Welcome to this month’s Fancy Friday Blog Hop! Our team is a group of stampers who love to make beautiful things. Sometimes they are clean, sometimes they are layered but the one thing I can say for sure is that our projects will be fancy! If you hopped over from the incredible Erica, welcome to the next stop. For September, our theme is Anything Holiday! If it is a holiday item from the main catalog or the Holiday catalog, we are celebrating it!
I decided to stick with a set that has actually been around for a while but should not be forgotten. The Wondrous Wreath stamp set is one I loved from the minute I saw it. I decided to show its versatility a bit and create a card with only the wreath and the sentiment from the set. I started with a product I just discovered but already love. They are Strathmore Watercolor Cards and they really are fabulous. Very much like the Stampin’ Up Note Cards except made with watercolor paper. Makes it easy to create a one layer watercolor card and conquer that hoarding tendency that tends to show up around watercolor paper (please tell me I’m not the only one). I stamped the wreath with Tim Holtz Distress ink in Twisted Citron and then colored in with my Aquapainter with some more Distress Ink in Mowed Lawn. Using the same inks, I connected the leaves with hand drawn stems which makes the wreath have a subtly different look. To keep with that watercolor feel, I did not stamp the berries from the set (but you totally could). Instead I hand drew them in with a Zig Clean Color Pen. Once I had this like I wanted all that was left was the sentiment. And then I had to take a deep breath because I didn’t want to mess it up. So out came my Misti!! I got the sentiment exactly where I wanted and stamped in Real Red ink. Because the watercolor paper is rough, I had to overstamp to get the sentiment fully inked. And yes….the Misti is a total life saver for that!!! It makes every photopolymer stamp easier to use!! While this takes a little longer that the average “simple one layer” card, I think the result is worth it.
I think you are going to enjoy all the holiday fun from the hop this week! This talented group never disappoints!! You are sure to be totally wow’d by Krista at your next stop. Have fun on the hop!
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