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Thursday, July 5, 2018

One Stamp, Two Ways with Scrap 'N Stamp Canada!

Hello and happy Thursday!! Welcome back to my little blog:).  Todays post features a beautiful stamp from Taylored Expressions called Mandala Background 2.  Mandala designs are very trendy right now. The designs are gorgeous and lend themselves well to many techniques or even colouring!

For both cards today, I did a watercolored emboss resist technique using two different mediums. Let's take a look, shall we?

For the first card, I used the textured side of a piece of watercolour paper. I used Versamark Ink and white embossing powder. By the way, this stamp fits perfectly in the Mini Misti!

I decided to use Ken Oliver Color Bursts in Caribbean Brights for this card.  I haven't used these awesome powders in a long time!  If you've never tried a watercolour in powder form, they're really fun!  However, if you like a more controlled look or don't like inky fingers, these may not be for you..they can be a bit messy.

I used three colours from the set:  Chartreuse, Fuchsia and and Turquoise. I sprinkled the powder on lightly except for that big blob at the top. The turquoise colour came out much easier than the others.

I sprayed it generously with water, sorry I didn't get a photo of that. But the paper was VERY wet.  After it was dry, and I did use my heat tool, I sprayed it again with a mixture of Perfect Pearls and water. This gave it a beautiful shimmer!

I fussy cut around the stamped image but made it easier on myself by not cutting around each scallop on the edge, I simply cut them off. Instead of using the image as a whole, I cut it in half so I would have a couple of options for layout.

I added some foam tape and adhered each piece to the front of an A2 side fold card base.  For the sentiment, I used the Choose Happy stamp set from Penny Black. I love this set! It's full of amazing, uplifting sentiments.

I embossed the sentiment with white onto a black strip of cardstock which happened to fit perfectly between the mandala image!

I decided to add a bit of white gel pen detail and a few clear sequins. Overall, I really like how this one turned out but if I were to do it again, I would have probably stamped on the smooth side of the paper.

Now onto the second card and my favourite! This time I stamped on the smooth side of the watercolour paper and used gold embossing powder.

And my watercolour medium of choice was Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Peacock Feathers and Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide Inks. 

I used the very fancy technique called Ink Smooshing.  Just press down your ink pads onto a slick surface, spray with water and smoosh down your paper.  With Oxide Inks, you get a much better result by drying in between layers, which I did here.

I LOVE the way this turned out!!  For the sentiment, I used the Just Because Sugar Script Die from Birch Press Designs. This die is such a great size and the font is awesome.  I cut it 4 times from white cardstock and adhered it onto the panel.

I thought it needed a little heart, too! That was cut using a very old die from an unknown company but any heart die would work!  I foam mounted the panel onto a white card base and that was it!  I tossed the idea around of adding sparkle to the sentiment but decided to leave it as is.

Like I said, this card is my favourite but I really like the first one, too!  Which one is your favourite? I'd love to know!!

Thanks for stopping by today!!  I hope you enjoyed the process and can try something like this soon!!

Until next time...stay crafty!!


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