Hello my creative friends! Today, I’m going to give you a “play by play” of how I made the card you see above. This card is one of the ‘Thinking of You’ cards that my Aunt asked for for Christmas. I love when I get to use these stamps, there are so many ways you can take it. Enough chatter, let’s begin!
Since I was going to be using a card base made from Neenah 110# Solar Crest white paper, I needed something else to stamp the image. I had to do this because what I was going to use to color the image doesn’t play well on anything other than Bristol and, very rarely, watercolor paper. The smooth paper allows the inks to flow and it makes them blendable when you use a water brush. So I took my large sheet of Strathmore Bristol paper and cut it at 4.25″ and from that I cut it at 5.5″ that way I had a piece that would cover the whole front of the card. The stamp I used is very large and takes up the whole front so I couldn’t cut it any smaller.
To aid in making the watercoloring a little easier I stamped the image from the Mama Elephant ‘Botanic Hello’ stamp set twice using my MISTI stamping tool with Versa Fine in Onyx Black. I then took my WOW! clear embossing powder to give the stamped image a raised edge. For me, this is how I corral the water and ink that way they don’t bleed where I don’t want them to. I used my much loved Arteza Real Brush pens to do all of the coloring. For the ‘Hello’ I took a red, a yellow, and an orange, and applied the color to the lower portion of each letter. I then took my water brush, the finest one, and dragged the color up to the top of the letter giving a bit of gradient effect.
Once that was all dry, I took the outline image in the stamp set and outlined the top and the bottom. I again did this in my MISTI tool and I stamped each edge with Versamark embossing ink and then I sprinkled some Altenew Crisp Embossing Powder in Golden Peach. This is honestly one of my most favorite embossing powders, it’s just so gorgeous! Once I had give that a chance to cool down after heating it, I flipped the image over and applied 1/2″ Scor-Tape to the back around the edges. I swear by this tape and for good reason, it really holds whatever you put it on tight fast. I use a craft knife to get the backing off of the tape.
I can never leave a card without some sort of gem or sequin or embellishment. Here I used the Studio Katia Majestic Fusion Sequins and the Studio Katia Iridescent Crystals. I attached them using Ranger Multi Medium Matte. I did three sequins and two gems so as to keep with the rule of odds. Below is the final product, what do you think? These cards can take a bit more time than normal but it is totally worth it in the end.
Last but not least, I used an Avery Elle stamp set for the flowers and the sentiment is from the Botanic Hello set. Simple, clean, and straight to the point. All good things. I hope you all are having a wonderful week and I will see you on Thursday! Remember, creativity will set you free!