Sunday, July 21, 2013

Masculine Birthday Wishes

These two challenges came together like peanut butter and jelly.  Color Throwdown #251 and Papertrey Ink’s Make it Monday Challenge (the challenge is to stamp in watercolor, then brush ink along the sides of the same stamp for a really cool effect).  Actually my first time in playing in a PTI challenge!

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Here’s my take:

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So if you hadn’t read the top part of what the challenge was, you might be thinking, ho hum, she stuck a banner on top of some patterned paper.  No no, my friends.  That is a hand stamped background!  I figured many who entered this challenge would use a floral stamp like the inspiration card, but out of my two floral PTI sets, neither had enough solid image space to make this technique work.  So I turned to my trusty Irresistible Ikat set, which in my opinion, could not loan itself better to this new-to-me technique!!

I inked in SU Kiwi Kiss, Distress Ink Salty Ocean, Gathered Twigs, a mix of Broken China and Peacock Feathers, and the sentiment is SU Bermuda Bay – all as close as I could get to the inspo colors.

What would I have done differently?  Nothing, except take pictures along the way!  I wish I would have a before pic, of when I just did the watercolor stamping.  Then side by side to this one, it is a world of difference my friends!  I hope you will try for yourself, you won’t be disappointed.  Labor intensive, sure, but totally worth it!

To see some other cards of mine that use the Irresistibly Ikat set, go here.

Okay that’s it from me – til next time!