Wednesday, 15 March 2017
Both sets have coordinating punches -- for the balloon and the label -- which is a great time saver when you don't have to trim out stamped images by hand.
Lost Lagoon – both outline and shadow stamps
Coastal Cabana – solid balloon
Watermelon Wonder – both outline and shadow stamps
Calypso Coral ink pad – solid balloon
Crushed Curry – both outline and shadow stamps
Daffodil Delight – solid balloon
There are at least five layers of paper on this card, including a frame I made from two square dies.
Stamp the Happy Birthday stamp onto white cardstock; punch it out. Then punch a coordinating piece of cardstock.
Friday, 24 February 2017
The hyacinth image is from Stampin' Up!'s Helping Me Grow set. I used a clear VersaMark ink pad to stamp the image, and then sprinkled it with a fine black embossing powder and used a heat gun to emboss the image. As mentioned in the previous post, the embossed lines trap the Distress Stains as you color the image.
When using Tim Holtz Distress Stains for watercoloring, you want to start with your lighter colors first. You can even water down these light subtle shades before painting. The water will open up the fibers in the watercolor paper, allowing subsequent layers of color to move and grab the paper. Move on to medium and darker shades next, mixing the stains with water or using them full strength. Water can be used to help blend colors on the paper.
Finish off your card with ribbons, eyelets and sentiments.
Thursday, 23 February 2017
Inspired by other stampers, I embossed the SU Helping Me Grow image onto watercolor paper first, using white ink and embossing powder.
The difference between these two cards is the thickness of the embossing powder. The card on top used a fine white embossing powder that created thinner lines; the bottom card has Melt Art Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel. They create two different looks, and I would suggest sticking with a finer embossing powder so that the stains don't seep out of the embossed area.
When I lived in Asia many moons ago, I occasionally played with batik paint on fabric. This technique reminded me of batik, as the Distress Stains spread out and are captured within the embossed lines.
I used a newly acquired Unity Stamp Company sentiment (May Your Day Be Full of Happy), which also was embossed with white ink and powder.
This technique would be especially easy to teach to novice stampers because it is so forgiving, yet so enjoyable.
Sunday, 12 February 2017
One Cup and Coffee, I was quick to order them, along with the coordinating dies. I am hesitant to confess this to tea friends, but I also like my coffee!
Sunday, 5 February 2017
Thursday, 2 February 2017
I sure hope Diane liked it, too!
Happy Birthday, Diane!!