I had lots of fun yesterday playing with one of the new stamp sets. I got Oh So Eclectic when I went to Virginia Beach for SU's On Stage. I wasn't too thrilled about it at first. But, oh how I have changed my mind! This stamp set creates a wonderful soft watercolor look with no effort on your part. It is a two-step stamp so you can use the images by themselves or layer them to get a different look. And the added bonus is the framelits that you can get if you purchase this set as a bundle. There are 13 dies in the set. These dies have a unique feature - the flower pieces nestle together to create the two layered look. So you can use just one flower image or use the two together!
Here's one of the cards I made yesterday using a technique that I will tell you about.
So what do you think? Love it like I do??? The background paper uses SU's new glossy paper. It's been so long since I played with glossy paper, I had to think back to some old techniques. Here's what I did. (note: you might want to wear gloves - see my fingers below!) Cut a piece of glossy paper in half (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") Spray one of the pieces of glossy paper with a spritzer filled with alcohol - get it pretty wet. Next pick two reinkers - I used Lemon Lime Twist and Bermuda Bay and drop several drops onto the glossy paper. Next I picked up the paper and let the ink run all over the paper. Then take the second piece of glossy paper and put it on top. You can give it a twist or just pull it straight up. Now you should have two background pieces of paper to use! 2 for 1 - I like that! Let it dry and then use it to make a beautiful card!
See my inkie fingers -
I also did a piece using Melon Mambo and Dapper Denim (I picked up the wrong ink refill - thought I was using Flirty Flamingo ink instead of Denim.) So I'm not so crazy about it. But wanted to show you this cool imprint on the paper. When I realized what I had done, I grabbed a paper towel and lay-ed it over the paper to blot up some of the ink - see the impression of the paper towel - it's texturized! The colors get muted as it dries.
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