Hi friends! Happy Thursday! Welcome to a brand new installment of Suzy Plantamura‘s “One Stamp, Five Ways” feature – where, this month, she got SO EXCITED- she ended up making a 6th card!! This sweet stamp set named Hello There is from our brand new Sending Sunshine collection! Read on to find out more information and enjoy.
Today I get to share another “one stamp, five ways” post with you using a stamp set from the brand new Sending Sunshine product release called Hello There. My two favorite type of stamps are flowers and animals, so this one definitely jumped out at me! There are four cute critters in it as well as accessories and four sentiment choices. I actually made six cards today using the stamp set, so I’ll be including a bonus one at the end!
For this card, I started with a cling stamp called Deco Diamonds from the new Sending Sunshine Release watercolored in reds, yellows, and browns. I thought it would make a good background for some of these critters I also used two other SSS dies including the Woodgrain Block Die and the Whoa! You’re Amazing Die.
Here are some tips I used when creating this card:
When watercoloring the background, use a fine tip paintbrush for some of the areas keeping the color inside the lines, but then use a larger paint brush for other areas with lots of water so the colors blend together and look messy
Color the letters inside of the “Whoa! You’re Amazing” Die with Copic Markers to match your card and then when attaching the die, use the colored letters inside it
After you watercolor, the Woodgrain border die, add some shading with Copic Markers to give it more of a wood look
Color the critters with Copic Markers and then add shading with colored pencils – mixing coloring mediums is my favorite way of coloring!
I created the background of this card using the Leafy Frames stencil from the new Sending Sunshine release and Distress Oxide Inks. I thought it made the perfect little jungle setting for the monkeys in the stamp set!
Here are some tips for this card:
Attach the stencil to the card front with removable tape so it doesn’t move around while you work with it; rub the inks over the stencil from the outside to the inside so the leaves stay put (you can see some spots where I rubbed ink under the leaves because it moved on me – oops)
When working with Distress Oxide inks, rub the darker color on first (I used Salty Ocean) to cover the entire area, then rub the lighter color (Cracked Pistachio) over it as it covers the layer underneath
Flick some water drops on the background and wipe them up for bleached areas in the background
Emboss some hearts in the center of your card to fill in that space and add some texture and “love”
Cut stamps apart when you stamp your sentiment so they fit into the space you have perfectly (is this terrible? I cut my stamps apart all the time!)
This new Leafy Circle Wafer die was perfect for a background for a koala bear! I rubbed ink on each of the leaves and replaced them into the wreath.
Here are some tips:
When rubbing ink over the leaves use a stipple brush for the darker color so they are speckled (I used Twisted Citron first and then Lucky Clover over it)
Apply adhesive to the entire card front so that when you are layering the leaves inside the wreath they will adhere without applying more adhesive!
Use a stitched rectangle for your sentiment (white on white) if you are trying to cover a mistake as I was (I got ink on my card front!)
I always make a shaker card when doing a “one stamp, five ways” post. The new Pool Party sequin mix from the new release was so pretty I used it as inspiration for my card colors. I painted a watercolor piece for inside the shaker with blues on the top and green on the bottom. I stamped pink hearts on the front of the card to match the pink sequins in the shaker window.
Here are some tips for this card:
I love watercolor for soft card backgrounds under shaker windows – they are soft and don’t look too busy with sequins on top of them
The SSS circle dies are perfect for shaker windows on cards! This one with the trees worked so well with the monkey arms!
Use two colors of embossing powder on your sentiment by pouring some on the top of the letters and then another color on the bottom of the letters
I left the background of the card white so the monkey would really pop and be the focal point of the card.
I used the New Beginnings tree stencil for the background of this card. Think of out of the box ways to use your stencils so you get more use out of them. I placed it on a card size piece of watercolor paper and traced inside all of the openings with a pencil. Then I outlined those lines with colored pencils in brown for the tree trunk and green for the leaves. I colored inside the lines with watercolor for the tree and colored pencils for the leaves to create my background.
Here are some tips:
When creating a background such as this tree one, outlining the areas of the stencil with colored markers or colored pencils instead of a black marker keeps it a bit more subtle so it doesn’t overwhelm the card (it is a background!)
Add shading to your watercolored tree trunk with colored pencils to make it look more realistic
Add watercolor (green) around the leaves with a wet on wet technique so it is very messy and looks like a group of leaves
Paint the background behind the tree blue white it is still wet so the colors run into each other and the ground green – I used LOTS of water on this
Stamp your critter with a natural colored ink that won’t show after you color it – I used MFT Natural Ink and colored him in with Copic Markers
Apply a marker (I used a Kaiser Kraft brown glitter pen) as shadows behind your embossed letters so they stand out more.
This is my bonus card today! I actually stamp and color all of my images for a “one stamp, five ways” post before I start making the cards. This means I usually have some extra images when I am done. This time I had quite a few extra and I didn’t want to throw them away, so I put a random stamped card together – which is just like last months so the tips may be the same!
Here are some tips for random stamping cards:
To create a background of critters like this, you don’t need to die-cut the images out first (or fussy cut them as I did) – just use a Misti to line them up like a puzzle and stamp several at one time
Let some of your critters overlap the edge so the entire card area is full
Add some of the embellishment stamps in between your main stamps to fill in areas – I could have used the heart or the marshmallows for this; if you don’t do that fill in the areas with sequins like I did
If your sentiment doesn’t fill all of the space on a banner like this one, fill in the extra space with another embellishment stamp or a sequin (I used both!)
Thank you so much for joining us on the SSS Blog today. I had such fun creating these cards and I hope they inspired you to create yourself. I always love to share ideas that will get others thinking of out of the box ways to use their supplies! Have a great week! Suzy
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