Hi friends! It's Sunday and that means time for a new challenge at The Paper Players! This week I have the pleasure and honor of being your hostess with a theme challenge: Leaves and Trees. Any kind of leaf or tree is welcome!
I wanted to create some autumnal leaves, and chose this Berry Kissed stamp from Penny Black. I bought a few of their "brushstroke" style stamps about a year ago, but this is the first time any of them is seeing ink. It was definitely a learning curve for me, and the first two tries wound up in the trash. The third time and a few Youtube videos later, I decided I needed to me more patient and not so eager to use the trash pail.
To create it, I put the stamp in my Misti and repeatedly inked the leaves with Memento markers. I did the berries first to be sure of their placement (my first mistake). A few times I spritzed the stamp with water, alowing the paper to dry between stampings. Sometimes I used a water brush directly on the paper, and other times I stamped dry. After I was satisfied with the colors, I stamped the last layer with Versamark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. This gave the leaves a nice shine, and allowed me to watercolor the background without the leaf image bleeding. So as you can see this all took some time, but I'm really happy with the end result.
I thought my card would also work well for the challenge at CAS Watercolor: Orange, Green and Brown. Though my process wasn't exactly simple, I think it's clean enough as it is a one layer card. At Uniko there is a lovely inspiration photo, with the optional twist of Thanks. This isn't a Uniko stamp, but maybe I'll win one!
Stamp Sets: Berry Kissed (Penny Black), Sheltering Tree (Stampin' Up)
Card Stock: Multi Media (Blick)
Ink Pads: Versamark, Tumbled Glass Distress Ink (Ranger), Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Tools: Misti, Heat Tool, Paintbrushes
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder (Simon Says Stamp)
The Paper Players Design Team
Inky hugs :)