Bravo For Elements of Style

Stampin' Up! Elements of Style Card Idea

I can finally share this card with you, knowing it has reached the hands of the birthday girl (hey, Debbie!). I really like trying different techniques with the Elements of Style stamp set because it looks great no matter what you do - including no color at all (check it out HERE).

For this card, I chose to heat emboss the image before water coloring. I don't do it every time, but I do like using that technique occasionally. Not only does it lend a bit of added texture, it also provides a slight barrier if you desire a "neater" watercolor effect.

Water Coloring Embossed Image Technique

HIP TIP: Many rubber stamp images meant for water coloring actually look better by NOT being so neat and tidy. A little overlap here and there gives the artwork a more authentic watercolor look and feel.  For most of us, going "outside the lines" seems to be a difficult concept to grasp. It probably stems from childhood ... but that's "a different Oprah". Hee!

While this card was used for a birthday, it can certainly be used for any occasion. Inside the card I stamped a birthday sentiment, but you could use any type of sentiment or even none at all and simply write your own message.

Hand Stamped Greeting For You

For the water coloring, I layered Pink Pirouette, Pretty In Pink, and Bravo Burgundy. To add the Dazzling Diamonds I applied small dots of Two-Way Glue to the image before sprinkling on the glitter. The "for you" sentiment was hand cut, layered on a 1" Circle, and popped up on the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

World Card Making Day is Tomorrow!
World Card Making Day 2011
What will you be doing? Are you planning to participate in some way? I've got a cute project or two up my sleeve to share with you tomorrow, so stop by if you have a little time. Meanwhile, leave me a comment and tell what you'll be creating to celebrate the day.

Have a "stylish" day!

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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:

Stamps: Elements of Style (W-118611, C-120045)
Ink: VersaMark (102283), Pink Pirouette (111838), Pretty in Pink (10131), Bravo Burgundy (105214), Old Olive (102277)
Paper: Confetti White (102028), Pink Pirouette (111351), Bravo Burgundy (105123), Watercolor Paper (122959)
Tools: Sponge Daubers (102892), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Heat Tool (100005), Black Emboss Powder (109133), Two-Way Glue Pen (100425), Aqua Painter (103954), 1" Circle Punch (119868)
Accessories: Pretty in Pink 5/8" Satin Ribbon (117289), Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter (102023)