This photo was inspired by the sketch over at Inspired by Stamping. I stamped the Clearly Besotted flowers in Versafine Onyx Black ink, then watercoloured them with Inktense pencils, using my Wink of Stella pen instead of a normal paintbrush so they’d be sparkly rather than plain. You can see this a little better in the photo below, although I found it really hard to photograph as it was a very dull day here!
After several failed attempts at making a background, I finally settled on one created with Inktense pencils, colouring through an Imagination Crafts stencil in the Violet pencil then filling in the gaps in a green colour. The greeting was a combination of a diecut word (again, Clearly Besotted) cut from plain white card, coloured with Violet Promarker then given a touch of Wink of Stella again, and the word “With” (by Elzybells) stamped in Violet Promarker. See my previous post for the warning about stamping with Promarkers! I’m also entering this into the challenge over at Simon Says Stamp where the theme is “Sparkle and Shine”.
Sometimes a card just suddenly comes together after a few false starts; this was just such a card.
I stamped the Hero Arts Delicate Blossoms stamp in Antique Linen onto watercolour paper, then coloured it with Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils.
A few ink splashes completed the watercolour look, and the greeting was stamped in olive Yinks ink. Both the main image & the greeting were mounted onto textured olive cardstock. The cross by Papermania was stamped in mid grey ink.
I’ve seen a number of cards which use white ink for stamping the image, and I decided to try this on kraft card using Inktense pencils as my colouring medium. The ink I used was Hero Arts Unicorn which is the best white ink I’ve come across & is supposed to be fast drying – not on kraft, it isn’t!! This turned out to be a happy accident because after leaving my first stamped image for a day to dry, I found that my watercolouring skills weren’t good enough for the more detailed parts of the image, and I kept going over the lines. So I re-stamped & embossed it with clear fine detail powder to make the watercolouring easier.
The colour is Inktense Fuchsia & I returned to the image numerous times to tweak it until I was happy with the result. The greeting is by Clearly Besotted, stamped with Brilliance in Pearlescent Orchid, and the “raindrops” are Viva Decor Glass Effect Gel which I’d dropped onto a craft sheet & left to dry. Another happy accident is that although the overall card design just fell into place, it also happens to be the same as the sketch challenge running this week over at Splitcoaststampers so I’m going to enter it there.
Stamps: Hero Arts Delicate Blossoms CL449, Clearly Besotted Many Messages
Sympathy cards are so difficult but I always think poppies are quite appropriate. This was coloured using dry Derwent Inktense pencils blended with a blender pencil, then masked so I could do the background stamping.
I never intended the script stamp to be so patchy but my first attempt, using the first generation ink, was too dominant so I decided the second generation ink would be better. I’m entering this into this week’s challenge at Keep It Simple, where the theme is text.
Cardstock: Xerox Colotech Plus 300gsm
Stamps: Hero Arts Delicate Blossoms, Inkylicious Script Stamp,