18 days. For goodness sake!!
Okay, I fancied a bit of stamping today. So, I found a scrap of watercolour card stock, this is the base
I wanted to create my own background, so decided to use some nice big stamps
Ink the stamp, but you are only touching part of the stamp to the card. You will have seen the lovely Julia Watts do this technique on TV I'm sure (check out her blog if you haven't already:http://inkyfingerzone.blogspot.co.uk)
Build up the background with different stamps, filling in the gaps. I used distress inks.
Now, it looks quite intense doesn't it.
So, spritz it with water. Now it just looks scary. Don't panic. It's a piece of card, there's always more card!
Cover the whole piece with a piece of kitchen paper to soak up the water and excess ink
This will result in a really pretty subtle background. See how the images now seem to blend together?
Next I stamped and embossed a stunning Stampendous flower. This is a massive stamp, so really makes a fantastic focal point.
I coloured the flower with the same distress inks used for the background. This will ensure your colour palette matches perfectly. I layered the colours, using 2 blue tones, and a red/pink
To create shadow, I worked round the flower image with a pencil. Choose a nice soft pencil which you will be able to blend. This really does give your image additional definition.
To create a few highlights, I added just a little white paint. The paint does soak up some of the ink, but it still looks good
Although there is a shine with the distress ink, I wanted to add another sheen. I took a little Pebeo gilding wax and literally swept it across my card. I didn't put pressure on, as I only wanted it to touch the top fibres of the card. You can just see the shine of gold in the light. Very subtle
As you can see, I stamped my sentiment under the flower
I matted the piece onto black and white card. Complete.