Going through a long-term illness can be very difficult and continuing support after the initial burst of sympathy can be a nice way to keep someone’s spirit’s up. A few weeks after she took leave, I whipped up the card below and got some of my co-workers to sign it. The sentiment is from a free Studio Calico printable.
My love for Mama Elephant is well documented on this blog. Below are some recent projects using the Splendid stamp set and my all-time favorite set, Good Times.
I cut out a circle on water color paper using the Silhouette Cameo. Then, I heat embossed the Splendid sentiment in white powder, which was followed by using the Distress Ink pads in Squeezed Lemonade, Peacock Feathers, and Mowed Lawn to achieve a water color look. The little birds were stamped in Staz-On ink and then colored in with a water color brush using Neocolors.
My love of water color continued on this card. I used a one inch punch to create the circles from a water color tester sheet I made after purchasing a set of Faber Castell Gelatos last month. I popped some of the circles up using foam tape. The sentiment and dancing peeps are from the Good Times set.
I learn so much from the kwernerdesign blog and the moment I saw this blog post, I had to try this technique myself.
I don’t have many flower stamps so I embossed a Hero Arts background stamp with white powder. I used all the colors Kristina Werner used on her blog (combination of distress markers and distress ink pads) and added Shaded Lilac to the mix. I also bought a set of watercolor brushes which enabled me to control the color saturation. The first photo is my tester and I love it. I think the first time around, this technique yielded an almost stained glass look.
After building my confidence, I tried my hand with the larger piece, which is for a greeting card. I wasn’t as careful on the larger piece because I was trying out the larger water color brushes. I messed up a little on one of the lilac flowers and I could have left the pumice stone ink on longer before dabbing but overall, I love the effect.