Hello everyone! If you are a regular follower of my blog you know that today is my day to post for The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. Next week all of the designers are going be participating in a week long event to showcase two of the new Autumn stamp sets from the Stamp Simply Clear Stamps Collection. But I am so excited to share a sneak peek with you today of the new Harvest stamp set! The Harvest stamp set is a wonderful set that includes six sentiments/verses and two beautiful leaf images. This stamp set will be perfect for the Autumn season along with Thanksgiving and to create wonderful thank you cards.
Here is the card that I designed using the Stamp Simply Clear Stamps - SS-010 Harvest stamp set. I just love the images of the leaves. I have kind of a mini tutorial to share with you so you can see how the colorful background was done. At first glance you might think it's a watercolor background but it's not. It's actually very quick and easy to achieve this look with a few colors of Tim Holtz Distress Inks, This would be a great card to make multiples of.
I started with a piece of Ranger Watercolor Paper measuring 2-3/4 x 5-1/2 inches. Then I started adding the Distress Inks to the paper. I started with the lightest color and worked my way to the darkest. This is the color order I used--Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Fired Brick, Gathered Twigs. To apply the ink I used cotton balls. I inked up the cotton ball just like you would a sponge and then I worked in a circular motion starting off of the paper and working on to the paper adding color. I really like the soft and blended look from the cotton balls.
Here is a close up of the ink blending.
Next, I used clean water and a large paint brush to add the water droplets. The Distress Inks are made to react with the water.
I let the water sit on the paper for a few seconds and then I used a paper towel to blot the paper and pick up the water. Next, I used a heat tool to speed up the drying time. I repeated the water droplets a couple of times until I achieved the look I wanted and I used a heat tool to dry the paper each time. Doing the water droplets on the paper gives it the look of watercolor.
I used a heat tool to make sure the paper was completely dry before embossing. If you pour a little bit of embossing powder over your paper before stamping and it doesn't stick then you will know your paper is completely dry. I stamped the leaf images using VersaMark Ink. Then I added Ranger - Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder and used a heat tool to melt the powder to give it the beautiful embossed look.
Here is a close up of the sentiment in the bottom corner. I used Memento Tuxedo Black Ink to stamp the sentiment.
To finish the card I added the colored and embossed panel to the front of an A2 top folding landscape card. Then I added two thin strips of black cardstock to tie in the black ink from the sentiment. To add a little more sparkle I used Glossy Accents to add a few 5mm Gold Sequins.
I hope you enjoyed the little sneak peek along with the card and tutorial for today! Please be sure to visit The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store for all of your paper crafting needs and to see more inspiration from the design team you can visit the Stamp Simply Blog.
Don't forget to check the Stamp Simply Blog next week for the Stamp Simply Autumn Week featuring two of the NEW Stamp Simply Clear Stamp Sets. There will be lots of inspiration from the design team!
Thank you so much for stopping by today and
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Hugs & Smiles,
Stamps: Stamp Simply Clear Stamps - SS-010 Harvest
Paper: Ranger Watercolor Paper, Cardstock - Kraft, Black
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Fired Brick, Gathered Twigs, VersaMark Ink, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Accesories: Ranger - Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder, Glossy Accents, Darice - 5mm Gold Sequins, Scor-Tape, Paint Brush, Water, Heat Tool, Paper Towel