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I had about 10 ideas for Cityscape in my head when it was released for A Muse-a-Palooza this year; two of those designs I taught in my classes down in Sacramento, 5 more have been committed to paper, and another 3 are still floating around.  This week, I thought I’d share one of the "5 more" each day this week!  Yippeeeeeee!!! 

All are the result of playing, just for the sake of playing, and exploring as many different ways to use this image, which happens to be my absolute favorite of the entire release!

Hold the phone–a cityscape is my favorite??!! Aaaaah, yes, indeedy it is!  It’s such a useful, versatile image–it can be used year-round, and for a multitude of designs–a staple image, so to speak.

Now, the other image I absolute love, and had literally pestered Linda about for a year, is "The buck stops here", from the Holiday Greetings II Set, also released this year for A Muse-a-Palooza.  Originally designed to accompany all the A Muse deer images, this sentiment works also in conjunction with the North Pole, Holiday Shopper, ANY of the A Muse shops, and I know a few other ideas will spring to mind, now that ya’all get the drift, eh?!  *chortle*   When I first told Linda that we needed this sentiment, it made her laugh, but, then she asked, "But, when else (besides with the North Pole/deer) would you ever possibly use it?"

"Well, I dunno, Margot!"  –National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

But, I’m tellin’ ya, we needs it, and we needs it bad.  ‘Cuz it’s just too dang cute and funny!  It took a year of me begging, whining, pleading, grovelling, but, at long last, it has been made into rubbah–err, photopolymer, actually, if you wanna get technica!  WHEW!  I was beginning to lose hope that the day would ever come . . .

This is my "color it sloppy" technique, using the chisel tip of my Copic Marker; there was no way I was gonna sit there and try to color every building in the Cityscape meticulously–there are too many freakin’ windows!  But, I  studied some stationary in a store once, and saw a similar effect–just broad swaths of color, disregarding tiny details, leaving some white here and there, and by golly the contemporary "sketchy" result was quite appealing to me!  So, I figured, WTH, let’s try it and see what we get!

Well, guess what?  I likey.


In this detail shot, you can see I die cut an arrow from a lightweight coaster that a fellow SCSer had kindly shared with me!  That stuff is da’ bomb!  It’s not bulky, it’s a nice soft white, and still has the dimensional properties of chipboard that we get all wild about, UKWIM?  Good stuffs!

Anyhoo, I DTP’d (applied ink Directly To the Paper from the ink pad), embossed it with Simple Stick (sticky embossing powder–good for glitter, flock, foil, etc. cuz, yeah, it is STICKY after you heat it), and then applied some lavender ultra-fine glitter I’ve been hoarding for far too long.  The hue accented the lavender Chiffon note card quite nicely.

I think the whole design turned out cheeky good–a fun girlfriend card, and a fun one to present with a gift card inside to the recipient’s favorite boutique!

Well, that concludes the synopsis on today’s brilliance.  I’ll be doing Show & Tell on the next 4 each day through Friday (OMG–5 posts in one week???  Sweet Mother of Pearl it’s a miracle!), so if you like Cityscape and want some fabulous ideas for it, c’mon back!

Cuz they’re fab.  Really.  They are. *wink*

Good Monday to ya’!

Supplies & Materials
Stamps:  All images by A Muse Artstamps (NEW Holiday images are now available for purchase and you can view the images right here! These products are not going to be posted for purchase on the A Muse News blog, but they can be purchased via fax, e-mail or by phone)
Paper:  Lavender Chiffon 4 Bar Note Card (A Muse Artstamps), black card stock
Ink:  Brilliance Graphite Black–heat set prior to coloring– and Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Ribbon:  Black Stitched Grosgrain (A Muse Artstamps)
Copic Marker:  BV31 Pale Lavender
Other:  Lavender Glitter (SU! retired), lightweight coaster board, foam mounting tape, Simple Stick Embossing Powder (A Muse Artstamps), Arrow die (Cuttlebug/Provo Craft)

  1. So fun and fabulous, that is!! You’re just too darn clever, girl!! Oh…and I love your big sparkly arrow too!!

  2. Hi Julie! I love Cityscapes; It’s the 1st stamp I grabbed at my LSS when I was there for Jenn’s class; that and Rocket Elf; I love both cards so far! I’m so glad that you are sharing these samples. I NEED them! LOL! Thank you!

  3. I adore your cityscapes, Julie! I agree, this stamp is a must have!

  4. They don’t call you HRR for nothing! LOL! This is simply stunning. I just *love* the purple. And I don’t know how you did the coloring. It’s awesome! I have to get this stamp!

  5. Gorgeous and clever as always!

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