it is always such fun playing with new stamps. My order arrived Christmas Eve - 3 new Hero Arts stamps. I have used two so far.... still thinking about what to do with the 3rd set ( the cling bicycles) but have had fun with the Classic Fabric design and the Small Striped Flower cling.
I was mucking around with some distress inks and pearlised gold water - trying different techniques and papers and came up with a couple of lovely backgrounds.
My first one was watercolour paper which I completely wet with the pearlised water and then I put some red distress inks on my craft mat and picked up the ink with a water brush and painted onto the wet paper.... it feathered out lovely. My second piece was normal card which I then use to sop up the remaining ink, again spirtzed with the pearlised water.
I took this lovely photo of the Hibiscus on my deck and it was the inspiration for my first card ( made with the watercolour background)
I stamped the Small Striped flower cling in the Barn Door. I highlighted the centres with gold metallic ink pen. Embossed the sentiment. I edged the piece with the gold pen and layered onto the black card.
This card used the other red piece. I over-stamped with Classic Fabric design. I then used a white gel pen to highlight parts of the design. Added some scrumpled netting and a bit of black card. Sentiment is embossed with black EP. I layered onto some grey Bazzil that I made into a card base. I like the grey with the red and black.
The first card is going to be a house warming card.... we are off to stay with our friends Michael and Yvonne, at their new bach ( holiday home) up in Mangawhai Heads. The house was specially built for them as they needed some special access for their daughter who is a paraplegic and in a wheelchair. I can't wait to see it... I saw the plans but seeing it in real life will be different. We are staying 3 nights with them. So no blogging for a few days....
Wishing you all a happy New Year's celebration and happy crafting for 2011.