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All Around the Town

Impression Obsession's Slim Scenes Large Town stamp set is both beautiful and useful for themes like a new home, a new job, a milestone at work, or trips into and out of your favorite city. The set has both a solid skyline stamp and an outline one, so of course I wanted to test-drive both!
 
Slimline cards continue to be all the rage, and there are lots of great products tailored to that popular size. I used two of the stitched frames from Picket Fence Studios' Slimline Nested Rectangles die set to make mats for a triple layer of the solid cityscape from IO's Large Town stamp set. To get a nice variation on the buildings, I used my Karin Brushmarker Pros to color directly on the stamp in various shades of pink and orange (the Flowers set would be excellent for this) which I then misted verrrrrrrrrry lightly, and stamped, using my MISTI... because with a large stamp (1.5 x 8.25") a stamp platform is invaluable! I stamped the image three times, using slightly different combinations of darker and lighter colors, so there would be a contrast between the layers; then cut them out and affixed them with double-sided foam adhesive for extra dimension. The words, from Picket Fence Studios' Fancy Congratulations Sentiments stamp set, are rendered in Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide Ink on white cardstock, and trimmed into a neat fishtail flag. 
Of course the fact that a stamp or die set is labeled slimline, doesn't mean it can't be used on ANY sized card with wonderful results. This time I used six of the nine grey Karin Markers in theMega set to make a vertical striped background on a 2x9" strip of sturdy white cardstock. Then I stamped the outline cityscape stamp from the Large Town set on top, in Black Soot Oxide Ink. I cut out around the buildings so I could mount them on a pale blue panel cut with the largest die from Picket Fence Studios' Nested Rectangles set, which also provided the words, "happy day". I stamped "best news ever" from the PFS' Fancy Congrats set directly onto the background, then added the diecut words and the cityscape. I trimmed the whole panel at the 5" mark and butted it up to the very edge of my black side-fold A2 card. 
Whether you live in the city, the country, or the suburbs, I hope you'll be inspired to try a fun cityscape image on a card, journal page or mixed media project!
can never resist a city skyline!

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