Hello stamping friend! Welcome to our June Scrap ‘N Stamp Blog Hop, in which we’re hopping to Stamp Out Cancer! Most of us have been touched by cancer in one way or another. It could be you that are/were affected; perhaps a loved one. And the cancer comes in many different forms, but it doesn’t discriminate. It touches people of all ages, all genders, all walks of life.
Our Design Team member Nancy Elrick is a Colon Cancer survivor. The cancer came upon her totally unsuspected, and luckily was dealt with quickly. As a survivor, Nancy is now supporting others who have or are going through the fight, by fundraising for the Fight Against Cancer. Nancy will be taking part in a walk on June 22nd. The walk is called Push for Your Tush, specifically to raise funds for Colon Cancer research. If you’d like to join me, and the rest of the team in supporting Nancy and cancer research, please visit her page! You can read Nancy’s story HERE and also donate to her fundraising campaign. Thank you, in advance!
ENJOY THE BLOG HOP!
If you haven’t taken a blog hop before, it’s really easy! At the bottom of each post, you’ll find a link to the next Design Team member’s post. Click on that link, and you’ll be taken directly there. Continue clicking on each link, and you’ll easily go through the entire hop. You’ll also find on each post a link list of all of the blogs, so you can hop about at will, if you like! No judging here – just enjoy yourself! You probably arrived here from the amazing Meghan K.’s blog. She is one of our several guest designer we have joining us this month.
This is the name of the line of stamps by Picket Fence Studios. As you may have guessed by the name, each one is called a ‘beautiful girl’, with her own name. Since we’re a group of ‘lovely ladies’ on this Design Team, I thought it was appropriate to use one of those stamps.
My card uses the April girl stamp, with the coordinating die. The sentiment is from the Picket Fences Studios Exhale Worry stamp set.
To start, stamp your image in Versafine Clair -Nocturne ink onto a piece of watercolour paper. Cover with Clear embossing powder, and heat set. I did the extra step of embossing the ink, as I didn’t want any ink smudging or running, with this detailed image. And for super fine details like in this image, I find that the Versafine is one of the best inks to use; it doesn’t ‘fill in’ the small spaces.
To colour the images, I used Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers and a water brush. Start by rubbing the ink pads directly onto a slick surface, such as your craft mat, or a clear block or piece of acetate. With a wet water brush (but not too wet – the images to colour are quite small), pick up the colour, and apply it to the image. The Distress ink colours are used are as follows: Hair – Brown and Dark Brown; Flowers – Pink, Light Pink, Bright Yellow and Orange; Leaves – Pale Green and Light Green; Banners – Violet and Light Violet; Hummingbird – Violet and Cobalt Blue. The lips are Pink, and the eye shadow is Blue-Gray, with a very wet brush for a light colour. Depending on how much water is used, the colour can appear lighter or darker. It’s best to start light, allow the ink to dry, and then add more colour if you want.
Here’s a close up of the colouring.
Once you’re finished colouring, use the matching April Girl die to die cut the image.
I didn’t want a solid background, but I also felt that a busy pattern would be too much with the many details in the focal image. So, I created my own by masking off strips of varying widths. If you have masking tape you can use it, or you can use strips of Thermo Web Purple Tape. Next, use your Blender Brushes and apply Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry and Worn Lipstick Distress inks to create an ombre look; darkest at the top, lightest at the bottom.
CREATE YOUR CARD
Stamp the sentiment from the Picket Fence Studios ‘Exhale Worry’ stamp set in Versamark ink onto a strip of bright pink cardstock. Cover it with white embossing powder, and heat set.
Now you’re ready to put your card together! Attach the blended striped background to a dark pink card base, with foam tape. Attach the sentiment strip towards the bottom left corner also with foam tape. Now, attach the die cut image just above the right end of the sentiment, with foam squares or tape.
To finish off the card, I added some silver droplets from my stash of embellishments.
With such a detailed focal image, I didn’t want to add too many layers, or embellishments. On the other hand, if I had left the image not coloured, then I definitely would have gone with a more detailed background.
CONTINUE WITH THE STAMP OUT CANCER – SCRAP ‘N STAMP BLOG HOP!
I hope that you’ve enjoyed my project! Please be sure to leave a comment,we love to know what you think of our projects! Next stop on the Hop is the amazing Kia – her projects never cease to amaze and inspire me. Just click on her name, and you’ll be taken directly to her post.
SPECIAL NEWS! In lieu of awarding a prize drawn from those who leave comments, Scrap ‘N Stamp will be donating 10% OF SALES FROM THIS WEEKEND (June 8th & 9th) to Nancy’s fundraiser! Be sure to shop this weekend to help raise money for cancer. You get the goodies – cancer research gets the money! That’s what I call a win-win.
If you would like to support Nancy and donate to the Push For Your Tush campaign, please CLICK HERE to go directly to Nancy’s fundraising page. Remember – all the money she raises goes directly to the fundraiser!
Once you’ve been inspired by all of the Design Team projects, be sure to join the Scrap ‘N Stamp Facebook challenge! Keeping with this theme, create your own project, and share it on the Facebook page. Anyone can enter, one project per day maximum.
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