Golden Retirement Wishes.....
We had wished to live on a nearby lake in retirement, but just about the time we were ready to look at property, prices skyrocketed out of our reach and are going up hourly. Houses are selling before they can even be put on the market... There was a river option, but the same thing has happened in that area as well.
We are now looking at just staying here and taking better advantage of our view of our little pond. My new (to me) Dylusions journal came yesterday along with some Stamperia Forest paper. Since these thoughts are always on my mind, I journaled about our change in plans in my new journal.
Since the **Art*Journal*Journey* monthly prompt (selected by Valerie) is Heavy Metal, I added in a little piece of metal from my Mom's treasure chest of little metal pieces, some gold paint splatters and some Mica flakes. Hard to tell how much I added from the picture above but here is a close up of one of the fish so you can see the mica flakes I dusted on plus some of the gold paint splatters.
The paper does most the work, but I stenciled in some circles, an anchor, some wood shading and words (most from the matching Stamperia Stencil) plus I fussy cut some fish and folliage and added in some texture and golden highlights.
Before I go, I wanted to share a card as well:
I cased the Featured Stamper at SCS - Jen Guarino when making this card, and THIS is her card. To start, I painted the red background with several coats of Dina Wakely Acylic Paint. I added dots using the DRS Designs Polka Dot Background dipped in white gesso. The tag was hand cut and coated with texture paste. After the texture paste dried, and sponged around with some Tempting Turquoise ink from SU! and just a tiny bit of stamping. I watered colored the fun Skating Snowman and hand cut the sentiment to look like a chunk of ice. I love how this came out. Jen is a talented stamper and does some really fun cards.
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