Welcome to the Blog Hop for the members of my extended team.

It is so fun to hop along and see what your friends are making and FALL is my favorite time of year for sure!

The stamp set Painted Harvest is just so much fun to play with and it does just seem like fall.

So many options of different color combo to give that little flower whatever personality or season you wanted it to have, really, but we are doing FALL now.

At a recent Tuesday team gathering,  we were playing with glossy paper and different ways to get ink on the paper and how it layers on this different cardstock.

It just made sense that we reached for this Painted Harvest set yet again to add the focal pieces.

We were also playing with using a little different way to add some watercoloring to the card, using ink first applied to our clear blocks.

Yes, the stamp holder becomes the ‘stamp’… think of those possibilities!

For this first card I did, I took the ‘I’ block and inked it up with markers in ‘fall’ colors…  Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie.

(I have markers I use for classes, but I have a special set just for ME that I keep on a rolling cart by my side when I craft.  I highly recommend all crafters just bite the bullet and get a full set of the Many Marvelous Markers even if you save them just for you… so convenient!)

We had a water bottle and were spraying the blocks for the water in the watercolor look.  But it made HUGE droplets!

Turned out the best way to get tiny droplets of water in a more controlled way on your inked up block was a stampin’ Up! tool… the spritzer!

Another benefit of the spritzer, you don’t soak your whole table or floor… geez, didn’t realize what a mess I was making.

Definitely use the spritzer!

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Here are these cards in process, I was making them for a swap in one of my uplines groups, so I was doing several.

It was really fun to have them all laid out like this because no two were the same!

One thing I did after I had ‘stamped’ the I block on the glossy cardstock for the base color… I inked up the leaves in the set and stamped them carefully within the boundaries of the ‘block’.

I really like the Old Olive of the leaves in that space!

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An Early Expresso sentiment and then playing with the colors of the flowers until they were to my liking.

The glossy paper allows for some fun layering of the colors in a way regular cardstock will not.

For most of the flowers, I did a the ‘back’ flower stamp over top of several layers of a ‘completed’ flower in tangerine tango.

I just wanted it to be more orangey… is that a word?  lol

So some linen twine across the card for texture, then mounting on an Old Olive narrow cut mat piece and then that on a Cajun Craze base card and the card is done.

I continued to play with this set that night and we made some other fun cards, and learned a few things we didn’t know before about working with the glossy paper, but that will be in another post.

If you made it through this whole post, I hope you play with this ‘inky block’ technique yourself.  It really is a bunch of fun!

Come back soon and enjoy the rest of the hop!

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