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I love the hustle and bustle of cities–there’s always so much to see and do, so many fun places to SHOP!  Hah!  I probably save a LOT of money by livin’ out here on my little island, which is breathtakingly beautiful, to be sure, but it’s also quite expensive and rather inconvenient at times to get off The Rock–ferry schedules and whatnot . . . and, it always seems to surprise folks that there ain’t no Target, Costco, or Trader Joe’s in these here parts!  My brother in-law is from LA; when he first came to visit, it truly stunned him to see just how "out in the sticks" we country folk live!  *chuckle*

My coloring technique on this piece is still, in a word:  sloppy!  Only this time, I used watercolor pencils with a water-brush that was more on the dry than wet side.  Unless you’re working with watercolor paper, any water-based medium will pill and buckle the paper surface, so you really need to control the amount of water you’re working with–instead of one heavy/wet coat of watercolor, do several coats that are heavier on watercolor pencil, and less on water.  You can minimize any buckling that may occur by placing the card under a heavy book for a day or two.  Or not.   I’m often too impatient. (Gee, really, Jules?  I wouldna’ thought that of ya’!  *snicker*)

Another tricksy tip?  I used the tip (don’t insert it all the way) of the 1/4" Fiskars rectangle punch to create a slit into the gutter crease of card, so I could slip that length of ribbon through there–the card is side, not top-folding–and this is one way to eliminate that issue when creating a vertical (sometimes referred to as a "portrait" layout).  I coulda’ drug out my X-acto knife and a cutting mat, but, this was easier.  And you know me:  I’m easy.  *more snickering*


Check out my sunshine!   Waaaay back when I first began stamping, we stampers were all doing this (yes, I am an old stampin’ fart cuz we’re talkin’ well over a decade back!), but, we didn’t have a name for it.   But, a few years ago they gave it a name–"Rock & Roll".  Beate did a fab toot (tutorial) for this, here’s a link:  Rock & Roll Tutorial on SCS

The only difference on my use of it above, is that I used Colorbox Fluid Chalk Cat’s Eyes inks, which blend incredibly well on the rubber surface, due to the very spongy surface of the small pad.

OK.  That’s all she wrote!  I dunno if you’re having the same love affair with the new Cityscape as I am, but, man, I wish there were more hours in the day to develop even more of the ideas that I still have in mind for this fun image!

I’m leavin’, on a jet plane (sing-song voice), with my hubby, tonight, for the city of Reno!  We are celebrating our 24th wedding anniversary, which is actually Aug. 25th–BUT, we got tickets to see the Stevie Miller Band (oh, man, I’m totally dating myself, aren’t I???  I told Dave:  "Babe, ya’ know we’re gettin’ old when the music of our youth is now showcased, in a collection, as a special offer ‘only available on TV by the Time Life Series . . . ‘ "  Mercy, mercy, mercy . . . *chuckle*)


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:  Lime Peel Band Square Note Card (A Muse)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Colorbox Fluid Chalk Cat’s Eye in Yellow Citrus and Tangerine (Clearsnap)
Ribbon:  Black Stitched Grosgrain (A Muse)
Other:  Watercolor Pencils (Derwent), Aqua Brush (Pentel), 1/4" rectangle punch (Fiskars), Foam Mounting Tape

  1. Hey! you share anniversary day with us! Only ours is coming up 35 years this year. Have a wonderful anniversary!

  2. Your “sloppy” coloring is so perfect for this design, Julie!! I love your floating cloud, and totally fun sentiment!!

    Happy, happy anniversary Julie!! I hope you had a fabulous time!!

  3. I love the bright happy colors on this card! You’ve done a brilliant job with all of your samples.. I’m sure you helped sell a ton of these images! :)

  4. Very cute card! I think the watercoloring looks great, and I love how you placed the ribbon… looks just like the highway around the edge of the city!

  5. I hope you have a fantastic time with hubby in Reno! I had to laugh at your comment about Steve Miller Band…we must be about the same age, cause I still have the albums, somewhere…lol! Your citiscape card is sweet! Safe travels, dear!

  6. This is just so bright and cheerful–I love it! Tracy

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