red hot chili peppers

I’m an HGTV junkie.  I love this channel and watch  it every chance I get.  Each year HGTV has a contest where they build a dream home and give it away, fully furnished down to the pots, pans and towels.  They usually include  a car and money as part of the total prize package.

This years HGTV dream home was built on the Turquoise Trail, between Albuquerque and Santa Fe  – an area that happens to be one of my favorite places to visit.  My card was inspired by my memories of those trips, along with one of the rooms in the dream home that had one wall painted chili pepper red and decorated with  turquoise blue accents.

The chili peppers were stamped in Palette Noir and colored with  copics – R29 and R39 with a little colorless blender for highlights.  The blue background was airbushed with copics B00 and B04.  This panel was mounted on red and black.

The three red panels were created by using a distressed stamp (Stampabilities) with bleach – I like the textured effect with the bleach.  Black ink was sponged on the edges to give a more worn look.

The turquoise panel was stamped with a few southwest images using turquoise ink. Punched photo corners in black were added behind the blue to pop it out a bit.   Everything was then mounted on a red card.

The chili pepper stamps (The Artist Stamps) and the two southwest images (Judikins for the sun, Our Lady of  Rubber for the panel) were purchased at a small stamp store in Santa Fe called Guadalupe’s.  If you are ever in Santa Fe you will find yourself on San Francisco Street and this stamp store is on the second floor in one of the buildings so don’t miss it.

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