Hi and welcome to another NC Demos Blog Hop!
This month I have enjoyed playing with the new stamp set ‘Fresh Fruit’ and a stamper staple item, our extra thick watercolor paper.
The stamp set is one of those cool 2 Step Stamping ones.
With an ‘inside’ stamp for adding the color and an ‘outside’ outline stamp.
These photopolymer stamps are totally transparent for perfect image placement.
And check out all those stamps included… 24 photopolymer stamps in that one set, what a great value!
The watercolor paper is pretty cool too.
If you love to watercolor, you’ll want this 100% cotton paper, cold-pressed to resist buckling when wet.
It’s designed especially for watercoloring and absorbs water to keep paper flat for a high-quality finished look. Use with Classic Stampin’ Ink, Blender Pens, and Aqua Painters.
In this package, you will get 5 sheets, each measuring 6″ x 9″.
Now you may think this is an odd size for paper for a card-maker, but it is really a great size. This paper isn’t meant to be a base card, it is meant to be a focal point!
So let me show you how I made some fun focal pieces for my cards with this paper. First, I gathered my stamp set, fruit colored inks I wanted to use, the watercolor paper and a squirt bottle of water. And a paper towel underneath to keep my work space dry.
And this was a lot of fun, too!
Then some Real Red for the strawberries, a great color POP!
Even if you don’t like it at first, keep going! Add the leaves and the strawberry tops.
With each layer of the beautiful color, the sheet gets more interesting.
Even better to watch the colors move in the water. Another squirt of water helps or use the aqua painter to help things along a bit.
Here is a picture of my finished sheet, cut into the 4 equal pieces, now measuring 4.5″ x 3″. You can see the watercolor bleed a little better in this picture.So just one more thing to really make my fruit pieces yummy… the GLAZE!
This ‘glaze’ is easily achieved by pressing a versamark ink pad directly onto the focal piece, making sure to get all the piece inked well.
Look at the difference in the piece at the bottom right!
Yep, the glaze is a great addition to my sweet little fruit.
Now it is time to assemble my card.
I mentioned the focal piece is 3″x4.5″. Not sure why, but I am really in to a small first mat layer lately. Especially when you are drawing out a bright color just to highlight it.
This saying is also in the Fresh Fruit set.
I grabbed a little enamel heart from the 2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes. I LOVE these things! You get over 200 shapes, 40 each in the 5 in-colors. They are self stick and just one really tops a card off, like it did for mine.
If you still have any doubts at what a value this Fresh Fruit set is, look at this second card made with the same set, but different stamps, different colors, different coordinating heart enamel shapes.
Another example of the good sentiments in this set. I really like this 2 part saying… great for a BFF or spouse, and one I had never seen on a stamp before.
OK, that is the end for my project.
I really hope some of you may be motivated to go to my store (click on the shopping cart in the right column) and get this set and watercolor paper for yourself.
We all need some theraputic craft time, after all. Make it count and send some cute cards to your friends!
Using watercolor techniques with stamps is not a new technique of course, but sometimes you need to be reminded of something fun you haven’t done in a while.
This past Tuesday night at my weekly local team gathering, my relatively new TaDa! Stampers Team Member (but long time stamper!), Carren, showed the others how to recreate a beautiful card she had recently posted, and that is what inspired me to do these cards for the blog hop.
Here is a peek into some of the creativity and FUN the members of my team and I have all the time!
(would love to have you join us send me an email!)
Now to the blog of my extremely talented friend, Jo Anne Hewins. Can’t wait to see what she has for us!
Here is the full lineup – hope you enjoy hopping thru what we have made today to show you!
Tamra Davis – YOU ARE HERE!