queen anne’s lace

Hello friends and welcome to another Wednesday showcasing some wonderful stamps from I Brake For Stamps. Did you ever set out to make a card but in the end had to switch gears and do something completely different?   It’s what happened to me with this card.  I had in my mind an embossed and heavily colored card but after several versions that just did not work out I decided to go in another direction.  Here is the card:

The main panel uses just one stamp – the very versatile Fennel Silhouette, also known as Queen Anne’s Lace.  It can be found on the IBFS store hereI created the card by first cutting out a circle and sponging along the lower half with distress inks of chipped sapphire and faded jeans.  I masked off a few areas to create the hills in the background.  I used dusty concord ink (with a very light touch) for the sky after masking off the moon.  Once all the sponging was done I stamped the image  several times.   The same image was stamped in versamark to create the background paper as well. It always makes me happy to see what you can do with just one stamp!

Now, I did not stop there.  I always like to keep a bunch of simple cards made up for those times when you need something right away.  I made this series for what I call my “add sentiment later” stash.  Having these ready made cards are wonderful when you need a quick thank you, thinking of you, or just a blank card to write a quick note to someone. You can just pull one out, stamp a quick sentiment and you are good to go.   This bunch took me only about 10 minutes in total to make.

It’s a very simple technique.  A great tip here – most of you probably have different types of watercolor paper in your supplies.  Well, break out the cheap stuff for these!!!

Just cut a panel to whatever size you want.  The ones I made here are small – the front panel is 3″ x 4″ with the actual card only slightly larger.  Then take a narrow acrylic block and a rainbow type inkpad.  I used Kaleidacolor pads for these and since I have 5 different pads I was able to make 5 slightly different cards quickly.

Press the acrylic block onto the pad and get a nice coverage of ink.  Then spritz some water on the inked block and press it onto the paper. That’s it.

Do all the inking, spritzing and pressing at once.  It goes very fast and you end up with this..

From here I just lined everything up and stamped the Queen Anne’s Lace image onto the pieces and attached these to the card bases.  You can go a little further if you want by adding ribbons, embellishments etc. I stippled some additional color on one and I might add some pearls to another later on.   Just remember to leave some space for a sentiment to be added later.

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