Hello there and happy Sunday! I hope that you are well and that you are having a great weekend! I am back today to share another new make created for the new Distress color, Prize Ribbon…did you happen to catch the Tim Holtz youtube live yesterday, announcing the new color? If you did’t you can check it out HERE. Wowza! It was like waiting for Christmas! I love seeing how Tim shares the color and hearing the excitement in his voice and seeing all the excitement that it stirs up in people…including me! Seeing the swatches and individual products then seeing the inspiration…it just gives me goosebumps! Prize Ribbon is such a vibrant blue hue and wicks out into so many shades that it is a beautiful addition to the Distress line.
Today’s sample that I’m sharing, in my opinion, really shows Prize Ribbon’s ability to wick out. Meaning, it’s ability to change tones by adding water to lighten, or adding more ink to darken. The amount of shades that this color can produce is mind-blowing!
Here’s a very up-close and personal look at what I’m talking about with the wick…shade upon shade, upon shade…a watercoloring dream! My new favorite Stampers Anonymous Floral Outlines CMS430 stamp set was made for this color!
I chose to pair the flower background with some of my favorite things, labels and postage things (label frames CMS264 & correspondence CMS225), and entomology bits and a beautiful moth (Entomology CMS328 & Field Notes CMS396) in shades that coordinated with the background. (ok…so I may have gone a little crazy with the stamp sets, but a card like this is fun to coordinate several sets together, so go on a hunt and see what fun you can have by mixing sets that you already have in your collection!)
So, let’s get to it!
I started by stamping the 3 floral outline stamps randomly onto a piece of distress watercolor paper. I lightly sprinkled the stamped flowers with Prize Ribbon Embossing Glaze, then embossed the areas with my embossing tool. What I mean by lightly sprinkled… not all the stamped flowers received a thorough sprinkling of powder, meaning I specifically left some of the areas un-embossed. This way I could pull some color out of the stamped area using my Detail Water Brush without needing to use a dip of any of the color, just water. This also meant that the embossed areas remained a bit darker than the un-embossed areas and gave me more variance of color.
I smooshed my Prize Ribbon ink pad onto my craft mat, then picked up color using my Distress Detail Water Brush, then starting with very washed out shades began building my Prize Ribbon colors up, and dried with my heat tool in-between adding the shades. To get the very dark shades of color, I dripped a dot of the Prize Ribbon Reinker onto my craft mat and added it to the flowers.
I left the centers of the flowers plain from water or color, then using the water brush, dotted in shades of yellow, orange and red, again drying with my heat tool before adding each color into the mix.
I lightly inked up the dotted background stamp with Prize Ribbon ink, spritzed the stamp with water and lightly and randomly added dots into the open white areas of the paper. Then with my water brush, blended out some of the dots into the background.
I added some Picket Fence Distress Paint to the dot stamp, then again, lightly stamped white dots into the background. This added a little more depth to the background.
I dripped some paint onto my craft mat, then using my stylus tool, dotted some paint into the centers of the flowers.
I stamped the entomology moth using the new Hickory Smoke Archival Ink pad and my Stamping Platform..leaving the moth stamp and paper that I worked on within the platform as it was watercolored.
Again, using my water brush, I picked up colors and watercolored the moth, then very quickly dried it with my heat tool. (be sure not to leave the heat of the heat tool over you platform for too long, just a couple quick shots are needed to get it dry-ish.)
Once it was watercolored and dry, I then inked up the moth with Prize Ribbon OXIDE ink, then stamped over top of the colored moth. This is why I left the moth and paper that I was working on within the stamp platform.
Stamping over top of the watercolored areas really makes the moth and watercoloring POP!
See what I mean??? So beautiful!!!
But, then I wondered if it needed a little more detail or depth to it, so I decided to sprinkle it with some frosted crystal embossing powder.
So, when I embossed it with my embossing tool, I couldn’t really notice much of a difference and was kind of bummed, I noticed it added a little dimension to it, but not the oomph that I was looking for… so instead of pitching it into the bin, I decided to heat it up with my embossing tool and while the powder was hot, sprinkle it with clear embossing powder…I am so glad that I did because I made a little discovery…
Check out that detail!!!!!
Then I thought, wait… is this more detailed because of the frosted crystal embossing powder that I had used??? So then I had to conduct a little experiment! I quickly watercolored another moth using the exact same colors, did all the same steps but this time DIDN’T use the frosted crystal prior and just embossed it with clear embossing powder and check this out…
The top moth is the one that was embossed with the frosted crystal and clear embossing powder…the bottom one was embossed with ONLY clear embossing powder. See the difference? The clear embossing powder one isn’t as detailed!! What? Weird, not sure why, but, for whatever reason, very cool! It might not make that big a difference to many, but to me, a detail geek, I was stoked! LOL!!
Now, moving on… I stamped, watercolored, trimmed and arranged labels, and cut out the moth using the Entomology Sizzix Thinlet set. I stitched around my background paper using my sewing machine and layered all the pieces onto the card base using foam adhesive and collage medium. Some scraps of thread were adhered just under the moth and a vintage button added for that shabby chic-ness. I stamped the phrase (Tiny Text CMS394) and trimmed it to fit just under the moth arrangement. I added another mat layer using a background stamp and stitched around the outside edge, then adhered all the layers together.
With that, my card was complete…
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great rest of your Sunday!
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Products used to create this make: Prize Ribbon Distress Products, Prize Ribbon Embossing Glaze, Floral Outlines CMS430, Label Frames CMS264 Correspondence CMS225, Entomology CMS328, Field Notes CMS396, Tiny Text CMS394, Dots and Floral CMS220, Detail Water Brush, Picket Fence Distress Paint, Vintage button, thread, sewing machine and more..