Saturday, July 23, 2016

Working with a Large Wreath Stamp

Hello friends! 
I love making wreath cards!
 Whether it's free style (stamp your own wreath) or stamps with wreaths, I love them all.

This Flowers All Around Cling Stamp from Penny Black is very detailed and also large (measures 4 1/2" x 4 1/2"). At first sight, you might find stamp like this to be a bit intimidating due to the super fine outlines for coloring and its sheer size.

But it doesn't have to be that way....
You can take my lazy stamper's approach and make it look like you are an "artist".

As usual, I stamped with my trusty regular size MISTI and double stamped the image twice with Versamark ink. I wanted to make sure EVERY fine line would be embossed. Sure enough, the white-embossing turned out great.
sending you lots of hugs and kisses  

 I then set up a little water-coloring station in front of my TV. While watching my favorite shows, I watercolored away with Kuretake Gansai Tambi (36)....I was not being careful about coloring in the fine details and all I focused on---having fun with watercolors and my TV shows!

hugs and kisses

The sun flowers were colored first.  Then I added layers and layers of soft colors.
hugs and kisses

I think I achieved my goal of having fun and guess what, the result is not too shabby!
Next time when you see a large stamp like this,
.... just go ahead and watercolor away!
I hope to come up with more ways with using this stamp. 
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Friday, July 22, 2016

Masking a Cute Scene

Hello friends!
I am snucking in to share another card I made with the Tiny Ninja  (by Mama Elephant) set in Masterpiece Box. Many have expressed how much they love this set with their comments during the blog hop. I am one of them, too. I am not huge on creating cutesy cards. However, once in a while, a stamp set like this can make you want to think and play. 
...and that is a very "good thing",  as Martha would say. 
To create the action, I stamped and clear-emboss the black ninja image. Once it's embossed, I stamped the image on a piece of paper (not too thick, not too thin) and cut it out as the mask. With that mask (covering the black image), I worked my way and stamped two more colors.

you snuck your way into my heart
The colors of the tiny ninjas are based on the pattern paper. While I was at it, I stamped the colorful sentiment with MISTI. This Tiny Ninja set is slated to be released as an individual set in October.
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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Spotlighting with Watercolors!

Hello friends! 
I don't know about you...when it comes to stamping, I am kind of old-school.
There is this technique called "Spotlighting". Basically you stamp the entire image and then you highlight only a certain area with or without colors (depending on the design) with a shape. I love the idea behind it and I am using this Good Neighbor stamp from Penny Black as an example.


Today's post is my latest take with this technique with watercolors. 
I have seen many takes on this technique, but I rarely see a watercolor version. A large stamp like Good Neighbor is ideal for spotlighting.
Happy Birthday

I decided to use the Memory Box Stitched Oval Die to highlight the image. 
With the help of MISTI, I stamped the ENTIRE image with Khaki and clear-embossed it.
I made the oval die cut and started coloring the background lightly. Keeping it light, I only used pastel colors. For the white images, I actually colored it with white/silver from the Kuretake Watercolor (36) set. 

HB (close-up)

For my focal oval image, I added lots of layers of colors and shades. Once it's dry, I clear-embossed it twice. That is also why the image is shiny and is almost metal-like. Two more pieces of oval die were added for the dimensions. 

Happy birthday (Close-up)

Here is a card I made previously with the same stamp.
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wish you a very happy birthday

I hope this gives you some ideas/inspiration about this technique.
Here is one I made with the same technique (see below
thinking of you
You can use this technique with any styles/ medium.  It can be slightly more involved like the card I share today. Thanks for stopping by!

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