Paper Hugs

Paper Hugs

Hello stampin', second week in a row...I'm on a roll!  Thanks for letting me know that last week's card inspired you...I hope you like this week's, too.  :)

I have to say that the one thing I've missed more than anything during this whole Covid-19 thing is hugs.  I've been feeling a little down the past few days but I went to my first workshop since this all started this week and my very favorite thing was getting a hug from my friend Patty.  She is an AWESOME hugger...her hug was just what I needed to brighten my day!  With things the way they are at this moment in time, the sentiment I used on this card--although it's not a physical hug--might be just what someone needs today!

I love texture on cards so the set I used today--Comfort & Hope--is right up my alley!  I received my first "official" new catalog order yesterday, so I had a chance to try out the new Water Painters on this card as well.  After a bit of a struggle getting them open to fill with water (my bad, I'm apparently not smarter than a pen), I will say that I LOVE the large flat brush tip!  This awesome tip makes a background watercolor wash so quick and easy!

To create this card, I started by embossing the circle image with Versamark ink and gold embossing powder onto a square of watercolor paper.  Next, I used the flat brush tip water painter with Seaside Spray ink to create the background wash.  Before the next step, you'll want to make sure that dry...either let it dry naturally, or, if you're impatient like me, just hit it with the heat gun until it's dry (just be careful not to overheat your embossed image).  Once it was dry, I stamped the texture a couple of times--I wanted it to be light, so each time I inked the image, I stamped off onto scratch paper before stamping it.

The sentiment was also embossed with Versamark ink and gold embossing powder onto a piece of Seaside Spray cardstock.  I used Versamark ink to stamp the texture.  In case you're new to stamping, I love the Versamark pad.  It's awesome for embossing because the ink is sticky and stays wet for awhile.  It's also great to create "watermark" images...this means you can stamp it on any color paper and the stamped image will show up a few shades darker on the paper.  It's the perfect ink for creating tone-on-tone, subtle backgrounds!  I layered the sentiment piece over the watercolor paper and clipped the ends to flag them.

I wanted to repeat the subtle background so I stamped the image randomly a few more times using the Versamark onto a piece of Seaside Spray cardstock.

I felt like this card needed a little more gold, so I looked through my dies and found this beauty in the Forever Flourishing die set and cut it out of gold foil.

To put it all together, I layered the background Seaside Spray onto a Whisper White thick cardstock card base.  The foil piece is attached with the fine-tip glue pen and the watercolor piece is attached with Stampin' dimensionals.  The gold sequins I used are from a retired sequin set but there are a couple of current options you could choose to accent your card with.  Finally, I spritzed some ink off my Seaside Spray marker.

 I used the following products on this project:


 Until next time...happy stampin' friends!


Comments (4)

Love seeing your crafty post again 🤗

Tanmy - Jun 11, 2020

Thanks for much, Tammy. <3

Dena Albee - Jun 11, 2020

Dena, I love what you did with the circular die cut. I knew I wanted it, I got it, and had no clue what to do with it! haha Sounds like me, huh? Love the gold you used. Very nice card. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Pat

pat smith - Jun 11, 2020

I’m glad I was able to inspire you Pat! :)

Dena Albee - Jun 11, 2020

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