Wednesday, July 10, 2013

SSCB#15 Postage Stamp Inspired

Looking for a fun challenge?  You might find this one interesting!  Serendipity Stamps hosts a challenge blog twice a month and offers up a chance to win some free goodies to add to your collection.  Some times Mary is a little trixie and tries to keep us on our toes and get us out of our comfort zones.   The challenge this week is to be inspired by a postage stamp.  How cool is that?  Whenever I go to the post office I always have to see what stamps they have before I select the ones I want.  I  know some people are perfectly fine with an American flag every single time but there are so many neat stamps commemorating everything from vintage seed packets to the man in black (Johnny Cash), and each one is a work of art.   I've even added postage stamps to scrapbook pages as embellishments - a Bison and Old Faithful for a page to preserve a visit  to Yellowstone, and a Raven stamp that reminds me of a Fish Crow that I named Poe that I met at breakfast on vacation in Hilton Head.   You can find lots of inspiring US Postage stamps here.
Tiffany Lamp Stamp (1¢)

Can you tell which stamp inspired me from the close up?  It's 
the 1-cent Tiffany Lamp stamp.   It was released in 2008  and features artist Lou Nolan’s rendering of a Tiffany lamp. Nolan evokes the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933), a designer of glass, ceramics, jewelry, enamelware, and metalwork who transformed everyday objects into works of art.  Tiffany’s stained-glass lampshades glow with soft, colorful light. Considered one of the greatest designers of glass in his era, Tiffany is also remembered as a leader in the art nouveau movement

Well how did I do?  I tried to get the glowing effect of the lamp color and a little shine on the base by shading with Copic markers.  I kept the background dark and clean like the stamp image and integrated a stamp die cut for my sentiment. 

For more inspiration see what the rest of the design team created!

Is there a gorgeous stamp somewhere in your desk that you've set to the side because its too pretty to use?   Time to dig it out and let it inspire you!  I hope you will join us at the Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog - it's going to be fun!!

In The Attitude Of SilenceTiffany Lamp
Supplies:    Finished Size 5.5 x 5.5"
Stamps:  Serendipity Tiffany Lamp, In the Attitude of Silence
Pattern Paper: Prima Printery Collection 6x6" Pad
Card Stock:  PTI Kraft, Vintage Cream
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Copic
Die:  Spellbinder Postage Stamps


Wida said...

PS you always have me thinking over here on your blog! :)

Sherry Eckblad said...

This is absolutely gorgeous!

Miriam said...

I've always loved that 1 cent stamp! Great take on the challenge.

Marybeth said...

Love the stamp you chose for your inspiration. You picked the perfect SS to make your card with . Beautiful work and I love the glow of light on your card!

Cathy Weber said...

How did you do? Fabulous! Love the shading on the beautiful really does glow and I love that you used a postage stamp frame on your card too. Your choice of patterned paper is so elegant with the tiffany lamp, such a great choice!

Unknown said...

I LOVE Tiffany lamps, my DH and I have a couple - not the real thing, mind you, lol! You have coloured the shade so beautifully, it really glows! And how I love that fine quote, so full of wisdom... Hugs, Ira x

Vickie Z said...

Love how you found the perfect stamp for that gorgeous Tiffany lamp!! Fabulous coloring!! Yes, it glows!

Joyce said...

This is fabulous. I can see your inspiration very clearly. I even have some of those stamps. Your coloring is really incredible--that lamp looks like it is glowing with a very warm light.

Sharron said...

Wow, Jeanne--this is amazing! It reminds me of one of those pictures that you look at it one way & see one design and then look again & see another. I thought it was a elegant frame before I even saw the postage die. Love the pp and your beautifully colored lamp!

Jill Norwood said...

Jeanne this is just beautiful! I love the glow of the lamp! Your cards are always so lovely! I enjoy visiting your blog each and every time! :)

Carol P said...

Love the lamp stamp- Tiffany lamp color is beautiful- perfect words to go with it - great job!!

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