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Years ago, for our 20th wedding anniversary, George and I went to British Columbia and stayed at a resort on Pender Island. On one excursion, we took a water taxi to Salt Spring Island for a craft fair, where I bought two stamps from a company called Salt Spring Island Rubber Stamps.
This owl is one of those two stamps.
A bit different from the cutesy owls so popular right now, wouldn't you say?
This wise owl is gorgeous, but we CAS stampers can have a bit of trouble with such natural-style images. First of all, they generally look best colored in. Second, the level of detail wildly deviates from my usual clean and graphic style.
That doesn't mean I can't use these sorts of stamps, though. Some white-on-white layering adds interest (think of all those layers of feathers!!!), and the pine bough border punch gives Mr. Owl a lovely forest context without a complicated scene.
BTW, I used a glue pen to adhere all those little pine needles. Otherwise, the card might rip, which would be unsightly.
If you like CAS but have some natural images to work with, search your stash for punches or dies that relate to nature. See if they can work with your stamps.
I'll bet you can make something beautiful!
stamps: Salt Spring Island Rubber Stamps
ink: Versacolor black
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: Martha Stewart pine bough border punch, glue pen