Hello friends! I’m back with my final make from the Uncharted Mariner release. This tutorial focuses on a set of notecards that I created with it featuring the Tiny Toadstools stamp set CMS377. How cute are they? I have always had a thing for vintage dictionaries (in fact, I own at least 25..I know, a little obsessive, but they’re vintage, they make me happy and they’re great photo props, as you can see in the photo below), and these mushrooms remind me of the illustrations that were always featured in them. I love them! So, I decided to make myself a batch of Uncharted Mariner mushroom notecards.
I started with a piece of watercolor paper and spritzed it with water, then spritzed it with Pumice Stone Distress Spray. I took a paint brush and dipped it in some water and went over top of the ink to blend the color out and create the look of a wash, rather than a spray, then I dried it with my heat tool.
I placed the piece of paper within my stamp platform, then stamped a mushroom image using Hickory Smoke Archival Ink…archival because I didn’t want the color to run while I watercolored all the images. Leaving the paper in the stamp platform, I used Uncharted Mariner (both regular and oxide) and Pumice Stone, Brushed Corduroy, Peeled Paint & Rustic Wilderness inks that were smooshed on my craft mat, picking up the color with a wet paintbrush. As the mushroom dried, I added more & more color until it was to my liking. Once the watercolor paper was almost dry, I inked up the image, but this time using Black Soot Archival ink. Here is a photo of the mushroom watercolored prior to stamping with the Black Soot.
And here is after…
Next, I inked up the handwritten stamp included in the Toadstools set with Brushed Corduroy distress ink, then spritzed the stamp with water and stamped it randomly into the background.
I washed out the colors here and there with a wet paintbrush, removed it from the platform, let it dry and did this over and over again until I had my 4 background for the set. I variegated the handwritten stamped image in the background by stamping in Uncharted Mariner Oxide ink.
I smooshed some Brushed Corduroy onto my craft mat and picked up some of the color using a wet paint brush, and added more color into the backgrounds.
I created some backgrounds with a mono-printing technique using the new Linked Circle and Linked Squares Layering Stencils (THS159 & THS157) and a variety of spray stains and inks. These became the backgrounds that I used behind the mushroom images.
I stamped the Specimens label using Uncharted Mariner Oxide Ink then using a circle punch, I embellished the tag using a variety of stamps from the Eccentric Stamp Set CMS448 and Black Soot Archival Ink.
I dyed some string using a bit of Uncharted ink and water and dried it with my heat tool. I gathered some scraps of burlap and denim and attached them together with a tiny safety pin then stitched on a rusty and crusty button.
I trimmed the mushrooms card fronts matted them to some pieces of Kraft paper, then, using my sewing machine, stitched around the edges and matted them to the trimmed background pieces. I hand stitched some cross stitches using the dyed string, tied some pieces of jute to the top of the card and added the pin embellishment.
With that, my cards were complete!
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial..thanks so much for stopping by, have a fantastic weekend!
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Uncharted Mariner Distress Products, Tiny Toadstools Stamp Set CMS377, Linked Squares and Circles Layering Stencils THS157 & THS159, a variety of spray stains and inks, watercolor paper, idea-ology mini pins
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Nancy Wethington says
The watercolor, the background, the detail … I’m in awe!
Connie Griffin says
These are awesome, love how you colored the mushrooms and the great backgrounds with them. Your embellishing to top the card off is so neat, just love these!
Linda E says
Just lovely. I am new to card making and love to see the potential you see in every crafting tool. Your designs are inspirational and definitely not run of the mill!
gina goodling says
Stacy you are the best at your step outs, and your photos get an A+, too! Thank you for another inspirational set of makes🏅🏅🏅
PS….love the vintage dictionaries
Kathleen Teeters says
Another beautiful make! I love the mushrooms that color & your watercolor technic is, as always, stunning!
Deborah Adams says
Stacy, This project has to be my most favourite from the Unchartered Mariner release. The layers and composition you have created are just awesome. Thanks so much for the step by step. Will definitely be trying out these techniques. You are so inspiring! xx
Anne Dwyer says
Absolutely gorgeous Stacy! Thank you so much for sharing and showing all of the techniques you used to create this fabulous project.
Love this project ! Thank you for your instruction and inspiration !!!
I love these backgrounds! Fabulous projects 😍