Here is my interpretation of Kristina Werner’s example of using background stamps after watercoloring them in class for Day 1 in the Stretch Your Stamps 2 class at Online Card Classes. I used the Penny Black “Retro” background stamp and watercolored it after clear heat embossing. I then highlighted the details of the stamp with a fine brush, thereby adding pops of color. I then used a My Favorite Things die for sentiment and stars. The Happy is from WPlus9 “hello” set. The background stamp on the card base is Impression Obsession stamped with Hero Arts Shadow inks in lemon yellow, lime green, and soft stone. The frame is from a scrap I watercolored previously – never throw away those scraps!
This second card uses the Penny Black base as noted above. I stacked up the black birthday die multiple times, then used wink of stella, which can’t really be appreciated in the scan. Happy sentiment is Clearly Besotted.
I’m looking forward to Day 2 of the Online Card Class, but for now, I’m off to work!
Here is my first card from Day 1 of Online Card Classes – Stretch Your Stamps 2 – Backgrounds. The background stamp is from Hero Arts “Sweet Threads – Antique” and made using distress inks as shown by Shari Caroll. You can’t really tell, but I sprayed with Pearlized water so in real life, it shimmers. I changed the original card idea around into a fall version and am thrilled with how it came out. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamps, label is Tim Holtz die, and the great leaves are die cuts from Impression Obsession which took me forever to get last year and I’m glad I did. Oh do I love me some Online Card Classes!
I made a second card so I decided to add to this post.
This is the same technique using stencils and distress inks I just posted. This card put me in mind if a teenager and will be used for my Operation Write Home donation. Stamp set is from Paper Smooches.
Second try on this technique using distress inks watered down with perfect pearls in picked raspberry, squeezed lemonade, and mowed lawn. The blue is Cerulean from Nick Bantock, a gorgeous color. I think I like this version better – less dots though still a little too structured.