Snakeskin Gecko

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The main image on this card is one of my favorite Michael Strong Stamps images: Gecko. I made the gecko and the circle image mulitcolored by applying dye based ink to sponge daubers and then pouncing the daubers directly onto the rubber on the stamp. The background technique is a new favorite of mine, too called "Snakeskin". I learned it from the technique based group Technique Junkies . The swirls are a Sizzix due cut which I cut into two pieces. They kind of reminded me of a lizard tongue (ewww...) so I thought they were a fun addition to the card. Look closely and you'll notice that I used several Michael Strong Stamps to create an interesting background (a tone on tone technique, which is basically a dye based ink stamped onto similar colored cardstock. Soft and subtle!) that I did using other MS stamps and two colors of dye based ink. The images in Mike's line of stamps are all designed to compliment each other, so artwork is easy to create and coordinate. Enjoy!!