All of these images were stamped and embossed on Ranger watercolor cardstock. I have several other brands, but the Ranger is bright white and the colors look so much better on it.
This one was colored with Distress Inks – Aged Mahogany and Victorian Velvet for the flowers, and probably Crushed Olive with a little Forest Moss for the leaves. I got brave and flicked a little watered down Aged Mahogany with a paintbrush! I’m always afraid of ruining the whole thing that way, but it worked out this time. Whew!
I love the SSS Antique Gold embossing powder. It gives some pretty shine without being too in-your-face.
Twinkling H2Os on this one. It’s been SO long since I used them, but I will be using them more often, I think. I love the way this turned out, just a subtle shimmer and shine. No Wink of Stella needed. If you still have these, get them out and show them some love – you won’t regret it.
It’s hard to capture the shimmer in a photograph, but it’s there.
This one (WPlus9 Dahlia) was colored with Tombow markers that I scribbled on an acrylic block. I used a waterbrush and colored with them the same way as with the Distress Inks and H2Os. The colors are a little softer, but I love the effect. I think I need more colors.
Once again, I used the SSS Antique Gold embossing powder. Love that stuff!
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Maybe this watercolor stuff isn't as hard as I thought :-) I may have used the Zig Clean Color Brush Pens, or it could be Distress Ink, I honestly don't remember. The Distress Inks are much easier to use, though, at least for me. I may break out my Gansai Tambi set someday, once I get a little more comfortable with the whole thing.
Stamps & Dies: WPlus9 Doodle Buds, SSS Sending and Wishing
I've seen so many of these galaxy backgrounds and I was just fascinated by how cool they look. Some of them seem really involved - 4 or 5 colors, blending till your arms fall off, spritzing and splattering with this and that, etc. I watched the videos (over and over again) and checked out the blog posts, and finally settled on this one from Jennifer McGuire.
It was much easier than I thought, and I love the way they turned out.
I've had this stamp set forever and I thought it would be perfect for this occasion. The little monster is on an action wobbler! He's too cute!
He's colored with Copics, and I used similar colors of ink with the MFT Distressed Patterns stamp set for the background. I embossed it using a We R Memory Keepers Next Level embossing folder. The tiny hearts were made with a Simon Says Stamp stencil and I die cut it with a postage die from MFT.
I had to make a couple of shaker cards, and I finally tried a simple watercolor background.
I found this photo on my phone and thought I had posted it, but apparently not.
The ‘happy’ die (My Favorite Things) is adhered to craft foam cut with the same die for some added dimension, and the ‘birthday’ die (Papertrey Ink) was cut from yellow craft foam – apparently mounted a little wonky, although it could be the angle of the photo I think I added some Stick-It adhesive to the back of both dies before cutting. It is SO much easier than trying to get liquid adhesive on them. I just saw a post on Laura Bassen’s blog this morning where she adhered the cardstock to the craft foam BEFORE die cutting and she said it worked perfectly. I will try that next time.
The balloon was made using an MFT die. I embossed the stars with white embossing powder and sponged some Distress Ink over it before die cutting. I added some sequins (adhered with micro glue dots), some die cut hearts, and a little twine on the balloon.
I may have gotten a little over-ambitious with the sequins and stuff, but I love the way it turned out. I made one for a friend, and another one with different colors in the background for my son’s birthday in December. The Stick-It adhesive is what makes it so dead simple to create. They are just so much fun to make and fun to receive, as well.
I wish you all a very Happy New Year!