Sunday, 24 September 2017

NBUS is back!



Yes, once again the delicious Darnell is hosting her NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff)  challenge and has invited us all to dig out that uninked stamp, that untouched (save for stroking, of course) paper and those dies that have never seen the light of day. And then - shock, horror - to USE them!

Oddly enough since Darnell announced, a few days ago, that it was almost time for the latest NBUS challenge, I've been using quite a bit of NBUS in my makes. Simply thinking about it reminded me of just how much schtuff I have loitering around in dark recesses! But today has rolled around and I still have PLENTY to play with.

The stamp I chose for this card was bought at the Make It Show back in February, so it isn't very old. It is Buddha Gautama from Inkylicious and I fell in love with it and came home bursting with ideas for using it. By next day I'd forgotten them all. So there it has sat, still in its cello bag, waiting for me to get a Round Tuit. And a prod in the back from Darnell has finally got me inking it.


I stamped it on gold mirri card using black Stazon - I had to discard all the photos that picked up the lovely shine of the mirri because they also had the ugly reflection of the photographer in them and you might be eating your breakfast as you read this, you wouldn't want to see me in my "trying to concentrate while I take a photo" pose. (It's all in the way you hold your mouth - not pretty)

The background is made by blending yellow, orange and red distress inks then stamping and heat embossing leaves in gold around the edge.

I'm tempted to make the same card all over again but this time using silver mirri and shades of blue for a much calmer effect, whaddya think? The hot, spicy colours remind me of Thai temples but the calming blues might better represent the tranquility of the pose.

12 comments:

  1. Such a striking image! Now wonder you feel in love with it. Gorgeous card, Jane. Jo x

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  2. This is a fantastic card. I love it!

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  3. This is a fantastic card. I love it!

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  4. Ooh I haven't see that stamp before, but I think I needs it now! You've used it beautifully, the gold mirri reminds me perfectlyof the gold statue we had the shrine room. I think a cooler coloured background would look lovely with it too x

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  5. Fabulous card, I love your stamp and the background really goes with the stamp. Great idea to use gold Miri card really makes the stamp shine out.

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  6. Fabulous card Jane, super stamp amd the colours are gorgeous xx

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  7. Amazing card, love the background you have created for this gorgeous stamp!

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  8. Wow Jane, what a fabulous card and the Buddha stamp is gorgeous. No doubt it reminded you of your Far Eastern travels. I think I neeeed that stmp - after a day of decluttering, here I go again!

    Hugs

    Di

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  9. Thank you for your lovely words, Jane! I'm glad I could motivate you before, during, and hopefully after the challenge to use that NBUS! Buddha is stunning in the gold backed by the fiery colors, but, honestly, I think you could use any border/background colors and she would make a sensational card!! Thank you for being the locomotive in my NBUS #12 gallery! Mwah! Hugs, Darnell

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  10. Oh I just love this Jane and I know someone else, not too far away from me who would too! He has quite a collection of Buddhas, two of which are lurking in my living room, amongst the boxes and dust sheets, ready for the garden when it gets re-done after the building work is finished.

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  11. I love your blended background design. Gorgeous colors.

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  12. That Buddha stamp is great Jane and stamped on gold mirri it stands out beautifully against your pretty inked scene. x

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