Friday, September 16, 2016

This Stamp Simply Ribbon Store - Stamp Simply Clear Stamps - Give Thanks Card with a Tutorial

Hello blogging friends!  Today, I have a card to share with you using two of the NEW Autumn Stamp Simply Clear Stamps.  I also have a tutorial to show you how I created the background using Tim Holtz Distress Inks.


Here is a look at the card I designed.  I have created several cards that have watercolor background and also faux watercolor backgrounds.  For all of those other cards I have always used a watercolor or mixed media paper and I thought why not put a different spin on it and use kraft paper.  


I think kraft paper works great for a faux watercolor look because it uses very little water but you probably wouldn't want to use it for regular watercolor because the paper would pill up.  I stamped the leaf and acorn images from both the Stamp Simply Clear Stamps - SS-009 Give Thanks and SS-010 Harvest stamp sets on to kraft paper.  I used Delicata Celestial Copper ink and then added Ranger - Super Fine Detail Copper Embossing Powder to all of the images.  I used my heat tool to melt and heat set the embossing powders.  I think the copper embossing looks so pretty on kraft paper.  Next I started applying color to the images using Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  All of the inks are listed below in the supplies.  Whenever I do ink blending I just use cotton balls.  I pinch the cotton ball and rub in on the ink pad and then I rub some of the ink off on to a piece of scratch paper.  To do the ink blending I start off of the paper going in a circular motion.  Doing this will give you a very soft ink blending.


Here is a look at the paper after all of the ink blending is done.


Next I took a paint brush with clean water and added water droplets.  Distress Inks will react with water and adding the water droplets is a fun way to give your paper more interest, texture and depth.


Let the water droplet sit on the paper for a few seconds and then blot with a paper towel.  Use a heat tool to speed up the drying time for the paper.  You can repeat the water droplets as many times as you would like until you achieve the desired look.  Just make sure to dry the paper each time after adding water.  You will also see as the paper drys the areas where the water was start to pop a little more.


Next I added some water to the DecoArt - Metallic Lustre Copper Kettle.  I wanted to use this to add little copper paint splatters on to the background paper.


Here is a look at the paper with the copper splatters.  Now, I will admit this didn't turn out like I thought it would.  I have used other colors of the DecoArt Metallic Lustre and it adds a pretty metallic accent.  The copper looks more like a burnt red or orange red and doesn't have as much of a shimmer when it's the little splatters.  However if you brush or rub it on to something then it has a beautiful copper shimmer.  So after the splatters were dry then I took the paper towel I had used to wipe everything up and I rubbed it on the background to get a pretty shimmer.


Here is a close up where you can see the copper shimmer.  In this picture the paint splatters have a little more metallic shimmer to them but they have to hit the light just right.


I used one of the sentiments from the  Stamp Simply Clear Stamps - SS-009 Give Thanks stamp set.  I stamped the sentiment on to a piece of brown cardstock with Delicata Celestial Copper ink and then embossed it with Ranger - Super Fine Detail Copper Embossing Powder.  Then I die cut the paper using one of the dies from Spellbinders - Labels Twenty-Five die set.  I added Therm-O-Web Foam Squares to the back of the label and the background piece.  Then I added some metallic copper ribbon and assembled the card.  To finish off the card I used some of the brown and green sequins from the Prima Say It In Crystals Combo Pack - A Victorian Christmas.

I hope you enjoyed today's card and tutorial. Please be sure to check out The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store for all your paper crafting needs and visit the Stamp Simply Blog for more inspiration from the design team.  Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs & Smiles,
Heidi


Stamps:  Stamp Simply Clear Stamps - SS-009 Give Thanks, SS-010 Harvest
Paper:  Luxury Pearlescent Metallic 80# Text - Copper, Cardstock - Kraft, Brown
Ink:  Delicata Celestial Copper, Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Cracked Pistachio, Peeled Paint, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs
Dies:  Spellbinders - Labels Twenty-Five
Ribbon: Copper
Accessories: Prima Say It In Crystals Combo Pack - A Victorian Christmas (sequins), Ranger - Super Fine Detail Copper Embossing Powder, Ranger - Glossy Accents, DecoArt - Metallic Lustre Copper Kettle, Therm-O-Web Foam Squares, Scor-Tape, Paint Brush, Water, Heat Tool

