Updated: May 19, 2021
Today there is a NEW release over at The Colorado Craft Company featuring their line of stamps illustrated by Anita Jeram. This line of stamps is a favorite of mine. I absolutely love Anita's illustrations and her loose drawing style lends itself well to loose and informal coloring which in my mind means I don't have to be perfect. Follow #antiajeram for more of her art and to see many other artists using her illustrations in their projects.
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As for my project, I made a slimline card using the NEW Watch This! stamp set. This set does have a coordinating die set available to purchase seperately, although I did not use them on this particular project.
For this card I started with my images. I needed to do a bit of masking which can be challenging at times, so I wanted to get that part done first. I typically like to start building my background first, but for this card I wanted to make my focal images and decide on their color palette before creating the background. I used black waterproof Ink to stamp them onto bristol smooth cardstock. To color them, I used my inktense pencils and a blender brush pen.
I stamped my images using my stamp positioner, masking the unwanted parts of the image. For instance, the image of the dog on the bottom is actually balancing a small ball on his nose. I masked off that ball before inking my stamp as to not stamp that part of the image. Instead, I replaced it with the next dog balancing himself on a much larger ball. With this stamp, I made sure to mask the "floor" area beneath the ball. The stamp has some grounding lines there and I didn't want those for this design. I used a permanent black ink pen to redraw in the linework that I had accidentally masked off. I also drew in some lines to make the ball look like a beach ball. I used the last dog balancing the bones in the exact same way. I masked my stamp below his foot and drew the lines back in, to make it look like he was balancing himself on the middle dog.
Once I had all of my dogs balancing on one another I used my scissors to fussy cut the entire image as one big element to pop up onto my background. I dislike fussy cutting.
I used the same bristol paper cut to 3x8 and ink-blended some inks to create a fun confetti splattered background.
I wanted to stick to the same color palette I used on the dogs, which was really just the colors of a typical beach ball. Each dog was assigned its own colored bandana tied around their neck so that it was all coordinated. I started with masking a small area at the bottom to be my ground. I used a bright yellow-green for this. I then masked that area to begin blending on some red behind where my images would live. I blended the red into white and then into blue. It turned out a bit more patriotic than I intended but it looked nice in the end.
I then began to spatter on the same red and blue inks while also incorporating some black and white ink splatter as well to tie in the sentiment strip I was about to add. To complete the background I added my stand three coats of shimmer spray. I sprayed sparkle, frost, and white iridescent shimmer spray on the background.
I stamped the "happy birthday" sentiment from the same Watch This! stamp set using watermark ink and heat embossing it using white embossing powder.
To put it all together, I popped the background panel up onto a Fog gray cardstock cut to 8 1/2 by 7 and scored in the middle at 3 1/2. This is the size slimline card I prefer to create. It's perfect because I also have a 3x8 scrapbook, so having pre-cut pieces of this size is handy for me. I popped up the panel using black craft foam and tear tape adhesive. I then popped up the image using foam squares. The sentiment was given the same treatment making this card three levels of dimension. I love dimension and never shy away from maxing it out!
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