Splish, splash ... Aren't these little birds just the CUTEST, splashing around in their birdbath? I couldn't wait to dive in with this image from the Touch of Kindness stamp set from Stampin' Up! (See more greeting card ideas using this rubber stamp set HERE and HERE.)
The Tempting Turquoise background gains a bit of subtle texture thanks to the new STRIPES Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. This simple design was on my wish list, when lo and behold, it appeared in the new 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog. Yippee!
The main image was watercolored using Stampin' Up! Classic Pads and an Aqua Painter and Blender Pens. TIP: Build depth and shading into your watercoloring by adding "layers" of color, letting the image dry before adding another layer.
I gave my "sun" a little texture with clear embossing powder before punching it out with the Scallop Circle Punch. The butterfly was borrowed from the cute kitty rubber stamp in this set. TIP: Ink just a portion of a stamp using a Stampin' Write Marker or you can touch the corner of an ink pad to the stamp to carefully ink just a portion of an image.
The flower, a simple punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, mimics the tiny flower at the base of the birdbath image. SO CUTE! For a quick and easy "special touch", I added TINY little drops of Crystal Effects (I used a toothpick) to the water droplets. Probably hard to see here, but in real life they almost look like real droplets of water!
The finishing touch was the gorgeous Soft Suede Taffeta Ribbon . . . but then I got carried away with cuteness and added a little flower button tied with Baker's Twine. Ya, I know . . . cuteness overload, right? Hey, it was one of those days that just NEEDED a lot of cuteness. And it worked, too! And all was right with the (Stampingville) world again. ;-)
Less than three weeks left to get your hands on the Touch of Kindness stamp set. It's one of the exclusive rubber stamps featured in the 2011 Summer Mini Catalog available through August 31. Love patterned paper? Purchase three packages of Designer Series Paper and choose a fourth package for free. Get stocked up now for all your crafty projects - offer ends Aug. 31.
Enjoy a few simple things this week!
ENJOY THE SIMPLE THINGSStamps: Touch of Kindness (W-123201, C-123203)
Ink: Crumb Cake (121030), Tempting Turquoise (100814), Old Olive (102277), Poppy Parade (119782), So Saffron (105213), Soft Suede (115657), VersaMark (102283)
Paper: Crumb Cake (120953), Tempting Turquoise (102067), So Saffron (105118), Poppy Parade (119793), Watercolor Paper (122959)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (123128), Aqua Painter (103957), Blender Pen (102845), Heat Tool (100005), Clear Emboss Powder (109130), 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch (119854), Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309)
Accessories: Soft Suede 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon (122967), Neutrals Designer Buttons (119743), White Baker's Twine (124262), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Crystal Effects (101055), Mini Glue Dots (103683)