It’s “use-your-new-stash” Saturday! YAY! Last weekend, I pulled a few new goodies out of my mailbox and I don’t know about you, but I just like to stare at the pristine stamps and dies and inks for a bit. “Polymer induced stupor”. I think this should be a medical term.
For today’s card, I decided to play with the new and gorgeous Wplus9 “Botanical Bunch” set. At first, I wasn’t even sure I wanted this set, but after seeing a few samples across the net, it went on to my “must have” list. I’m using Prismacolor pencils to color the images using a technique I picked up from my crafty friend Sonja from The Art of Stamping.
I have a few tips and tricks for you, which not only apply to this stamp set but to crafting in general and maybe it will help you as well. First, stamping on colored card stock. In the video, I used white pigment ink as a base for my stamped image. In a test run, I had stamped the image in a brown Hero Arts dye ink. That looks fantastic as well, and gives you nice sharp contrast to the bright colors of the pens. But with the white pigment ink, the overall impression is just more “fresh” and “lively”. So, don’t hesitate to stamp out your image in a few different colors to see how the ink affects the overall impression.
Next, the pencils. I am lucky enough to have been able to afford a larger set – I think mine is about 30-something pencils (check the supply list below for links to the products I used). While preparing, I struggled to find the right color combinations that popped on the kraft card stock. Turns out, it certainly wasn’t for my lack of available colors. It was the organization system that sucked. I had been lazy when putting the pencils back the last time I colored and my pinks and greens were strewn across the three plastic holders. Lesson learned? When working with colors, organize your colors into a meaningful system, for example, all pinks together, all greens together, all blues together. It will make it so much easier to pick what you need when it counts the most.
Alright, enough with the sermons. If I may say so without sounding pretentious: I love how the coloring turned out. I never thought that I could use Prismacolor pencils without a blending solution. If you use a blending solution, all the stroke detail will go away – and that’s totally ok if you prefer that look, but it simply never occurred to me that the stroke detail could be used as an artistic element. So, happy to have learned that and eager to try it on other images.
I hope you enjoyed the card and you’ll give the stamp set another look. There are currently quite a few sets available over at the Make The Day Special Stamp Store and I know for a fact they all long for a loving and caring home 😉
I’m sending this card to the following challenges: Simon Says “Anything Goes” so I definitely qualify 🙂 ; Challenge Up Your Life asks for One Layer and while I have some teeny tiny embellishments, I’m entering anyways; Inkspirational which asks for “Sprinkle” and I feel that my home-made enamel dots and little gems are nicely sprinkled around the card 🙂
And to all my fellow Star Trek Fans – a warm hug and a Vulcan salut. You know why. LLAP.
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