For quite a while now, I have been trying to make the perfect cloud or puff of ink as a background on my card fronts. I kept ending up with blotchy, streaky messes. Finally, I realized I was using the wrong tool. I'm very excited to share with you today how I successfully got these beautiful clouds of ink in the middle of my card fronts. So, on y go! Let's get stamping.
I have another watercolor technique to share with you today - smooshing! It's as fun as the name. In this short video, I shared how I did this technique. Don't worry - it's less messy than it looks! So, on y go! Let's get stamping.
BONUS: Click to check out my other blog post with an additional sample that I made with one of the backgrounds created in the video.
I would like to announce my first ever YouTube video featuring the Country Home stamp set and the Snowfall Accents Puff Paint. I am excited to have another way to share projects and techniques with you in a way where you can actually see what I am doing!
In this first video, I show you how to apply the Snowfall Accents Puff Paint using a paintbrush for a more even effect. Basically, you pour out a little puddle of paint onto a clear block and then use a paintbrush to scoop some up and dab it onto your project. In order for the puff effect to work, you need to create little puddles of puff paint, so I show you how to apply it with a tapping method to leave a puddle of paint instead of brushing it into the cardstock. Then, heat it with a heat gun and watch it puff up! You can also go back and add a little more paint with your paintbrush if you don't get quite the puff you were hoping for the first time.
I also demonstrate how to create beautiful shading with the Stampin' Blends markers. These markers are so easy to use. Begin by coloring the image with the lighter marker. Then, color the shaded areas with the darker marker. Finally, go back over the whole image with the lighter marker to blend the colors together. You can keep going over the image until you have the desired darkness and effect.
You'll want to check out the video to see the puff paint and blends in action! I'd love to hear what you think about my first foray into the world of instructional videos; please leave a comment or suggestion below. As always, On Y Go! Let's get stamping!
Pear Pizzaz Cardstock: 4 1/4" x 11", scored at 5 1/2"
Whisper White Cardstock: 2 1/2" x 3 3/4"
Soft Suede Cardstock: 2 5/8" x 3 7/8"
Old Olive Cardstock: 3" x 4 1/4"
Old Olive Cardstock: 4 1/4" x 3 3/16"
Garden Lane DSP: 4 1/4" x 3"