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.
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.
I bought the Hero Arts Everything Flower background stamp when it was first released earlier this year. I was a little worried that it would be too similar to my Flower Bursts Pattern stamp but after playing with both quite a bit the last few months, I find they both have added a lot of different things to my cards.
For my Mother’s Day cards this year, I thought it would be fun to challenge myself to use the same background stamp in different ways. To control the growth in my scrap pile, I decided to use up my existing supplies. This first card really surprised me. I am always surprised at the creative process, especially when I use scraps. For example, I started quickly by embossing the stamp on the lavender card stock but then it took about 30 minutes to piece together the color scheme and colors. Something about the patterns and color combination makes me think of Japanese gift wrapping.
For this next card, I embossed the background stamp in white on top of some water color paper that was transformed using Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads and my craft sheet. (You can learn more about my obsession with this technique here.) The grey-blue cardstock that frames the water color paper is such a beautiful color. Everything really poped against the white.
I used less conventional Mother’s Day sentiments on these cards because they really fit the notes I wrote inside. I’ve experienced many milestones the last few years and I really wanted to thank the ladies in my life for supporting and loving me all these years. I’m very blessed and grateful.
I’ve been very fascinated by water color techniques after watching several videos by Kristina Werner and others using Tim Holtz distress inks and inktense pencils. This next slew of cards exhibits the depth of my newfound
obssession passion with watercolor and continuing love of emboss folders. I created the following cards using various Quik Kutz emboss folders, a craft sheet, and Tim Holtz distress ink pads.
For the center strip, I tried out a braying technique that is supposed to mimic the look of letterpress. It was my first go around and although I definitely need to work on my technique, I think it’s a cool look.
Something about this just screams “under the sea” to me – in the best way possible.