Ever since I started working full-time again outside our home the first of this year, I've noticed I've been slacking off on my monthly calendars and haven't done one in several months (sorry about that!). I thought I'd remedy that this month ... Here's my October calendar (on time!):
I decided to go back to a 6-inch calendar to hang on my Taylored Expressions Frame Your Imagination Vertical Stand on my desk. The pretty background paper isn't store bought paper at all, it's JustRite's beautiful Autumn Damask Background stamp!
I inked the background first with Memento Tangelo ink pad and then used the Potter's Clay ink pad around the edges of the stamp. I stamped it onto Neenah Classic Cream cardstock and then trimmed it closely around the image. I placed the background close to the top of a 6-inch piece of chocolate cardstock.
The beautiful butterfly from JustRite's Grand Sentiments stamp set was stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa ink onto cream cardstock and then airbrushed with Copic YR12 and E08 Sketch Markers and hand trimmed (no need to be neat about airbrushing if you are going to closely trim the image!). Chocolate Copic Atyou Spica Glitter Pen was used over the stamped swirls to give them a pretty sparkle:
The poppy flower is from JustRite's Botanical Medallions & Banners clear stamp set. It was colored with Copic YR12, YR16, YR18, E08, YG91, YG93, YG95, E23, E25, E57, cut out and popped up on Copic foam tape. (Unfortunately, the oranges aren't showing the shading very well in this photo -- sorry about that!) The foam tape was also used just down the center of the back of the butterfly, so its wings could still stand up.
The pretty border at the bottom was cut with Spellbinders Classic Ric Rac Edgeabilities dies and my 2012 downloadable calendar (Grid 2-Pg) was cut with Spellbinders' new Card Creator Matting Basics A die set.
It has actually been FEELING like October and Autumn here in N. Texas this weekend . . . how about where you are? Hope you are enjoying your weekend!