Happy Friday! I hope you've had a great week and you're planning some time to stamp something pretty this weekend!
This is my first project using the new Better With You stamp set. You'll find this set on page 169 of the 2018-19 Stampin' Up! catalog, available in either wood or clear mount. If you like to color with watercolor pencils, Stampin' Blends or watercoloring, this set is a great option. The bird image is especially adorable and the sentiments are perfect for a card to encourage a friend or let someone know you love them.
Throughout the catalog, you'll find some technique tips, including one on the page with this stamp set. It's a neat no-line watercolor look, so I thought I'd give it a go on this card. The directions were to stamp the image in Sahara Sand ink before watercoloring...the light ink washes out when water and colors are added...cool, right? Except I didn't read the part about stamping off onto scratch paper first. *rolls eyes at myself* Even though you can see the lines in the flowers, I still like the way this card turned out.
To start, I stamped the flower three times onto a piece of watercolor paper using Sahara Sand ink. I used an Aqua Painter and ink from the lids of Powder Pink, Blushing Bride and So Saffron stamp pads to watercolor each flower. I think for this project it was actually better to not stamp off the Sahara Sand....I think I would have lost too much definition in the flowers without the lines. But I do love the softer look when the image is stamped in the lighter color! When they were dry, I fussy cut them out with my Paper Snips.
I applied a very light wash of Mint Macaron ink to the background piece of watercolor paper and let that dry completely before adding the background image (I did stamp this off before stamping onto the paper so it was lighter). The sentiment is also stamped in Mint Macaron. The flowers are attached with mini glue dots.
To finish it, I wrapped some linen thread around it and secured a bow on the front, then layered it onto a Mint Macaron card base using Tear & Tape Adhesive.
Thank you for stopping by today! On Sunday, I'll be participating in the Scrapbook Sunday Blog Hop so be sure to check in and hop with us to see what creations will be shared from talented demonstrators from around the world!