We made it to Wednesday and I've been excited all week to share with you that Jessica Frost-Ballas from www.allthesparkle.com is guest blogging today! Her work is stunning and she is here today to share her take on the November release products. Seriously my stamping friends- WOW!
Good morning! Jess here from All the Sparkle and I’m thrilled to be guest-designing for The Stamp Market’s November release! I love the products Amy has released this month and I had a lot of fun making cards to share with you this month!
My first project uses the GORGEOUS Botanicals Stamp and Cut Bundle with a sentiment from the Double Take Stamp and Cut Bundle.
This floral card isn’t very seasonal but I think it just shows the versatility of this floral set! I started by stamping the flowers from Botanicals using distress inks. I inked the flowers with a lighter color and then inked the edges with a darker color. I spritzed the stamp with water and then stamped the flower onto watercolor paper. I wanted the image to hold its shape so I held the stamp in place for about 20 seconds to give it plenty of time to absorb into the watercolor paper. I repeated this process across the panel until I was happy with the layout. I also stamped one of the flowers on a scrap piece of watercolor paper to use later. Next I splattered seedless preserves and milled lavender distress ink over the panel. I also splattered a little bit of metallic gold paint on the panel. Then I let the panel dry completely while I die-cut the thanks sentiment from the Double Take set using a matte metallic gold cardstock.
After the background was totally dry I stamped the outline of the flowers with versamark and heat-embossed it with gold tinsel embossing powder. I offset the outline image slightly from the solid image to give it a more loosely watercolored feel but you can also line up the stamps for a crisper, cleaner look! I also stamped some of the pretty foliage outlines with versamark and heat-embossed them with the same gold tinsel embossing powder. On my scrap paper I also stamped the outline over my extra flower and stamped a few leaves as well which I die-cut with the coordinating dies. Finally I adhered the extra flower and leaves on the panel with foam mounting tape and adhered the sentiment to the bottom of the panel. I finished the card with a few metallic gold sequins! The end result is my favorite kind of card: sparkly and shimmery! ;)
My next project is a set of cards using the Perfectly Plaid Background Stamp and the Double Take Stamp and Cut Bundle!
The Perfectly Plaid Background stamp is perfect for mass-producing cards quickly! I decided to go for a tone on tone look and started by stamping the background stamp onto colored cardstock using a ink just a shade or two darker than the cardstock itself. I used my MISTI so that I could stamp repeatedly if necessary but honestly, I didn’t need to….this stamp stamps crisply and cleanly the first time! I LOVE that! ;)
Then I just mixed and matched different embossing powders for my sentiments. I used versafine and clear embossing powder on the red card, silver embossing powder on the blue card, and gold embossing powder on the teal card.
Next I die-cut the hi from the Double Take bundle and pressed a versamark pad over the die. I heat-embossed it with clear embossing powder and then repeated the process to get a nice smooth finish. I finished the cards by adhering the die-cut word over the embossed sentiment! I love the mix of embossing powders and dimension of the die-cut word! If I had more time I would have made a dozen more cards using the same layout! I really love how they turned out!
Anyway, I hope that gives you some inspiration for The Stamp Market’s November release! I look forward to sharing more cards with you throughout the month! Thanks so much to Amy for inviting me and thanks to you for stopping by. Have a fabulous day!