Hey, glad you’re here! I’ve been busy for the last week fighting technical difficulties, and it’s so good to be back. I’ve got a fall card to share with you, and if you’re not good at watercolor (like me!), you’ll love this tutorial.
I’m using Distress Inks today, in Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, and Vintage Photo. They’re great for this technique, because they blend so well with water, but use any dye inks you have. I added some of the ink to the stamp, and you can see that the colors don’t quite touch. This keeps your pads from contaminating each other, but as long as you start with the lightest color, it shouldn’t be a problem. Next I misted the stamp with water, and stamped it onto watercolor paper. Let it sit for a moment or two to let the ink soak into the paper. By the way, I’m using the Leaf Motif stamp set by Catherine Pooler, but any stamps will work.
The water helps the colors blend into each other, and it makes the details softer. The more water you use, the less pattern you’ll see. I experimented with how much water I used, so some of the leaves have more pattern than others. And can you see the ink smudge over the red leaf? I’ll have to fix that!
I filled in with more leaves from the Leaf Motif stamp set, and acorns from Catherine Pooler’s Autumn Blessings stamp set. No more smudge! Now it’s time for the sentiment.
I trimmed down my panel using the Stitched Rectangle dies from Simon Says stamp, and die cut my sentiment using the Thankful die by Catherine Pooler. I attached the panel to my chocolate brown card base with tape runner. Next, I glued each of the tiny pieces back into place inside the letters, and leaving the die cut in place makes it easy to get perfect placement. After all the pieces were in, I removed the die cut word.
I stamped the rest of the sentiment from the Autumn Blessings stamp set, and heat embossed it in white onto a strip of red cardstock. Then I added it to the card with foam tape. I used brown bakers twine from my stash for a final touch.
And I found out something I didn’t know before. Did you know September 12 is the National Day of Encouragement? I love that, and I love sending handmade encouragement to others. But my question is, why should we limit encouragement to one day? So many people are hurting right now, and I know you know at least a few people who are having a hard time. I’m challenging you to take time this week to send out handmade encouragement to the people you know who need it the most. I’ll be posting lots of inspiration this week, and I’d love to hear if you’re planning to join me! Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon.