Hello! We hope your week has started well. We are back with more fantastic inspiration here on the blog today. Up first is Sharon Traynor with an incredible card featuring our new eye collage stamp…
When I first set eyes on this brilliant ‘See Everything’ stamp from Visible Image,
I immediately saw references to the film ‘The Matrix’.
Do you know that on 31st March this year it will be 20 years since that film was released? It really doesn’t feel like 20 years…. until you watch it again and notice how big the PC monitors were back in 1999 and how much phone technology has changed in the last 20 years. It’s still a cracking film though.
Anyway, how did I make a link to the matrix? Well, those little circles reminded me of the lines of code that descend and sparkle on the computer screens in the film. The lines radiating out from the eye in the centre reminded me of a sort of a scanner, and scanning for Morpheus, Neo, Trinity and other humans was what Agent Smith was doing in the film. The two figures at the bottom of the stamp reminded me that the human race (those that were awake from the matrix) had descended into the earth and were living in Zion. And finally there is the sentiment; only those that were awake from the matrix could see what others didn’t. So, I had to make a card in greens, black and smokey grey with a touch of sparkle as homage, didn’t I?
This is how I made the card:
First the larger circles were coloured with some green Promarkers. Only 3 colours were used as shading and an uncoloured white spot was left on each circle as a highlight.
Then all the small circles, the eye and the figures at the bottom of the stamp were coloured
Next I added some cracked pistachio distress ink by softly blending from a piece of paper aligned to some of the lines radiating out from the eye, to try to imitate the laser type scanners that you often see in movies.
After that I added glossy accents to each individual tiny circle (but not to the larger ones) and left it to dry overnight.
On the next day I wanted to add the sparkle and some darkness to the piece. So I used a charcoal pencil and drew some rough lines over the image and smudged them with my finger. I thought this sort of represented the movement of the lines code falling down the screen.
Then some glamour dust was added to give that representation of sparkle, and hickory smoke distress ink was blended over the two sides of the piece.
The sentiment was stamped onto a scrap of card coloured with a matching promarker and three of the corners of the sentiment piece were rounded before it was backed with fun foam. I mounted the whole thing onto a card blank and added two slim pieces of black card on the two outside edges.
Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Promarkers, (Pastel green, mint green and green. Plus a bit of tea green and holly in the eye), cracked pistachio and hickory smoke Distress Ink, charcoal pencil, Glossy Accents, Glamour Dust, White and Black card, fun foam.
That’s it from me for now. Thanks for stopping by and I really hope to see you again soon.
Wow Sharon, we are loving this card! The dimension is incredible, and our eye looks so striking! Thank you ♡
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