What a busy week it's been since the debut of the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog + two special promotions! Whew!! While waiting for my order of new Stampin' Up! supplies (hello? man in brown? please hurry!), I created this card of encouragement using the beautiful Apothecary Art stamp set. I'm so thrilled this set carried over to the catalog.
I loved this color combination: Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, and Chocolate Chip (also used: Wild Wasabi). You'll probably see these colors paired up again soon.
The floral image was stamped on Watercolor Paper (using Jet Black StazOn Ink) and I used a combination of Stampin' Write Markers and Classic Ink Pads and the Aqua Painter to accomplish the watercoloring. I used the markers first to color the darker shaded areas, then simply filled in the remaining areas using the Aqua Painter and lightly blended.
HIP TIP: Create a "pool" of ink to dip your Aqua Painter into by squeezing the closed ink pad. The ink pad will touch the lid, depositing wet ink where you'll easily be able to pick it up with the Aqua Painter. With the new Firm Foam pads squeeze lightly! The older felt pads take several firm squeezes.
The encouraging sentiment is from the Pursuit of Happiness stamp set and was stamped within the center banner, hand cut and popped up using Dimensionals. Speaking of hand cut, I must admit that while the coordinating Labels Collection Framelits will die-cut the images from this stamp set, I hand cut the main image to achieve this particular design. It's totally not necessary to do that, but I was being fussy!
Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Stamps: Apothecary Art (W-125525, C-125527), Pursuit of Happiness (W-121907, C-121970)
Ink: Jet Black StazOn (101406), Calypso Coral (126983), Wild Wasabi (126959), Stampin' Write Markers: 2011-2013 In Color Collection (123002), Subtles Collection (119700), Neutrals Collection (119703)
Paper: Calypso Coral (122925), Crumb Cake (120953), Whisper White (100730), Watercolor Paper (122959)
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (117335), Labels Collection Framelit Dies (125598), Aqua Painter (103954)
Accessories: Chocolate Chip 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon (124142), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)