I love nature and flowers in particular. If you flipped through this blog (there’s over 1,000 posts!) you’d find a large percentage of the entries were flowers of one kind or another.
Today’s post highlights my favorite stamping technique (masking) and what many readers call a “Billie Bow”…
A little water coloring (also a fav)…
a close up…
Oooo! that bow…(I’ll give you a video link in the directions)
There’s no sentiment yet as I felt this card would work for several occasions and I’d hold out on that part for now.
Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…
- Paper: Thick Whisper White, plus water color paper and Urban Underground Designer Series Paper
- Ink: Daffodil Delight and Soft Suede
- Stamps: You’ve Got This, By the Tide (retired) background script
- Tools ‘N Embellisments: Linen Thread, Aqua Painter, Sponges, Zig Clear Color Real Brush, MISTI and Low Tack Artist Tape
- The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
- The designer series paper layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
- The water color paper layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″. Using one color at a time I started with the stem/leaves with the lightest green in my set and stamped the outline. Leave this stamp positioned on the MISTI. Using my Aqua Painter with a small amount of water, brush over the lines of the leaves and stems to move the color inside the lines. You can leave some white highlights here and there if you like. Let dry. Ink the stamp with a darker green and repeat with Aqua Painter but do not completely cover the lighter green. Let dry. Stamp again with the darker green. Cut a mask for this set of leaves and stem from Post It note and apply while working on the second steam and leaves.
- The blue flower was stamped in a light lavender and treated like the stems. Then stamped again with the darker blue and pulled some of that color into the lavender leaving some highlights. Let dry then stamp again with the dark blue. Cut a mask for this flower from a post it note before stamping the second flower. The same procedure to color the second flower. I started with yellow and followed up with red. Remove mask…magic happened!
- Using Low Tack Artist Tape (I’ve tried them all and this works best for me) tape a background area leaving part of the flowers and stem outside the border. Sponge background areas with Daffodil Delight and edges with Soft Suede lightly. Add script with Soft Suede stamped off once. Splatter background with Soft Suede marker. Remove tape (this tape can be reused).
- The water color paper was trimmed maybe a 1/4″ on the right side to expose part of a petal. You don’t have to do this step, but I like it!
- The Linen Thread was crisscrossed and attach at back of water color paper with SNAIL. The bow was made and attached with glue dots. A video to make this bow can be seen here.
This card was so much fun to make…I enjoyed trying this technique.
Here’s your “B-ism” for today…
Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!