I’m a geek at heart. I love technology (I do tech support for a living), I love to tinker with my computer, iPhone, and iPad, and I love to write HTML and CSS and then see it turn into beautiful stuff in a browser. I love sci-fi and fantasy and I wear glasses. I can be socially awkward and I run into things. So, when I saw the newest digi stamp by Gerda Steiner Designs, I couldn’t help but squeal and laugh. This stamp is part of this month’ challenge over at the GSD blog.
The more I looked at the stamp, the more I thought that this little dude was hiding something. Something awesome, something super secret. And then it hit me: what if nerd bunny had a secret super hero identity? Let’s see where I took that thought:
As you can see, the few “additions” I made to the bunny didn’t require any special drawing skills (I can’t draw to save my life), just some squiggly lines and the rest is filled in by your brain. At least I do hope that ya’ll are familiar enough with Superman to get what I was hinting at 😉 (Sidenote about Superman: I cheered loudly upon realizing that both modern day Robin Hoods were Superman’s father in the latest movie. Told you I was a geek.)
For the coloring of the bunny, I used a Dove blender pen. I already have the Stamping Up pens, but wanted to try the Dove because it a) comes with replaceable nibs and b) can be refilled with the blender fluid. I still like the idea of the pen being refillable, but I’m not sure I’m sold on the nibs. On the upside, they take on more color than the SU pens and therefore you can work with them longer before having to dip back into the color. It does make fading out a bit harder though because most of the images I color don’t have that much space. The biggest disappointment, though, is that the tip of the nib literally disintegrates while I work. It gets all fuzzy and I have to use my scissors to trim it back. Of course, that means I literally never have a super fine tip to get into smaller places. So, my verdict for now: I love the idea behind the Dove pen and I like working with it on larger images, but I’ll definitely keep my SU pens around for finer details.
Back to my card: I masked off the star in the background and colored it with Distress Inks, then stamped the city scape in Versafine Onyx black. It’s a super rich and opaque black ink, which really stands out beautifully against the distressed background. By 3-D mounting the bunny, the card also gets a bit of dimension.
The sentiment on the front was printed directly onto the Neenah card stock. On the inside, I added a sentiment from the new Mama Elephant Tiny Heroes set. Since I made this card to cheer up a friend who works gruesome hours in IT support, I thought this would be a good thing to tell him.
One more word about this digi stamp: if you participate in the Gerda Steiner monthly challenges already, you get it for free. If you haven’t yet and buy the stamp, and participate in the challenge, you get next month’s stamp for free!
And since it’s too good to pass up, I’m sending this card off to the Simon Says Anything Goes challenge – whoosh!
Hope you liked the card and check out your own stamps to see if you can give them an unexpected twist. Thanks for stopping by, your comments make my day!