I love it when the product of playtime actually ends up looking good. This next project is the result of looking at a home decor catalog and a messy worktable. There I was trying to decide if I should clean my workspace or just start another project on top of the mess. I had a couple of home decor catalogs open for inspiration and it hit me. Ink a stamp with the daubers.
I had been blending Merry Merlot, Gray Granite, Pumpkin Pie, Mossy Meadow. Crushed Curry, and Cajun Craze ink with daubers. So, I picked them up and pounced the leafy branch from Positive Thoughts stamp set. There was still enough ink to give the image a nice subtle blended look.
Here are the 2 cards that I created
I am drawn to the Positive Thoughts stamp set and Nature’s Touch dies. There is an organic feel to all the images. For these cards, I am using the leafy branch and combining it with Very Versailles, Free As A Bird, Forever Gold laser-cut Specialty Paper, Scripty 3D and Dainty Diamonds embossing folders, and a gold hoop. The seal is a retired embellishment, Floral Romance Seals. I thought it added a nice touch against the Merry Merlot and Gray Granite.
I encourage you to play with your Stampin’ Up! products. Everything coordinates so well. Here are some things to think about.
- Add texture with embossing folders.
- Stamp and emboss the area behind a focal point.
- Fussy cut a sentiment.
- Group your elements in a cluster for a larger focal point.
- Dip the edge of your panel in Versamark and heat emboss with gold, white or silver embossing powder.
- Add Dimensionals.
- Burnish the edges with additional color.
- Flick ink with the brush end and cap of a Stampin’ Blend.
- Die-cut layers using the many wonderful frames.
- Change the color of cardstock using a sponge wedge, brayer, or dauber and ink pad.
There are so many different techniques that can take your projects to the next level. Do not be afraid.
Now go play.
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