Friday, September 9, 2016

The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store - Altenew Coffee Love and Coffee Talk - You Mocha Me Happy Card

Hello everyone!  Are you a coffee lover?  Well, if you are you are going to love some of the new coffee themed stamp sets from Altenew.  For my card today I did a masking technique and used two of the coffee themed stamp sets.  If you are new to stamping or if you have never done the masking technique I will share with you how easy it is to take a few stamps and layer them with the masking technique to create a larger image that looks like it was all from one large stamp.


Here is a look at the card I designed.  I used six different stamps with the masking technique to create the look of one larger stamped image.  When I am doing the masking technique I like to use Post-It Notes.  I stamp the image on to Post-It Note paper towards the top because there is a little bit of the low tack adhesive on the paper and that helps to hold it in place.  If you don't happen to have Post-It Notes you can also stamp on printer paper and use a two-way glue pen to add a little bit of adhesive.  Once you have all the images stamped on to the Post-It Notes then fussy cut the images.


Here you can see the fussy cut stamped images.  If I am going to be doing a lot of masking I like to lay out the paper pieces on my card so I can get an idea of how I want the finished stamped piece to look.  Once all of the images are laid out the I will look to see which image is in the front.  For this card the image is the small coffee cup.  So that is the image I will stamp first.  When you're doing masking you will work from the front to the back with stamping the images.  Once an image is stamped then it will be covered up with the mask.  Doing the masking technique allows you to stamp several image and not have the lines of the images overlap each other.


Here is another picture where all of the stamping is done and I still have a couple of masks over the images.  So I stamped the small coffee cup first and then the coffee mug.  Next I stamped the coffee pot on the right and the one in the center.  Then I stamped the stack of plates and coffee cup and finished with the coffee pot on the left.  Basically every time you stamp a new image you will place a mask over it to cover it up and protect it from having the lines of the other images.


Now for the fun part--this is what the paper looks like once all of the masks are removed.  It creates the illusion that it is all one image.  I usually save my masks because they can be used several times.


Here is a close up of all of the coffee pots and cups once all the coloring was done.  I used Copic markers to color the images and all of the colors are listed below in the supplies.  Also all of the images I used are from the Coffee Love Clear Stamp Set and the sentiment is from the Coffee Talk Clear Stamp Set.  For the sentiment I wanted to heat emboss it but I didn't have any brown pigment ink that matched the card and I also didn't have any brown embossing powder.  So here is a little tip that works great with clear stamps.  First I stamped the sentiment using Altenew - Four Scoops Ink (Dark Chocolate) ink which is a dye ink and then I stamped over top of it with VersaMark Ink.  Once I had the VersaMark Ink on then I was able to add Ranger - Super Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder and use my heat tool to heat set and melt the powders for a perfect embossed sentiment.


For the bottom piece of the card I used brown cardstock and stamped the coffee beans several times with VersaMark Ink and then I added Ranger - Super Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder to emboss the images.  I also used Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Vintage Photo to ink around the edges of all the paper.


To assemble the card I place the piece of cardstock with the coffee beans at the bottom of the panel with the coffee pots and cups.  I added a very thin strip of black cardstock and added the card front to a black A2 card base and that finished off the card.

The masking technique is a well loved technique that has been around for several years but if you haven't done it in awhile or if you are new to stamping and haven't tried it I encourage you to pull out some stamps and give it a try.

