Hello friends! Welcome back…it’s been a bit!
I’m sorry for the brief interlude, but I took a little summer vacation from my blog and was working on some things behind the scenes, playing in my garden and finishing up some projects around the house that were waiting for some warm weather. But, I hope to be back now for a bit here and there with some more inspiration and creativeness.
I hope that you all have been well and enjoying your summer!
Today, I’m sharing a set of small cards created using the recently released Stampers Anonymous everyday stamp sets. The two new sets that the cards feature are the Floral Trims CMS461 and the Note Quotes CMS463.
The Floral Trims is a beautiful new set that is perfect for anyone that loves to color using any and all sorts of mediums. I enjoyed creating these using my Distress Ink Refills, a paint brush and to add a bit of whimsy…the new Distress Watercolor Pencils.. (Can you see the scribbles and pencil markings in the background…I just love the effect that they bring to the table because they can be used both wet and dry!)
So, let’s get to it!
I started by trimming 2 pieces of watercolor paper approximately to the size of the Floral Trims Background stamp (4″x6″). I stamped the images using Distress Archival ink in Ground Espresso, then dried them with my heat tool. I spritzed the stamped papers with water, then spritzed them with a combination of Antique Linen and Lost Shadow Spray Stains, then dried the papers again. This gave the images a light wash of color and a good vintage looking background. Then I moved on to watercoloring both images using a paintbrush, water and Distress Ink refills.
I dropped a few drips of color from my distress ink refills onto my glass craft mat, then dipped a paint brush into water and lightly water brushed color into the image. To blend colors of ink, for example, pick up a shade of green, then color in a part of your image, then while the colored area is still wet, pick up another shade of green and add it to the previously green colored area. This creates the blended and shaded effect that you see in my examples. The wet inks, once blended, were then dried using a heat tool.
Once I had the green and yellow areas of my floral colored and dried, I added shadings of purples in a blended and shaded way as I had done with the greens, then dried the image with y heat tool.
I trimmed the watercolored piece right down the center to create 2 backgrounds. But once I did that, I decided that the backgrounds might need some more shading and whimsy…so I grabbed my Distress Watercolor Pencils and began adding some more shading.
The Distress Watercolor Pencils are a creative new way to add color to images. They can be used dry by scribbling or coloring images or they can be used wet, by dipping them into water to activate the pigments and create a more watercolored look.
In the sample below, you’ll see that I scribbled some areas on the flowers, leaves, and stamens using colors and shading where in my mind I thought they might go. This was done VERY randomly and scribbly…which is the reason I love the Distress Watercolor Pencils so much. They do NOT need to be done in a precise way, just scribbled here and there.
I chose to activate the pigments a little with a paint brush, then dried them with my heat tool. The image below shows the differance between using the watercolor pencils (the bottom card background) or not using them (the top card background) I love how the pencils added more colorful interest and highlights, and continued to add more color to all of the backgrounds using them.
Once the images were all colored, I added scribbled markings into some of the background areas then chose not to watercolor them…I love scribbles!
I then began doing the same techniques to the next floral background but changed it up by using a few other Distress colors.
Once I had the backgrounds complete, I stamped a circle and phrase from the Note Quotes Stamp Set onto a scrap of watercolor paper using Ground Espresso Archival Ink, then began scribbling the watercolor pencils onto the circles and activating it with a paint brush, then dried it with a heat tool. (you might notice that there are some scribbles on the circles too…I just couldn’t stop!)
I cut the circles out using a pair of scissors. Behind each circle phrase, I stuffed a small bit of white thread, then adhered the circle to the front of the background.
Using my sewing machine and white thread, I haphazardly stitched around and around the phrase and in random areas, then stitched on a couple white pearl vintage buttons using a needle and thread.
I left a little edge framing each card front to the card base and applied them using foam adhesive.
With that, my set of small cards was complete!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Enjoy your day!
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