My mother loves hummingbirds. For that reason and more, I had always wanted this stamp set but kept putting off purchasing it because I thought it would have to watercolored. While I absolutely love watercoloring, most of stampers do not share the same love for it.
The time for putting off adding it to my collection was over! Who can resist getting a stamp set she has been longing for when it was one of the free Sale-a-bration products? Not this girl! (Little happy dance).
So, wanting to use the beautiful Stampin' Up! Spring Song stamp set in my upcoming All Occasion Fast & Fabulous cards class, I set out to see what I could come up with without watercoloring. And, this is it. A monochromatic card with just a touch of color.
My card uses the monochromatic theme. Monochromatic is just a big word to describe the same color ink, card stock and accessories plus a neutral color. Monochromatic can also mean shades of one color.
I stamped the hummingbird and flower image stamp in Bravo Burgundy Classic Ink on Very Vanilla card stock. Then layered the Very Vanilla card stock on Bravo Burgundy card stock, again on Very Vanilla card stock to rest upon on the Bravo Burgundy card stock card base. The multiple layers keep the card from being bland.
Are you thinking I watercolored anyway? I promise I didn't. Classic Ink is not waterproof. When water/moisture touches it, it will smear/run. I quickly colored in the flowers only with my Blender Pen. How? I used the Blender Pen to pull the color from the stamped lines. As you can see in the picture, the outline image looks as deep as it did before I stole some ink to color in the flowers. Pretty cool! This technique works understandably best with dark ink colors.
I played around until I came up with my pretty little decoration at the top of the card. It is the Modern Label Punch in Bravo Burgundy card stock folded in half. I used my Crop-a-Dile to easily punch through the three layers of card stock so I could add some Very Vanilla 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon. A simple knot and there you have an elegant accent.
My card stock dimensions and colors are
Bravo Burgundy: 3-3/4" x 4-1/4", 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" and scrap piece for punching
Very Vanilla: 3-1/2" x 4" and 4" x 4-1/2"
The supplies you will need to duplicate my card:
Order the Bravo Burgundy card stock and stamp pad as part of a $50 order and get the Spring Song stamp set for free! But, don't delay! Sale-a-bration is only through March 31, 2010. Order now on www.stampinsmiles.stampinup.net!
And, don't forget the Stampin' Smiles February Bonus when your order reaches $50 or more!
Please let me know if I can be of any assistance to you.
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