Let’s start the New Year with a smile and a cute little critter using two stamp sets from Create A Smile (Glück ist and Post für dich). If you check out their shop, you will see, that all the stamp sets are available in English too.
Throughout my stamping, my new Hampton precision stamping tool was a great help to me. It’s like the Misti, but cheeper and bigger than their smallest size. I placed my sentiment where I wanted it and stamped it, using the Hero Arts Pool to Navy ink pad. I had to re-ink and stamp again a couple of times, as I was using watercolour paper. For the last layer I used Versamark ink and then clear embossed it.
Next I stamped the cute little snail. Originally it caries a heart. This I masked off, and added the four-leaf clover instead. For this, the stamping tool is great too. It allows you to lay down the stamp excactly where you want it on your paper, then pick it up with the door on the tool. This way it stamps excactly where you want it. I used Versafine Onyx Black ink and cler heat embossed it as well.
To colour it, I went for my Inktense pencils. Other than normal watercolour pecils, their ink dries permanent. This let’s you put a wash over a dried layer in another colour and have the one underneath show through. I actually ended up using seven or eight colours on the little critter.
Once everything was dry, it was time for the background. It was the reason for using watercolour paper, because I added heaps of water over everything, except the snail. I used Distress inks in salty ocean and peacock feathers towards the bottom, creating a look of sky and clouds.
Finally, I die cut the panel with the Avery Elle wonky stitched rectangle die and matted it on some dark teal cardstock. I used lots of adhesive to flatten down my watercolour piece. I added it on pastel purple card base and used my clear Wink of Stella on the clover and the tiny heart.
So I ended up with a one layer card, which I usually find quite hard. But I am really pleased with how it turned out.
I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Challenge 459 – What’s new