Free For All Friday – Drop Shadow

It’s time for another Free For All Friday challenge, the drop shadow. This week, our hostess Cheri, has challenged us to create a card or project using the drop shadow technique. Here’s a link to a video over on StampTV that demonstrates how to create this look – Creating a Drop Shadow. Basically what you need is a chunky stamp, line art stamps do not work well for this technique, and two shades of ink, one light and one dark. You begin by stamping the image with the lightest color, and then using your handy dandy stamp-a-ma-gig, you stamp over the image, and a little off of the first image to create the shadow.

As always, I am never sure what colors work well together, so I started by stamping different colors together, to see how they would look. Here is my test sheet using Memento inks.

Using this test sheet, I chose the colors I wanted to use to create the following cards. All of the cards use the same flower stamp from the Floral Hero Arts Stamp and Die set.

This first card uses Lulu Lavender and Grape Jelly Memento inks stamped on Pure Luxury Ivory card stock and was cut with the wonky rectangle nestabilities die. The card base is from the Colorbok cool earthtone pack and the pattern paper is from an ATD vibrant paper pack. I changed the ribbon color from the original antique white to purple by running the grape jelly ink pad over it and then spraying it lightly with water using the Ranger mini mister.

The second card I created uses Angel Pink and Rose Bud Memento inks. If you notice on my color sheet, I paired the angel pink with lady bug, but didn’t really like that effect. After digging a little deeper into that mess that once was my scrap desk, I found the rose bud inkpad and like that color combination much better! The card base here is the Colorbok cool earthtone again as well as some white cardstock that I have. I also used my doily lace edge punch from Martha Stewart and the classic oval large and classic scallop oval large.

The final card is one that I like, but think that it’s missing something. I used desert sand and potter’s clay memento inks and used Nestabilities label four to cut the image out. The layered effect is achieved by cutting a second shape from the Bazzill cardstock the same size as the focal image. Then the shape was cut in half vertically and carefully glued in place. The card base is made from a teal colored Bazzill cardstock that I’ve had for years and the background paper was created with the Victoria embossing folder from Cuttlebug, and desert sand memento ink. I got the idea to do this background from Lynn’s card here.

This was a fun technique to play with, and I think I’ll be doing it again soon! I have an idea to try with another stamp set, so we’ll see how that turns out.


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