Thanks so much for joining me today!  Please be sure to check out The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store for all of your paper crafting needs and also visit the Stamp Simply Blog for more inspiration from the design team.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs & Smiles,
Heidi


Supplies
Stamps:  Altenew - Coffee Love Clear Stamp Set, Coffee Talk Clear Stamp Set
Paper:  Cardstock - White, Brown, Black, Post-It Notes
Ink/Markers:  Altenew - Four Scoops Ink (Dark Chocolate), VersaMark Ink, Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Vintage Photo, Copic Markers - C0, C1, N4, N5, T5, W1, W2, W3, R46, R89, E23, E25, E27, E29, E31, E37, E57
Accessories:  Ranger - Super Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder, Scor-Tape, Heat Tool

Friday, September 2, 2016

The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store - Altenew Floral Shadows Smile Card with the Rock-N-Roll and Faux Watercolor Techniques

Hello everyone!  This week on the Stamp Simply Blog all of the design team members have been sharing projects to feature some of the NEW Altenew products that have recently been added to The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.  For my card I used two of the new stamp sets, inks, and one of the dies from Altenew.  I also did a couple of fun and easy techniques on the card.  I don't have a tutorial this week but I will explain the whole process and how you can achieve the same look for your cards.


Here is a look at the card I designed.  I started out with a piece of Ranger - Watercolor Paper and I stamped the floral and leaf images from the Altenew - Floral Shadows Clear Stamp set.  For the flowers I used Red Cosmos - Cool Berry and Ruby Red.  If you look at the stamp set there is a smaller flower with a little stem and that is the image I used for the center of the flower.  I just made sure to only ink up the flower and not the stem and it made a perfect flower center.  I randomly stamped the images to fill in most of the space on the watercolor paper.  Then I used a heat to to dry the inks on the paper because I wanted to do a little bit of embossing.


Here is a close up so you can see some of the embossing.  For the embossing I did the Rock-N-Roll technique with the stamps and ink.


If you are new to stamping or if you have never done the Rock-N-Roll technique it is very easy to do and here is a picture so you can see what the stamp would look like with the ink on it.  Basically to do the technique you will hold the ink pad at an angle and you will Rock-N-Roll the ink pad around the outer edges of the stamp.  So as you can see in the picture the stamp will just have a little bit of ink applied to the edges.  You can also do this with two colors of ink like a light and darker color.  With two inks you would apply the lightest color fist and then Rock-N-Rock the darker ink around the edges and then stamp.


Here is another close up.  I used the Delicata - Golden Glitz Pigment Ink for the Rock-N-Roll technique of the stamps.  Since the stamps are clear you can line them up pretty easily but if the images are offset a little that is ok too--it will still look good--I promise!  I chose to used the Delicata - Golden Glitz Pigment Ink because even though it is a pigment ink it's not as opaque as some other pigment inks.  I knew it would have a pretty gold shimmer and then by adding  Ranger - Super Fine Embossing Powder - Clear on top of the images and heat setting the embossing powder will seal in the ink colors under the embossing.  So I stamped the flowers and leaves with the Altenew dye inks and then I stamped the images a second time with the Delicata - Golden Glitz Pigment Ink and heat embossed them.  For the leaves I used Green Fields - Frayed Leaf ink. I also stamped one of the small leaf clusters using just the Delicata - Golden Glitz Pigment Ink and heat embossed with Ranger - Super Fine Embossing Powder - Clear.  Once all of the stamping and embossing was done then I used a spray bottle with water to wet the paper.  Since the colored inks are dye based they will react with the water and the colors will start to move and blend around.  I just let the colors and water blend for maybe about 30 seconds or so and then I used a heat tool to dry the paper.  Once the paper was dry then I added paint splatters using the Ruby Red ink and a paint brush with some water and then set the paper aside to dry.  By adding the water and the paint splatters it gives the paper the look of a watercolor piece but its easy peasy to achieve. :)


Next I stamped the smile sentiment from the Halftone Smile Clear Stamp Set.  I used the Red Cosmos - Cool Berry and Ruby Red inks and stamped on to a piece of white cardstock.  Then I used the Altenew - Halftone Smile Die to die cut the word.  I stamped the other part of the sentiment on to black cardstock using VersaMark Ink and embossing with Stampendous Super Fine Embossing Powder - Detail White.


