WATERFRONT

I will admit I was a bit nervous about starting this watercolor-inspired card.  The waterfront scene looks so pure and pristine and I wasn’t sure I could produce the same effect.  Once I started, I discovered that the stamping was quite easy and the finished card was quite beautiful.

WP_20180316_15_53_58_Pro 1Our waterfront scene pictures a sunny day, blue sky with birds,  mountains, a grassy field with trees, a lake and a sandy beach.  One or two little huts are perched in the foreground.  This sounds so peaceful.  However, I will admit my peaceful hands were pretty well inked-up by the time the stamping was finished.  Ten inks were used to complete this  scene – Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso and Tuxedo Black Memento.  The sky was lightly sponged with a sponge dauber in Pool Party. WP_20180316_15_50_13_Pro 1

Several of the Waterfront stamps are vague in shape and can be used for the water, grass, and sandy beach.  There is a mountain shape which was stamped once in Crumb Cake and again to the right in Soft Suede.  The Garden Green trees can be stamped multiple times to give a forest effect or just once to show 3 simple trees.  There is a stamp that gives a lake effect. The hut and sun are well defined shapes.   The birds come from the High Tide stamp set that we used in 2017. The art piece was framed in Early Espresso and layered onto Bermuda Bay embossed with the Seaside Textured Embossing Folder. The finished Pool Party card is quite striking.  No embellishments are needed.

So far we have seen 3 of our projects for April Stamp Camp – a charming flower cart, birds on a branch, and now a waterfront scene.  Stay tuned for our last card – one that was TOTALLY out of my comfort zone.

Don’t forget to let me know if you will be coming to Stamp Camp on April 5, 6, or 7.

Easter Blessings, Rosemary – (home)630/759-3089 – (cell)630/965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

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BIRD BANTER

WP_20180314_14_58_51_Pro 1‘YOU’RE THE KIND OF FRIEND I’D SHARE MY BRANCH WITH.”  How cute is this sentiment?  Two birds colored with Stampin’ Blends, perched on a branch having a conversation.  The background for the birds has a Mint Macaroon water-color wash.  I used  different washes on the sample cards as some might prefer more white.  The Petal Passion designer paper is black and white but it colors beautifully with the Stampin’ Blends.  The added flowers from the Bird Banter stamp set carry the colors through..

WP_20180314_15_00_14_Pro 1The second sample features the sentiment “A LITTLE BIRDIE TOLD ME IT WAS YOUR BIRTHDAY”.  A birthday hat and balloon help the parakeet celebrate.  And guess what – all the birds, branches, flowers, balloons and hats have been stamped and cut out for you on my Stamp ‘n Cut!  All you have to do is color and adhere!  Although you can’t tell from these images, Wink of Stella adds a lot of glimmer!  Bird Banter is found on page 42 of the Occasions Catalog that retires May 31st, 2018.  This is not one of the sets that is being carried over to the new 2018-2019 catalog.  So if this is a set you would like to add to your stampin’ library, now is a great time to order it.

Check back soon for the next blog post – Waterfront.  And remember – April Stamp Camp is on April 5, 6, and 7.  It is helpful if you would let me know which day you might be attending.

Easter Blessings, Rosemary – (home)630/759-3089 – (cell)630/965-1965 – paperrose01@aol.com