Stampin' UP! For All Things and Aqua Painter
It's the third Monday of the month and that means it's time for the Stamp Review Crew. We are a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators focused on sharing a ton of ideas featuring a single stamp set. This week it's a set called For All Things. This set creates wonderful watercolor images of backgrounds and lease with some great sentiments. You have likely come from Sue Plote's blog on your way through this amazing hop. If you get lost, simply click on the banner for a list of participants and get back on track.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this set. But I wanted so badly to incorporate other stamp sets into the project. But those of you who follow my challenge posts know for the Stamp Review Crew I ONLY use the stamp set featured, just as I do with color challenges. I don't add colors t make it easier. That's why it's a challenge. I wanted a watercolor background. So I simply pieced the small watercolor background together to create a full quarter sheet background.
Step by Step Tips:
- I started with a 2 3/4” x 3 3/4“ of Whisper White card stock. I inked my leaf stamp with Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink and stamped the left leaf. Then I stamped the second leaf without re-inking the stamp. This created the illusion that the lighter image is behind the first image.
- I loaded the Aqua Painter with Real Red Classic Ink and brushed some of the color off. This prevents the Real Red from being too overpowering on the orange leaves. This is especially important for the lighter image. Randomly add Real Red to the leaves, paying particular attention to the tips. Brush off the Real Red ink on a scrap of paper until the water runs clear.
- Load the Aqua Painter tip only with Soft Suede Classic Ink and carefully create thin vein lines in the leaves. Make sure the tip is shaped to a point.
- Ink the acorn stamp with Soft Suede and stamp it near the top of the leaves. Then ink the sentiment and add it to the bottom.
- Mount the above component to a 3” x 4“ piece of Blackberry Bliss card stock.
- Cut 4 pieces of Cherry Cobbler Think Baker's Twine. (I used Baked Brown as I didn't have Cherry Cobbler) Lay them on the table flat and close together and lay the above component on it. Then simply knot it as you would a ribbon making sure the twine lies flat.
- Using a 4” x 5 1/4“ piece of Whisper White card stock, stamp the watercolor swipe multiple times to create the background. You only need to do the edges as the center won't show, I decided to leave the side edges with the edge of the stamp showing, To me, completely covering the card stock detracted from the watercolor effect. TIP: Alternate the edge of the stamp as you are going up each side of the card so it doesn't look like you've used the same stamp over and over again.
- Mount this piece on a 4 1/8” x 5 3/8“ piece of Blackberry Bliss card stock. Mount this a standard A2 card base (8 1/2“ x 5 1/2” scored at 4 1/4“) I never fold my card base until the card face is completed. It makes it so much easier to assemble the card.
- Add Stampin' Dimensionals to the four corners of the image panel and secure it to the base. Fold and done! Simple!
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