Half-way there in my personal challenge to share 6 samples featuring elements of the "Color Your Season" offering this month. Given that the stamp set and dies will ONLY be available during August 2018, and ONLY while supplies last, I think it's fair to call 'em "collectibles", don't you?
Here's a reminder of the 3 products included in this offer (a limited-edition 2-volume stamp set, limited-edition coordinating die set, and 2nd volume of watercolor pencils to enhance Volume 1 that you may already have). You can check 'em all out in more detail here - and here..... but if you're charmed by this versatile, year-round set, remember it goes to those who act the quickest because availability is limited, and when the stamps and dies are gone, they're gone!
I had a ton of fun working on this one, and I think my favorite part was actually picking out the colors I would use. The initial images were stamped lightly with Sahara Sand onto watercolor paper, and then I watercolored over them with an Aqua Painter (and ink from the following ink pads). I'd debated whether or not to stamp off some of the Sahara Sand before stamping the image because I initially had in mind to go with the "no line watercolor" look, but ultimately decided against that. And I'm real happy I did. Artists will often sketch out their image in pencil before watercoloring it, and I think the light hand with the Sahara Sand ink worked find to approximate that look!
Here are the colors of ink I ended up using on this project:
BTW, I am absolutely IN. LOVE.WITH the new color "Granny Apple Green"! It's so fresh and clean, and seems to go with just about anything and everything I consider pairing it with! If you don't already have that one in your updated color collection, I highly recommend getting it asap.
Ok, so the easy part of this project was getting the image stamped and colored onto one of the only two remaining scraps of watercolor paper I found in my drawer. But THEN the challenge was to figure out where to go from there to end up with a completed card? My initial idea was to die-cut it with one of the 3 frame dies included in the bundle. But alas, the smallest one was too small, and the other two were too large. (Have you heard the story about this girl in the forest who entered the home of three bears while they were away?....)
Anyway, after staring at my dies options for a while, I was inspired to run a series of swirls down the left-hand side. Btw, TWO such swirls are included in the coordinating die set; I sure love when Stampin' Up! does that for us to make things easier/quicker thru the Big Shot! And once those were glued on, I daubered (um, is that really a verb?) more Daffodil Delight ink over them to pump up the visual depth even more.
The scallops die on the right-hand side is actually from another die set I had handy: Seasonal Layers Thinlits. Its large, chunky attitude seemed to set off the finer detail pieces nicely.
Now, if you're not yet convinced you need this set of stamps and dies in your collection, you can wait for me to get the next 3 samples written up and posted, or you can go claim your own bundle while it's still available!