Saturday, July 2, 2011

let your heart soar

Hello again.  This is my second post today.  My daughter urged me to stamp, so I decided to make a card for the inspiration challenge on SCS.  Rather than spend time searching through the chosen site, I just picked one of the samples that had been presented. 

I picked out some stamps to work with that were similar or at least representative of the sample.  For the bird (elements of style - SU), I stamped in tempting turquoise craft ink on watercolor paper and then embossed with clear EP.  The flower (fabulous florets - SU) was stamped in barely banana craft ink and then again in bravo burgundy craft ink and both embossed with clear EP. 

The next step was the most fun.  I used distress inks in spiced marmalade, fired brick, aged mahogany, and vintage photo and swiped them across the paper till I had some pretty good coverage.  Then I took a water brush and spread the ink across the paper, blending and softening the look.  Being a bit impatient, I dried it with my heat gun.  Then I moistened a paper towel and wiped the ink off the embossed images. 

I added a couple of flourishes (Inkadinkado) and the sentiment (Innovative Stamp Creations) with jet black archival ink. 

The black grosgrain ribbon is attached with some copper brads.  I also added some piercing before attaching the piece to a black card base.  I really love the way this turned out, but it was hard to photograph with the embossing.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Your comments are always welcome and appreciated. 


Terry said...

Oh this card is amazing! Love the birds and flower, but that background is awesome! Beautiful!

Starla said...

CLEVER using a water brush to even out, soften the background! I need to file that idea and give it a go sometime!!

Serena said...

Such a pretty card! I love the rich colors in the background!