To assemble the card I added some May Arts Rose 1/4'' Silk Ribbon with a bow around the faux watercolor panel.  I added the black embossed part of the sentiment and then added some Therm-O-Web Foam Squares to the smile die cut to add a little dimension to the card.  To finish off the card I added a Petaloo Botanica Collection Pistachio Minis Flower to the center of the bow and I also added a few 5mm Black Sequins.  I added more foam squares to the back of the card front panel and then added that to an A2 top folding black card base.  I hope my instructions were clean enough but if you have any questions please feel free to leave them in the comment section or you can always email me too.  floralfantasy@charter(dot)net

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Please be sure to check out the Stamp Simply Blog so you can see what all of the design team members have been busy creating with all of the Altenew products.  You can also visit The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store for all of your paper crafting needs.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs & Smiles,
Heidi 


Supplies
Stamps:  Altenew - Floral Shadows Clear Stamps, Halftone Smile Clear Stamp Set
Paper:  Ranger - Watercolor Paper, Cardstock - Black, White
Inks:  Altenew - Red Cosmos (Cool Berry, Ruby Red), Green Fields (Frayed Leaf), Delicata - Golden Glitz Pigment Ink, VersaMark Ink
Dies:  Altenew - Halftone Smile Die
Ribbon:  May Arts Rose 1/4'' Silk Ribbon
Accessories: Ranger - Super Fine Embossing Powder - Clear, Stampendous Super Fine Embossing Powder - Detail White5mm Black Sequins, Petaloo Botanica Collection Pistachio Minis Flowers, Ranger - Glossy Accents, Therm-O-Web Foam Squares, Scor-Tape, Paint Brush, Water Bottle, Heat Tool

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store - Autumn Release Stamp Simply Clear Stamps - Give Thanks Card

Hello blogging friends!  Last week I shared a card and sneak peek with you for one of the New Stamp Simply Clear Stamps and today I will be sharing another card using both of the two new stamp set for the Autumn Release.  This past week the design team has been sharing so many beautiful Fall/Autumn cards and projects so please be sure to check out the Stamp Simply Blog.  Sharon is having a giveaway over on the blog and you can click HERE to find out all of the details and how you could have a chance to win! 


Here is the card I designed using the Stamp Simply Clear Stamps - SS-009 Give Thanks and SS-010 Harvest.  I love all of the beautiful verses and sentiments on both of the stamp set.  Both sets also have some wonderful images of leaves to stamp and color.


To start I stamped one of the smaller leaf images from the SS-010 Harvest stamp set on to Luxury Pearlescent Metallic 105# Cardstock - Quartz White paper with Delicata - Celestial Copper ink.  The Delicata inks are a pigment ink but you can do some really fun and shimmery techniques with them.  Usually you would add embossing powder to a pigment ink and use a heat tool to melt the powders and heat emboss.  But on the pearlescent papers you can use a cotton ball or a sponge to rub and blend the ink into the paper for a very soft and faint image of the stamp.


Here is a look at the paper after the ink is blended in.  The images are still there but they are very soft and faint looking.  I love the results!  After the ink has been blended into the paper you will need to use your heat tool to make sure the paper/ink is dry.


After the paper is dry then I take an anti-static powder bag and rub over the area that will be embossed.  Before stamping the larger leaf pour a little of the embossing powder over the paper and tap it off.  If all of the embossing powder comes off then your paper is dry.  If the embossing powder sticks to your paper then you can brush it off and dry the paper a little more with the heat tool.  I stamped the larger leaf image from the SS-009 Give Thanks stamp set towards the upper part of the card in the center.  I used the Delicata - Celestial Copper ink and  Ranger - Super Fine Detail Copper Embossing Powder to heat emboss the image.  Then I added some color to the leaf image using Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  I used a cotton ball to apply the inks.  These are the colors of ink I used on the leaf and acorns--Vintage PhotoBrushed Corduroy, Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade, and Fired Brick.  Next I added a little bit of sparkle to the image using a Zig Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen.  When I used the glitter pen I just kind of pounced it on to the paper.  You don't want to use regular pen strokes to apply the glitter pen because if you do it will lift the distress inks right off of the paper.  I waited for the glitter and ink to dry and then I added some Glossy Accents to seal in the shimmer from the glitter.  Oh and one other tip just let the wink of stella dry on its own.  I tried to speed up the drying time and used a heat tool but when I did that it took away all of the shimmer so I had to apply it again.  I'm not sure why that happened but I thought I would share it with you and save you the trouble of having to reapply the wink of stella.


