I have dreamed about this card for two months now and finally sat down to make it happen. It didn’t end up the exact way I dreamed it, but that’s what I love so much about this craft – it changes as it’s created. I quite like the end result.
I heat embossed Pleasant Poppies with Clear Embossing Powder on Very Vanilla card stock. In a small kitchen ramekin, I mixed several drops of Early Espresso reinker with several drops of water. I used my Stampin’ Up! paint brush (retired) to brush the reinker/water mixture over the poppies:
I applied several layers of the reinker/water mixture, intentionally keeping the ink unevenly distributed over the image. This creates a nice texture with layers of painted ink. Once the ink dried a bit, I wiped over the poppies with a Stampin’ Up! paper towel (tee hee, just kidding, there’s no such thing) to remove the ink from the embossed images:
Tying a baker’s twine bow:
I added some baker’s twine, a Naturals Designer Button and a sentiment to my painted poppies. When I started to tie the baker’s twine through the button, I had no idea what I was doing. I think I figured it out, though. Here are the steps I took:
- I fed the baker’s twine through the front holes of the button:
- I fed the sting back through the other two holes of the button. I added a glue dot to the bottom of the button and stuck the button to my craft table to hold the button still while I tied the bow.
- With the button secured to the work surface, I tied a big, floppy bow (like tying a shoelace):
- To resize the bow, lightly pull on the loose strings to reduce the size of the bow loops. Then, pull tight on the bows again. Keep doing this until you have the bow you want. Then, clip the loose strings to the desired length. Here’s a closeup of the final bow:
When the Early Espresso reinker/water mixture dried, it was much lighter than I expected. It almost has a pinkish hue. Guess I should have used more reinker-to-water in my mixture. Because of the change in shade, I couldn’t pair the inked image with Early Espresso card stock. I came very, very close to pulling out my Baja Breeze, but managed to maintain my composure. Aren’t you proud of me? (For those new to my blog, I am on a short hiatus from my go-to color, Baja Breeze. It’s pure torture.). I chose Always Artichoke, a color I like but have NEVER used. Welcome to my repertoire, Always Artichoke.
Stamp Sets: Pleasant Poppies, Teeny Tiny Wishes Papers: Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla Inks: Early Espresso Reinker, Early Espresso Accessories: Naturals Designer Buttons, Baker’s Twine (Early Espresso), Glue Dots, Word Window punch, Sticky Strip
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