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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

{Spotlight Project} Maria Stretches Her Border Stamps


Did you see my card for this month's CASEplorations? I created a fun frame by stamping a border stamp multiple times. Let's see how I did that.

Here's my card for today's tutorial.


STEP 1
Gathered my supplies - white cardstock, watercolors, circle dies and a paintbrush. Also had Artsy Border Maker and Born to Roam  ready to go.



STEP 2
Picking a circle I thought would fit my card front well, I die cut it from scrap paper.



STEP 3
Then I curved my border stamp, following the curve of the circle. Made pencil marks to see if I could make the complete frame with three stampings. Yep.



 STEP 4
 So I traced the circle onto my cardfront.



STEP 5
Then I stamped my sentiment and the suitcases with black Versafine and heat embossed them with clear powder.


STEP 6
Then it was time to stamp the "frame". TIP: Be sure to really follow the penciled circle to ensure your frame doesn't end up being a curve or two short. Ask me how I know. And watch for my next inspiration post ;)




STEP 7
I don't own a MISTI, so where the images were not perfectly stamped I used a Sharpie to correct that.



STEP 8
When I decided to keep the suitcases white and "rainbow" the background I nixed the Gansai Tambis and went for my tried and true and vibrant Distress Inks. 




STEP 9
Now this is how I "rainbow" with watercolors. I opted for warm colors up top and cool tones on the bottom. More or less. To avoid muddiness, I wet two sections opposite each other and dropped in some yellow and pink ink from my palette (acrylic block). Then I went to the left and right of the yellow and did wet-on-wet with orange and green. A little bit of mixing when the new wet colors run into the damp yellow is OK. (As if we can control watercolors. Ha.) 






STEP 10
So when I was done "rainbowing" the suitcases looked kinda boring. And it bugged me that I had ink leftover on my block. Hmmm - splatters. So I made a mask of scrap paper, adhered it temporarily over the rest of my card and splattered away. TIP: When the "rainbowing" was nearly dry, I touched it up in a few places with some of the leftovers to add a bit more depth and encourage a little more color mixing. You can see this on the finished card, especially on the pink and purple.






So here's the finished rainbowed and splattered card. A teensy strip of gold foil and B/W PP finished it off. Playful, eh?
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I'd love to see you use a border stamp to make a frame. Remember if you try out any of the techniques from our Spotlight posts and hook your project up at our Spotlight Project Showcase  you have a chance to win a $15 gift certificate (random drawing) OR your choice of 5x7 stamp set + a Spotlight Project guest designer spot (randomly drawn from the Top 3 picks).



Tschüss,
Maria


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13 comments:

  1. Yes fun and playful. The frame is so clever and loving the splats on the suitcase. Thank you for the inspiration x

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  2. I Love your border circle rainbow watercoloring and Fun splattered stack of suitcases. A real fun card Maria. TFS your helpful tutorial photos too. I'm inspired! Hugs, Nancy

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  3. Love the circle border! I kept looking at the stamps sets and just couldn't figure out how you did it! Love the colors you used!

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  4. Wow, love what you made! You must have a very steady hand to create the awesome frame. Thanks for the inspiration:)

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  5. Clever use of the border stamp and pretty colors too!

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  6. There are so many possibilities with this idea!

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  7. What a fabulous card maria, and thanks for showing us how you made it.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  8. Super Umsetzung und ein toller Tipp --- danke Maria *knuddelz
    LG hellerlittle

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  9. COOL and so SUPER AWESOME - loved all the tips and tricks I learned from this post today!! Thanks!

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