Once the glossy accents was dry then I started to assemble my card.  I added a layer of Luxury Pearlescent Metallic 80# Text - Copper paper behind the stamped images.  The text paper is lighter weight and great for layering.  Then I added a piece of  May Arts Metallic String Copper around the middle of the card and just tied it in a simple knot.  I added the card front panel to a black A2 top folding card base.


I used the same ink and embossing powder to stamp and heat emboss the sentiment on to a piece of black cardstock.  The sentiment is from the SS-009 Give Thanks stamp set.  I cut the black paper down to size and I fussy cut the one end to look like a banner.  I added Therm-O-Web Foam Squares to the back of the sentiment to pop it up a little and add some dimension to the card.


To finish off the card I added a few Black 5mm Sequins.  I hope you enjoyed today's card and I hope you will give the background technique a try.  It's really easy to do and it is so pretty, soft, and shimmery.  :)

Please be sure to check out The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store for all of your paper crafting needs.  And while you are there check out the new Autumn Release, metallic ribbons,  Delicata inks and pearlescent papers.  Don't forget to check out the Stamp Simply Blog for beautiful inspiration from the design team and a chance to win the giveaway! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs & Smiles,
Heidi


Supplies
Stamps:  Stamp Simply Clear Stamps - SS-009 Give Thanks, SS-010 Harvest
Paper:  Luxury Pearlescent Metallic 80# Text - Copper, Luxury Pearlescent Metallic 105# Cardstock - Quartz White, Cardstock - Black
Ink:  Delicata - Celestial Copper, Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Vintage Photo, Brushed Corduroy, Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick
Ribbon: May Arts Metallic String Copper
Accessories:  Ranger - Super Fine Detail Copper Embossing Powder, Glossy Accents, Black 5mm Sequins, Zig Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen, Therm-O-Web Foam Squares, Scor-Tape, Cotton Balls, Heat Tools

Thursday, August 25, 2016

U Rock Card -Tonic Studios Dies and ARC Crafts Wood Sheets -Tutorial

Hello blogging friends!  Today, I have a fun masculine card to share with you.  The card is filled with techniques and I also have a picture tutorial to share with you.
 

 Here is the card I designed using some of the Tonic Studios die templates and Birch BARC Wood Sheets with Adhesive Backing from ARC Crafts.  The wood sheets are so fun to work with and they die cut beautifully.


   To start I used some of the Birch BARC Wood Sheets with Adhesive Backing from ARC Crafts and I die cut the guitar shape using the 1175E Rococo Electric Guitar Die.  Next I removed all of the little bits and pieces from the die cut guitar.  One of the techniques I used for the guitar is inlaid die cutting so be sure to save all of the little bits and pieces.  I used all three of the markers in the Creative Pen Collection - 317N Natural Browns to color the guitar.  I started with the lightest color being 461 and then added the medium color 463.  I added some of the darkest brown color 465 along the edges and then I went back with the medium and lightest markers to blend the colors.  I love how the Creative Penlook on the Birch BARC Wood Sheets.  The colors of the markers really make the wood grain pop. 


  Next, I cut a  few small pieces of black cardstock and removed the protective backing on the guitar die cut so the adhesive would be exposed and then I added the black cardstock to the backside of the guitar.  Then I peeled the backing off of all the little tiny bits and pieces and placed them back into the die cut.  Doing this is called inlaid die cutting.  It takes a little time to do but I think the results are worth the extra time.  I used a VersaMark Watermark Pen to go over all the inlaid pieces and then I added Embossing Powder 598N Glitter Embossing Powder - Noir and used a heat tool to melt the powders. 



