I recently watched a great video about stamping and was reminded that we should all have fun and relax when we create cards and other projects. It is so easy to get caught up in trying to make the perfect card. Well – I have found a stamp set that just forces relaxation! It is the Sitting Here stamp set in the new Stampin’ Up! annual catalog. I truly relaxed when I made the card pictured below. Your blood pressure may fall a few points when you look at the card! Directions and more information are included below.
Here are the instructions for making this card:
1. Create a pink cardstock card base cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side. Cut a beige piece of cardstock cut to 4 ¼” x 5”. Adhere the beige cardstock to the pink card base, as pictured.
2. Cut a piece of watercolor paper to 4” x 4 ½”. Stamp the porch swing stamp and flower pot images from the Sitting Here stamp set onto the watercolor paper. Use the smooth side of the watercolor paper for your stamping. Use a beige or brown ink to stamp.
3. Dry brush painting is a little of a misnomer. You actually use a very slightly damp brush for this technique. The Aqua Painters are a great tool for this technique. Fill an Aqua Painter with water. Squeeze the barrel to get some water into the brush. Use your fingers to squeeze out almost all the water. Then gently use the brush to pull the ink from the stamped image into the open areas. This will cause the wood to look as if it is lightly colored. Use the same technique to add dimension to the flower vase.
4. Add color to the swing’s cushion and to the flowers with markers in the colors that you choose.
5. Finish the card by stamping “just sitting here thinking of you” onto a banner and staple the banner onto the card front, using the Handheld Stapler.
6. Use dimensionals to adhere the watercolor paper to the beige cardstock.
Supplies that I used to make the card are pictured below. If you click on any supply picture, you’ll be taken to my on-line store.
I hope you enjoy making this card and relax as you are putting the card together!