Tears of a Clown….

I was so torn on this project…. so many things I could do with this image and not enough time to do a lot of the ideas I wanted to try, but I love how this came out.  The image went perfectly with a poem I found online by Arik Fletcher.   It suited my mood at the time AND the project image I chose by Rick St Dennis who is this months sponsor over at the Crafty Awesomeness Challenge  here on the blog.

I couldn’t even decide how to mat  this project.. lol.  I liked all of the variations .. for different reasons, so I have a feeling I will be redoing this project in various  mat options and adding them to our Abandoned Art bucket.

This was my final version …THIS TIME lol.

It’s a  blush colored mat I picked up last year with a bunch of clearance photo mats at my local Walmart.  It was stamped with a rose stamp.. which I would give you the details on, but I literally just packed up all of my stamps and forgot to check the details before sealing up that box  DOH.  It was then colored with Crayola  Pencils and some dry brushed.. black dye ink.

So here is my finished piece….and a few variations I took photos of along the way…. details below.

Image is Pierrot –  To Kiss a Rose
Poem is Tears of a Clown  by Arik  Fletcher
Mat Stamped and then colored with Crayola Color Escapes Pencils
Image colored with Chameleon Pens
Poem
Printed on Epson Ecotank on ABOUT TIME Pear Dots paper (gorgeous satin sheen with mat dots ) which I picked up from a local crafter last year who was destashing bulk crafting supplies.

I wander the world with the mask of a clown, 
Determined to never reveal that I’m down, 
The life of the party or so it would seem, 
Disguising my sorrow as living the dream.

I walk in the shadows beneath this black cloud, 
Lost in these dark thoughts I can’t speak out loud, 
Adrift in a cold sea of doubt and despair, 
I smile through the pain and pretend I don’t care.

I’ve known love and laughter and shared in their light, 
United the world in my comedic might, 
Yet surrounded by people I still stand alone, 
A stranger amongst all the friends that I’ve known.

I’ve encountered more demons than angels by far, 
And battled them both with many a scar, 
But looking back now on a life spent at war, 
I need to find peace and not fight any more. 

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St Patrick’s Day Card

Well I couldn’t resist knocking up a quick card with my new Lil’Inkers dual stitch dies and the cute Bugaboostamps St Patricks Day Hedgehog digital stamp I bought. So here it is…

hedgey

  • The base card is from a multi-color Recollections pack
  • Lil’ Inkers dual stitch frame is cut on dollar store glitter card….kinda neat and very inexpensive when you can find it.
  • Single stitch mat is  from a Green Recollections pack – Feathered Greens with a stripe of Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust around the stitch edge. ( photo colors are a bit off on that..its more green than teal)
  • Image printed on my awesomely fab new Epson Eco Tank ** I AM SO IN LOVE
  • Image background Ranger Alcohol Adironack Inks with a cotton swab using Blender, Sunshine Yellow & Stream.
  • Image is  fussy cut for a double layer effect and  colored with a mix of Chameleon Pens,  Zig Kurecolor, Ranger Distress Pens and a touch of Wink of Stella White to glam up the hat buckle.
  • Ribbon  – Michaels bargain bin special
  • Entire piece popped on a sheet of Darice adhesive foam

 

It’s been a rough week LOL

First of all, apologies for the lack of posts this week.   The lil man and I are sick and I’ve spent a lot of time in bed.  Hubby has been a real trooper and taken care of  the lil man while I caught up on some much needed sleep.  The lil guy seems to be in fine form and a runny nose and slight cough haven’t slowed him down at all….  Mommy not such great form LOL.

Anyways….  so my Epson workforce gave up the ghost and the power supply died a few months ago, so I have been using my large format stylus 1400 for print jobs the last few months… and now it finally seems to be giving up the ghost too and I am now finding myself in need of a new printer.

 

 

 

Finances are tight  but I need a good printer for projects and I am seriously considering one of the Epson Workforce Eco tank systems.  I love the fact that it is refillable without the hassle of resetting chips and off brand refills.  I had looked at the continuous ink systems (CIS) but didn’t fancy having to rig one of those up.

 

 

 

 

 

I think for card makers, specially those of us who are Cricut Explore users and utilize the print and cut feature a lot, or those of us who are CUP (Craftsuprint) members.. something like this would be awesome.  All things considered, when you figure in the cost of inks, this seems to be a pretty good  deal.

 

 

So my question is … has anyone got one of these?  I like Epson, it is a great quality brand as you can probably tell by what I am replacing, but the ink usage has always been a big bite for some people and HP is a lot easier to refill with generics.  This new Eco Tank system sounds like the perfect solution to maintaining the Epson quality and having to use non OEM inks for affordability.

So now the big question is .. which one do I look at, and how do I juggle finances to afford one… the lil guy is costing me a small fortune in toys lately  LOL   If I get one, I’ll be sure to come back and review it.  In the meantime.. if anyone has one or knows anything about these printers…. please feel free to leave a comment below.

This is the one I am looking at Epson WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank , maybe Santa Claus is feeling generous this year.  I need to do a bit more research and make sure it can handle 110lb card stock too.  My old Epson Workforce handled it just fine, so this shouldn’t be an issue.