 Here is a close up of the finished guitar.


  One more close up.  Here you can really see the wood grain.  I just love how the guitar turned out!


   Be sure to save your left over pieces of the Birch BARC Wood Sheets and then you can use them to test out colors of markers or different products you might want to add. 


  I used the 608E Duo Cap Initials Pretoria A-N Die Set and 609E Duo Cap Initials O-Z Die Set to die cut the letters from the Birch BARC Wood Sheets.  The Initial dies are great becasue you get a two for one with the dies.  The letter is one piece and then there is the decorative outline.  You can use the die cuts together or seperate.  Gotta love dies that give you more bang for the buck!  I used the Creative Pen Collection - 317N Natural Browns 461, 463, 465, 312N Sunshine Yellows 405, 311N Fragrant Oranges 391, 393,  310N Rich Reds 379, 381 and 313N Woodland Greens 417 to color the letters.  I used the markers as shown in the picture going from lightest to darkest.  You might notice the 417 marker from the 313N Woodland Greens collection.  Green is a complimentary color to red so it works for the shading and blending at the bottom of each letter.
  

  Here is the close up of the letters.  You can also see the wood grain on the letters. 


  I wanted to add some shine to the letters but I didn't want them to be dimensional so I used a brush to apply the Crystal Drops - 677N US-Morning Dew.  Then after the first coat was dry I added a little more just on the very bottom edge of each letter and then I applied Pure Sheen Glitter -706N Charcoal .  In the picture you can see the letters with a little bit of Sheen Glitter on the bottom edge.


  Here is a close up of the letters on the card.  I added some 650N Gloss-Ebony Black Crystal Drops to finish off the card.

  
  To create the background for the card I die cut some silver shimmer paper using the largest die in the 480E Square Layering Die Set.  Then I used three of the dies from the 525E Pinhole Square Layering Die Set to create the pinhole design on the paper.  I love the cool background design created from the pinhole pattern!  Next I added some Embellishment Mousse 811N Black Ash to the paper.  I just used my finger to apply the mousse and then I used a baby wipe to wipe off some of the excess.  Then I used a paint brush and applied the Crystal Drops - 677N US-Morning Dew along the edges and then added Pure Sheen Glitter 709N Charcoal to give the background piece some interest and added texture. 



  To assemble the card I added the background piece to a black  5.5 x 5.5 top folding card base.  Then I used Craft Tacky Glue to adhere the sentiment.  I added some foam squares to the back of the guitar for some added dimension to the card.  I also wanted to mention for all of my paper cutting and die cutting I used both the Tim Holtz Paper Trimmer and Tangerine Die Cutting System

 I hope you enjoyed today's card and the tutorial!  Thanks so much for stopping by today! Please be sure to check out the ARC Crafts blog to see what they have created with the Tonic Studios products.  Below there is also a list of ways you can get connected with ARC Crafts and follow them on social media—they have some fantastic products! Don't forget to check out the Tonic Blog too for more inspiration from the Design Team.



Twitter: @arccrafts
Instagram: arccrafts
Supplies
Tonic Studios 
Dies:  1175E Rococo Electric Guitar Die, 480E Square Layering Die Set, 525E Pinhole Square Layering Die Set, 608E Duo Cap Initials Pretoria A-N Die Set, 609E Duo Cap Initials O-Z Die Set NUVO:  Creative Pen Collection - 317N Natural Browns 461, 463, 465, 312N Sunshine Yellows 405, 311N Fragrant Oranges 391, 393, 310N Rich Reds 379, 381, 313N Woodland Greens 417,  Embossing Powder 598N Glitter Embossing Powder - Noir, Crystal Drops - 677N US-Morning Dew (dries clear), 650N Gloss-Ebony Black, Pure Sheen Glitter 709N Charcoal, Embellishment Mousse 811N Black Ash 
Tools/Adhesive:  Tim Holtz Paper Trimmer,  Tangerine Die Cutting System, Craft Tacky Glue 
 Other Supplies Used:  ARC CraftsBirch BARC Wood Sheets with Adhesive Backing, VersaMark Watermark Pen, Foam Squares, Cardstock - Black, Silver Shimmer, Paint Brush, Heat Tool  

