SCRAP ‘N STAMP BACKGROUND CHECK BLOG HOP!
Welcome to this month’s blog hop with the Scrap ‘N Stamp Design Team! You may be wondering what the ‘Background Check’ is all about…well, we’re not about to do a search on you, don’t worry! This hop is all about backgrounds, with a highlight on our new favourite tool, the Life Changing Blender Brushes by Picket Fence Studios. If you’ve been a follower of my blog, you’ll know that I’ve been extolling the virtues of these amazing Blender Brushes for months now. However, they’ve just recently come into stock in the Scrap ‘N Stamp store, so for those who don’t know about them – get ready to learn, and add them to your shopping cart!
If you haven’t done a blog hop before, it’s super easy! Each member of the Design Team has linked our post to the person next in line. So, all you have to do is click on the highlighted name at the bottom of my post, and you’ll be taken directly to their blog. If you started at the beginning, you’ll have arrived here from the incredibly talented Nancy F.’s post – wasn’t her project amazing?! That lady’s got talent, for sure! You’ll want to leave a comment on each of the posts as you hop along, because there are prizes to be won! There are a total of 9 prizes; 8 goody bags plus 1 $50 Gift Certificate for the Scrap ‘N Stamp online store! Winners will be randomly selected from everyone who comments. PLUS – during this blog hop, you can get 20% OFF your purchase of the ANY Life Changing Blender Brushes! USE CODE BRUSH20 when you check out! Well, let’s not waste any time – let’s get on with the Scrap ‘N Stamp Background Check Blog Hop!
ALL YOU NEED IS VITAMIN SEA!
It was completely unplanned that the stamp set and dies I chose to use for today’s project are also from Picket Fence Studios! I chose the A Dose of Vitamin Sea stamp set because of the whale & sea images. Here in Vancouver, BC, whale watching is a beloved past time; and if you’re lucky, you don’t even have to go out in a boat to see them! Lots of times we’re lucky enough that some whales come close into the harbour, and put on a show. I have gone out in a boat on a whale watching tour, and it was AH-MA-ZING!! If you’ve never gone, I highly recommend it – put it on your bucket list, now!
I chose to do a Z-fold card, because I wanted to fit in both of these charming whales! The great thing about this fold is that when folded, the card still fits into a standard A2 sized envelope! The picture above shows the card partly open, so you can see where the folds are.
This photo above shows the card fully open – now you can see the sentiment stamped in the middle panel.
Creating this Z-fold card is very easy. Simply cut your card base at 11″ x 4 1/4″, and score at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″. Your first score at 2 3/4″ will be a ‘mountain’ fold, while the 5 1/2″ fold will be a ‘valley’ fold. To create your image panel, cut a panel of white cardstock at 11″ x 4″, and score again at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″. Then, trim 1/8″ off each end, so that your image panel is slightly smaller than your base.
Now the fun part! Use your Life Changing Blender Brush (or LCBB for short) and first apply your lightest colour ink from the bottom to about two-thirds of the way up the white panel. This gives you a nice base of colour to work on. Now blend on your next darkest colour, stopping just under your lightest colour near the top of the blending. Continue to do this until your colours are added. The colours I used for my sea are Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Broken China and Blueprint Sketch. Now, you’re going to want to go back and blend each colour again, just to smooth out the blended areas. This is something you would do regardless of the blending tool you use, but I have found that I have less blending to do with these brushes than with a foam pad.
ABOUT THE LIFE CHANGING BLENDER BRUSHES
The great thing about these LCBB’s is that because they are a synthetic bristle brush, they don’t ‘soak up’ a lot of the ink, like a foam pad does. So, when you’re blending from light to dark, there’s no need to clean or change your brush between inks. And when you do want to clean them off, you can do that just by rubbing the brush part on your scrap paper! Trust me – I’ve had my medium sized brushes for over 3 months now, and have only just actually washed them! More great news – washing them is no big deal, either! Take your brushes to the sink, get them wet in some warm water, add some mild soap (Dawn detergent, or whatever bar soap you have – just make sure it doesn’t have any exfoliate or micro beads in it); wash off your brush, and let it dry overnight! Stand your brushes up in a glass or something, so that any excess water will drip/run downwards.
ADD YOUR SEA CREATURES
When you’re happy with your blending, it’s time to have more fun, and add some sea creatures! The A Dose of Vitamin Sea stamp set has all you can want, and more. There’s fish, starfish, squid, manta ray, jellyfish, and of course bubbles!
I added some small schools of fish, stamping them in Peacock Feathers Distress ink and a few starfish in Abandoned Coral. You can’t really see them, but I did stamp a few jellyfish in Versamark ink and embossed the with clear embossing powder. Next, I added some bubbles, and a few seagulls flying above, in Hickory Smoke. I then stamped the sentiment in the middle panel in Versafine Clair Nocturne ink, and embossed it in clear embossing powder. After doing that, I sprayed some water onto the panel; these Distress Oxides react with water, and create added texture and their own ‘bubbles’! You can see them in the photo below.
Now to create the whales! I knew I wanted to watercolour them, so I stamped the images in Versafine Clair Nocturne ink and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder. Next, I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a water brush for colouring. The three colours I used are Light Gray, Gray and Blue Gray. Don’t you just love these smiling whales?!
After colouring the whales, I put the spouting water stamp onto my clear block. I added my Zig markers in Blue and Cobalt Blue directly onto the stamp, and then stamped onto the watercolour paper. I’m really happy with how it turned out!
Finally, I added the whales and the water spout to the image panel, with foam squares. I then added the image panel to the card base, using Tombow liquid glue.
CARRY ON WITH THE HOP!
I hope that you’ve enjoyed my project for our Scrap ‘N Stamp Background Check Blog Hop! Be sure to leave a comment here on my post, so that you’re entered to win one of the 8 goody bags, or the $50 Gift Certificate for Scrap ‘N Stamp! Order your amazing Life Changing Blender Brushes this weekend only (Friday Apr. 5th – Sunday Apr. 7th) and get 20% OFF with CODE BRUSH20 at checkout!
Now, you’ll want to carry on and visit Chala’s blog, to see her amazing project. Prepare to have your socks knocked off!
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