December challenge at Inkurable Stampers, theme of Holly.
Well, here's where my near fetish for holly stamps came into its own. I used a Penny Black brush stroke holly stamp for the main image, a Stamping Bella holly stamp for the background, and on another version of this card I used the Heather's Stamping Haven solid and open holly stamps.
I started off by using a layout and technique idea from my stamping friend Mary, but changed up the colour scheme a bit. I coloured a panel of watercolour paper with Tombow markers in shades of light yellow, light blue, and many greens, just scribbling on randomly. Then I spritzed generously with water and let it blend around by itself, getting a fair bit of green on my hands. (It washes off eventually. I don't want to say how long because it all depends on how much you wash your hands. I guess if you are neither a compulsive hand-washer or a germophile, it will wash off in about a day, unless you are very neat and don't get any on your hands in the first place. If you are that person, I would watch for other miracles too, like Virgin Marys in your watercolour puddles.) Ok, let the watercolour panel dry, and help it along with a heat tool if you want, once it's stopped sopping and dripping. I set it aside to drip onto my crafting rag, which helped contain the mess, and added a cheerful green to the rag. Once it was dry, I stamped with the Stamping Bella solid holly in Evergreen Bough distress ink, and also some music (Cornish Heritage Farms) in the same green. Then I ironed it to seal the deal and stamped the Penny Black brush stroke holly in black and embossed in black. Next was the message (from the Darkroom Door Dear Santa collection), but I wished afterwards I'd embossed that too. I accented it with my sparkle pen, but I still wish I'd embossed it - next time. The card base is a medium gray linen, stamped with the same Penny Black holly in Ice Jade chalk ink. The front side of the card is cut short by about 1 1/4", and a gold edge strip applied. On the inside of the card is a black linen strip, stamped with my current favourite stamp, a scripty background from Impression Obsession. I am using that stamp on everything. Everything. It works everywhere! It is the little black dress of stamps. Not that I have ever had a little black dress, or needed one, but I use the term to indicate a wardrobe staple, that can be dressed up or down, go uptown, downtown, day to evening with the right accessories, etc. Only the stamp version is much more gratifying and requires neither pantyhose or high heels. Once everything was all put together, I put some Patina stickles on the holly leaves and some Xmas Red and Candy cane stickles on the berries. Yay holly! Yay stamps! This will be a quick one to do a batch of, maybe later tonight.
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