Good evening! Jess here with a set of colorful encouragement cards! To start off, I have to apologize…generally I try not to use products that are discontinued or retired; however, I’ve been searching for this background stamp for almost a year and finally found it! I just couldn’t help myself, I had to use it! However, you could easily replicate this look with any of the fabulous background stamps that Hero Arts carries!
Since this is a very detailed stamp, I made sure to prep my watercolor paper with a powder tool first to help keep stray embossing powder from sticking everywhere. Then I stamped the background stamp with versamark and heat-embossed it with white embossing powder. Next it was painting time! I used distress ink in various combinations to watercolor my background! I smooshed the ink onto an acrylic block and then added a little water and used a size 12 paintbrush to add color to my watercolor paper. Here are the various distress ink combinations I used:
Picked Raspberry, Mermaid Lagoon, and Seedless Preserves
Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, Festive Berries
Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon, Seedless Preserves
Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, Chipped Sapphire
While those were drying I worked on the rest of the card. First I die-cut fishtail banners with grey cardstock. I like using grey cardstock instead of black for a softer look! Next I stamped the sentiment with versamark and heat-embossed it with white embossing powder. Once the watercolor panels were dry I trimmed them down to 4″ by 5.25″ and adhered them to a grey cardstock base. I used foam mounting tape to add the sentiment banners and finished the cards with sparkling clear or dark grey sequins!
I just loved using this background stamp and I am so happy that I finally found it…if I hadn’t run out of time I probably could have easily made 50 more! I hope you enjoyed my set of cards and I’d love to know if there’s a long-lost stamp on your wish list! 😉 Thanks so much for visiting!
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