My parents moved to Arizona recently. I decided to make a card that I could leave with a little message. I was interested in trying a new technique my sister showed me that is like water coloring except with an acrylic block and distress ink. As it turned out, I ended up using brown as the secondary color even though my mother says, “Brown is not a color!”
I didn’t have an acrylic block to fit the background stamp, so I used the wood side of the stamp to make the background section. I covered the wood with the red distress ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger), then added little dabs of green. I sprayed the ink with a little water with a spritzer, then “stamped” the paper wood/ink side down. Pressing the stamp made the colors run together. I dried the paper with an embossing gun, and the dried portion looked like I had water colored it!
I stamped the same stamp, only the rubber side with brown. I also stamped a bird and “for you”. The stamps were all from Stampin’ Up. I layered with red and textured paper. A few different ribbons, corrugated brown paper, and a few gems and the front was complete.
I added the textured paper and another stamp from Stampin’ Up to the inside.
Mom thought the card was lovely, even though it had a lot of brown!
I recently purchased the new QuicKutz die cuts and some coordinating Hero Arts stamps. I was anxious to try them out, though I went with some Stampin’ Up stamps instead! The card kind of came together as I was working; I didn’t exactly have anything in mind when I started.
Actually, I had the green paper and the one where the tree/floral stamp is. It took a while to find some coordinating papers, but I found a scrapbooking set which not only had the paper, but the flowers, ribbon, and brads as well! It was like hitting the jackpot!
To make this card, you’ll need the following:
Stamp: Stampin’ Up set called Of the Earth, and the saying, not sure the name of the set
Ink: Stampin’ Up green; Tim Holtz distress ink
brown; glitter pen
Accessories: patterned paper, purple ribbon, paper flowers (purple and cream), brads
Paper: green, white (sponged green with brown on the edges), and dark purple
Die Cuts: QuicKutz scalloped rectangles
I got Stampin’ Up’s new set, Of the Earth. I decided to use earth tones and must have played with how to put these pieces together for an hour! It is a pretty card, but I want to play around a bit more and see what else I can do.
To make this card, you need the following:
Stamps: Stampin’ Up
Ink: Versafine, black
Paper: flecked yellow, rust, purple, and green; solid black; patterned paper to match.