Hi crafters! Even though I do not have a video for you today (but lots of close-up photos!), I have a really fun card that I think you will enjoy as well. One of the stamp companies that I have been enjoying a lot recently is Stamping Bella. The images are just cute, funny, and a joy to color.
For today’s card, it combines a number of different techniques and materials. First of all, I was totally inspired by a recent video from Michelle Short where she showed how to create a smooshed watercolor background but still retain control over what you do. If you ever thought that ink smooshing didn’t give you enough control, I strongly encourage you to check out her video. I used the same technique for my background here. In addition, I used Jennifer McGuire’s trick of adding Perfect Pearls to the water in your spray bottle. Since I spritzed my distress ink with that water, my color now has a really nice shimmer to it.
The actual stamped image was colored with Distress Markers. I haven’t use those in quite some time and I thought it was about time they got a work out again. I struggled quite a bit on applying only a very light shading on the white lab coat with that light blue color. In the end, I used a paper cloth to dab away excess color so I would only have a very light wash left. And then I went a bit crazy (crazier than usual, that is) and fuzzy cut out the entire image. I would like to direct your attention to her pinky finger on the left (yes, I really did cut out all the details!).
I mounted the image on foam tape so it would have some distance to the very busy background. Then I glued some seed beads from Pretty Pink Posh down with Glossy Accents to give the illusion that the chemicals in the bottles actually spray and drip. I used beads from various mixes to achieve that effect.
The overall color scheme of the card was taken from the current challenge over at Stamping Bella. There is an inspiration photo and I actually managed to have all the colors in my card 🙂 For the card base, I used a light purple card stock that I stamped with a background stamp by Impression Obsession that gives the illusion of splatter.
I hope you like the card. Let me know if you also go overboard with fuzzy cutting or if you never do it at all! See you again soon!