I'm back with my next installment of this 6-part "Color Your Season" series.... this time with a fresh Fall theme! (As implied by the title of this limited-edition bundle, "Color Your Season", this set of stamps & dies will earn its keep in your collection year-round, due to its seasonal versatility.)
This card features all 3 elements of this August's offering:
- "Blended Seasons" 2-volume stamp set (also available bundled with its coordinating dies for 10% discount)
- "Stitched Seasons" framelits dies (also available bundled with its coordinating stamp set for 10% discount)
- Brand-new assortment of watercolor pencils "Assortment 2" (adds 10 fresh colors to our current Assortment 1).
Each of these products features exclusive availability during August 2018, although we're told the watercolor pencils may show up in a future catalog. Oh, and fair warning that all 3 of these products are on a "while supplies last" status, too!
If you've followed me for very long you probably already know that watercoloring with Stampin' Up!® inks is one of my very favorite techniques. I find it both fun and relaxing. Watercoloring an image entirely with ink is fairly quick, but watercoloring over hand-colored images such as these take me a little longer, so I don't tend to make very many (if any) duplicates with this technique.
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How this card came together:
- I stamped the leaves in Stazon ink (Jet Black) onto watercolor paper and then colored in with watercolor pencils from both Assortments 1 and 2.
- Blended the leaf colors with an Aqua Painter.
- Aqua Painter & Pool Party ink provided the background wash. (Squeeze pad to transfer ink to the lid to watercolor with.)
- Using the Stamparatus for perfect alignment, I stamped the sentiment multiple times in Rich Razzleberry ink. (Such repeated stamping provides a deeper, smoother image on the textured watercolor paper.)
- Once the watercolored layer was complete, I layered it onto Rich Razzleberry cardstock and then onto the card base of Pool Party cardstock.
- The bow consists of 2 layers of Rich Razzleberry cardstock: Top layer is simply die cut the traditional way using the bow die in the "Stitched Seasons" set. That upper layer appears as the outline texture in the close-up below. The bottom layer of the bow was created using the Embossing Mats with the same die to create a textured image, and then I carefully cut out that layer by hand. Ultimately, I adhered the top layer to the lower one to get the finished element.
- Finally, 3 adhesive-backed sequins were added for visual interest and more texture. (Note that I usually add embellishments such as these in a general triangle shape.)
- Oh, and the envelope liner? It's actually just Rich Razzleberry cardstock because I don't yet have the new Designer Series Paper available in the newly-configured color families. And the shape is cut out with the envelope liner dies that retired a few years back. (No, I'm NOT letting go of mine, so don't even ask, lol!)
Keep an eye out for the final 2 cards I'll feature in this series, and if you haven't already snagged your own "Color Your Season" stamps, dies and watercolor pencils, I still recommend doing it sooner rather than later, since supplies are limited. See them in detail and catch 'em here!
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