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Seasons
By Tyra Smith

Forever ago I ran an art call for work representing the seasons. Tyra Smith answered that call beautifully with these four beautiful stamped cards.


Summer


Spring


Winter


Fall

 

Seasons
By Tyra Smith

Forever ago I ran an art call for work representing the seasons. Tyra Smith answered that call beautifully with these four beautiful stamped cards.


Summer


Spring


Winter


Fall

 

The basic technique is my favorite one; stipple brushes and dye inkpads. In short, it's nothing more than loading a stipple brush with ink by tapping it on a dye inkpad, then tapping the loaded stipple brush onto your cardstock.

Stamp the main image with black dye ink on glossy cardstock, then stipple all your colors on it, working from light to dark. I was doing some "exploration" with these Stampscapes images so I kept the scenes simple (as few stamps as possible). My intent was to create the different season and indicate them by color usage. Trees with flaming leaf colors represent a fall scene. Trees full of greens for a spring scene, etc. Because I associate snow with winter my winter scene had to have snow in it.

The winter scene is the brook piece...I also wanted to incorporate the idea of "fog on the water" within that scene...so I used a q-tip and Dr. Ph. Martin's iridescent inkpad pad/Iris Silver and the Dr. Ph. Martin's Watercolor Inkpak pad/Titanium White. Both of them dry well on glossy cardstock and it worked fairly well for the fog-look I was going for. 

Sometimes, if you have an early snow the water will still be warm enough to create that "foggy effect" and that was what I wanted. I used a Sakura extra fine tip white opaque paint pen for the snowflakes. 

Once each piece was finished, I sprayed it with a glossy spray sealant (by Plaid), let it dry and then sprayed it again with Krylon UV Resistant Sealant spray. 

To mount the pieces, I took a base cardstock that is one of the same or similar colors as those used in the image. I then used a corner slot punch (by All Night Media) on each corner.

Sometimes I'll use a gold or silver paint pen to color the little "flaps" that are made with the corner slot punch (the ones that you slide the picture under). Then I simply slide my scene into those slots. The base cardstock can really help bring out subtle colors in the scenes.

All stamps are from Stampscapes.