Ryn for some assistance and it turned out I got more than I dreamed of! Ryn offered me a guest spotlight and the opportunity to work with her collection. What a fantastic opportunity, right? Such chances come rarely so I grabbed a hold of it with both hands. I don’t intend to let go of it! :-) Here is my first card that I made for Ryn. 
To create this card I used the stamp - Water Droplets from Designs by Ryn - and Heartfelt Creations Vintage Life Background.

I also used some Distress Inks. In total I used 4 colours: Walnut Stain, Tumbled Glass, Black Soot and Antique Linen.
First I stamped my script background stamp on a white cardstock and I went in with mixed Walnut Stain and Black Soot inks to make it look like an old manuscript. I also removed some of the ink on the edges before stamping for a more vintage look. I then stamped Ryn’s droplets using Archival Watering Can ink. I used this colour instead of black because I did not want the impression to be too perfect. 
Next step was to add colour to the droplets. For that I used some of the Tumbled Gladd Distress Ink which I smoothed on an acrylic block and mixed with water. Then I added some of that colour to each droplet. 

In this close up, you can see the delicate coloring on each of the droplets.

Then I wanted to add  a vintage look to the whole panel. I used Antique Linen DI to sponge the edges and some parts towards the middle of the whole piece. I left the middle part of the panel white, without any shading, to catch the viewers eye. 

To achieve a greater depth I also sponged some Walnut Stain DI on the edges. 

After that was done I wanted to add some shine to the droplets. I used my Sakura white Gelly Roll pen to add more details to the droplets. 

To embellish my card I added some coffee coloured sequins, blue Gerlach crystal and “Miss You” sentiment from Serendipity, stamped on the vellum. 

At first I just wanted to stamp the sentiment on the "parchment paper" but it turned out to be hardly visible. That is why I added some faded plum colour cardstock underneath it.  

Here are a few pictures of the finished card. 

Cards created with Ryn's stamps are always beautiful and you can see the stamps being the main focus of the projects. If you have any of her products you can also take part in monthly challenges, where the prize always is one of her stamps. SO do not wait any longer - join in the fun!
Thank you for your patience and for still being here :) I also thank you for visiting! I hope you enjoyed my project today and that it will inspire you to create one of your own. I would love to see it!

Friday, January 01, 2016

December's Challenge Winner...

Happy New Year everyone :) I hope 2016 brings you lots of inspiration and good experiences!

Just a quick one today to announce the winner of my December Customer Creation Challenge. Thrilled to see 19 pieces! Thanks so much for uploading and for linking back to me on your blogs (if you have one).

If you haven't participated in the challenge you are more than welcome to upload 1-3 pieces per month. It can be anything you want using whatever products you like as long as one or more of my designs is clearly visible. More details on January's challenge HERE.

The random winner for December's Challenge is... Karen Roberts! Please contact me to receive your free stamp or stencil (designsbyryn@gmail.com).

Below is Karen's winning piece... Love how she combined my designs in this! Great use of colour too!

Also a quick note that this month I'm taking a break from offering sales on my cling-mounted stamps.

Thanks for stopping by!



January Customer Creation Challenge