Friday, August 19, 2016

The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store - Give Thanks Sneak Peek and Tutorial

Hello everyone!  If you are a regular follower of my blog you know that today is my day to post for The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.  Next week all of the designers are going be participating in a week long event to showcase two of the new Autumn stamp sets from the Stamp Simply Clear Stamps Collection.  But I am so excited to share a sneak peek with you today of the new Harvest stamp set!  The Harvest stamp set is a wonderful set that includes six sentiments/verses and two beautiful leaf images.  This stamp set will be perfect for the Autumn season along with Thanksgiving and to create wonderful thank you cards.


Here is the card that I designed using the Stamp Simply Clear Stamps - SS-010 Harvest stamp set.  I just love the images of the leaves.  I have kind of a mini tutorial to share with you so you can see how the colorful background was done.  At first glance you might think it's a watercolor background but it's not.  It's actually very quick and easy to achieve this look with a few colors of  Tim Holtz Distress Inks,  This would be a great card to make multiples of.


I started with a piece of Ranger Watercolor Paper measuring 2-3/4 x 5-1/2 inches.  Then I started adding the Distress Inks to the paper.  I started with the lightest color and worked my way to the darkest.  This is the color order I used--Twisted CitronPeeled PaintSpiced MarmaladeRipe PersimmonFired BrickGathered Twigs.  To apply the ink I used cotton balls.  I inked up the cotton ball just like you would a sponge and then I worked in a circular motion starting off of the paper and working on to the paper adding color.  I really like the soft and blended look from the cotton balls.


Here is a close up of the ink blending.


Next, I used clean water and a large paint brush to add the water droplets.  The Distress Inks are made to react with the water.


I let the water sit on the paper for a few seconds and then I used a paper towel to blot the paper and pick up the water.  Next, I used a heat tool to speed up the drying time.  I repeated the water droplets a couple of times until I achieved the look I wanted and I used a heat tool to dry the paper each time.  Doing the water droplets on the paper gives it the look of watercolor.


I used a heat tool to make sure the paper was completely dry before embossing.  If you pour a little bit of embossing powder over your paper before stamping and it doesn't stick then you will know your paper is completely dry.  I stamped the leaf images using VersaMark Ink.  Then I added Ranger - Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder and used a heat tool to melt the powder to give it the beautiful embossed look.

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Here is a close up of the sentiment in the bottom corner.  I used Memento Tuxedo Black Ink to stamp the sentiment.


To finish the card I added the colored and embossed panel to the front of an A2 top folding landscape card.  Then I added two thin strips of black cardstock to tie in the black ink from the sentiment.  To add a little more sparkle I used Glossy Accents to add a few 5mm Gold Sequins.

I hope you enjoyed the little sneak peek along with the card and tutorial for today!  Please be sure to visit The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store for all of your paper crafting needs and to see more inspiration from the design team you can visit the Stamp Simply Blog.

Don't forget to check the Stamp Simply Blog next week for the Stamp Simply Autumn Week featuring two of the NEW Stamp Simply Clear Stamp Sets.  There will be lots of inspiration from the design team!

Thank you so much for stopping by today and 
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs & Smiles,
Heidi


Supplies
Stamps:  Stamp Simply Clear Stamps - SS-010 Harvest
Paper:  Ranger Watercolor Paper, Cardstock - Kraft, Black
Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Fired Brick, Gathered Twigs, VersaMark Ink, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Accesories:  Ranger - Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder, Glossy Accents, Darice - 5mm Gold Sequins, Scor-Tape, Paint Brush, Water, Heat Tool, Paper Towel

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