Welcome back to the Paper Crafts Crew Challenge! This week we have a color challenge:
Naturally, I thought about a Valentine's Day card with this combination. I had this set from last year and had never touched it. Lookie:
GOJUS!!! I had decided recently that I needed to be more me when stamping instead of trying so many things that I end up losing my unique point of view. What do I do best? Play with techniques is one of them. So I went back to a technique that I tried a over a year ago. I had this idea for this set to make a mystical kind of landscape with hearts floating through it, inspired by the recent fog we have had. I laid my stamps out about the way I wanted to use them and decided that a square card was the way to go. I cut a square piece of watercolor paper and taped it down to a clipboard. I laid the stamps out and sketched the landscape I wanted to have behind the decorative ironwork with the birds. I added lots of color with distress inks and Ranger blending tools.
I taped the Simon Says Stamp Large Falling Hearts stencil over the top of the paper and used a damp paper towel to lift color off the paper by gently blotting. Squeezing the paper towel activated the ink and made it puddle up, which happened in a couple of places, but I liked the little bit of variety it added. I ended up adding some white ink with the Distress Picket Fence marker to a few of the hearts.
At the bottom of the paper I decided instead of blotting up color that instead I would add color, so I added some Distress Spun Sugar using a blending tool through the stencil. I used the MISTI to stamp the iron work and banner and hanging hearts with Versafine Onyx ink, stamping it multiple times because the texture of the paper made it hard to get a solid image on the first try. After stamping, I colored in the hanging hearts with the Festive Berries marker. I also used the Shaded Lilac marker to add shadows to the ironwork poles, blending the ink into the background with a wet brush.
I used the same marker to do a little doodling around the edge. A couple of silver Doodlebug Sprinkles make pretty accents. I tried putting some sequins over the card, but they just didn't belong.
I stamped the banner a second time on Neenah Solar white and cut them out and glued them over the watercolor paper using the Sakura Quickie Glue pen.
I love how it turned out! It's much more mystical looking in person.
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