Monday, May 3, 2021

Etched in Nature

 Hello my friends! I hope you are all doing well. I am feeling a little blue but I will tell you all about that another time. I am very thankful for a beautiful, sunny day on Sunday. I went for a walk with a great friend and we had a really good chat. So grateful for my incredible friends!!

Today's card was created for a virtual swap for Stampin' Up's On Tour that we had in April. Usually we get together in person and it is a huge celebration. Obviously we weren't able to meet in person again this year so they did a virtual celebration. It was really fun and there was a lot to learn. As part of our registration fee we received the Etched in Nature stamp set and we were strongly encouraged to use this set to do our swap card.

I started by making a watercolour background for my stamped image. I used a piece of Fluid 100 Watercolour paper. First, I used my water painter to moisten the entire surface of the watercolour paper. I added a couple of drops of ink refill to a clear acrylic block. I used one block for each colour of ink used. I picked up the ink and spread it across one third of the watercolour paper using my water painter. The colours I used are Soft Sea Foam, Granny Apple Green and Just Jade. I made an ombre like background with the three inks starting with the lightest colour at the top and working my way down to the darkest colour at the bottom. I had to let this dry for quite a while before stamping on it. I think I actually worked on something else and left it overnight to dry. You don't need to wait that long though.

Once my background was dry, I used Jet Black Staz On ink to stamp my image on top of it. I used my Stamparatus and stamped this image a few times. I matted this piece on top of a piece of Basic Black cardstock. The Stamparatus is a fabulous tool if you need to stamp an image repeatedly because your cardstock will be aligned perfectly so your stamp will line up exactly every time. It is also convenient if you are making multiples of the same card (like when my daughter and I were making her wedding invitations!).

I used a Basic Black card base to which I added a layer of Granny Apple Green cardstock. I added my stamped/watercolour piece on top of my card front using dimensionals. 

I stamped my sentiment using Jet Black Staz On ink on a piece of Basic White cardstock. I punched it out using the Double Oval punch. I cut the larger scallop oval out of a piece of Basic Black cardstock. I layered the ovals together and added them to the front of my card. I used a dimensional on the left half of the oval and some regular adhesive on the right side where it attached to the stamped piece.

I'm not sure if this stamp set is going to be orderable or not once the catalogue goes live on Tuesday. There was a production issue with some of the stamps so they might have pulled it from the availability list. If it is available to order, I would definitely recommend it, it is a beautiful set.

What I used for today's card:

Etched in Nature Stamp Set (Available May 4th)

Basic Black Cardstock

Granny Apple Green Cardstock

Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper

Basic White Cardstock

Double Oval Punch

Water Painters

Jet Black Staz On Ink Pad

Soft Sea Foam Classic Stampin' Ink Refill

Granny Apple Green Classic Stampin' Ink Refill

Just Jade Classic Stampin' Ink Refill


Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this card. I had a lot of fun creating it. I am missing doing different stamping techniques with my stamp group. Looking so forward to the time when we can get together in person again! Have you tried any new techniques lately? I would love it if you shared with me.

Stay well and keep creating!


1 comment:

  1. You did a great job blending the colors on the background!
    The twig makes a wonderful silhouette on top. Lovely color choices, too.