I'm blogging from the road. It's so nice having all my cards done ahead of time and all I have to do is sit in a nice hotel room in Alaska typing this blog post! Well, until I get home and then I'll be totally behind to get my next blog post up (preferably on Fridays!). I do have one complaint to state today though. I love photography and nature (especially animals, as in the zoo is my favorite place to go) - flowers and living creatures are my jam. (haha - teenager mom alert). So when my husband had a work trip to Alaska and offered to bring me for our anniversary (18 years - go us) I was all in. I figured I would see LOTS of wildlife and I brought my super long lens to get good shots. We went on a cruise as I was really hoping to see an Orca whale as we don't have those in my part of the woods. We went on a hike in a park that is supposed to be a home to lots of moose. We went on drives to other parks and looked everywhere for moose and bears. We basically did everything you can do to see wildlife when traveling to Alaska for four days! And guess what? I DIDN'T SEE ANYTHING! No whales, no moose, no special birds, no bears, NOTHING. I did get some pretty landscape shots though which I'll post once I load them, but beware - they aren't of wildlife - just icebergs and mountains and forests.
Ok, so now that my complaining is over, I will now get to the point of this post. The funny part of this story is that the stamp set I'm using in my "one stamp, five ways" post today is all about nature! Check this baby out - it is by My Favorite Things and was part of their new release two months ago and it's called Fly By Friends:
As you know, I love any stamp set that has flowers in it, but my second favorite thing is critters and this one has BOTH! Nature at it's finest! I made six things today - five cards and one tag. I used both the stamp set AND the die set that goes with it. You can purchase them at either MFT directly or at Simon Says Stamp. So let's get started with some nature cards today, shall we?!?!?!
This card was made by stamping all of the stamps with Versamark Ink on watercolor paper and embossing with white embossing powder. I die-cut the rectangle using my Lawn Fawn large stitched rectangle set. After they were all embossed, I watercolored over them with a wash of pinks, reds, oranges, and yellows. I purposefully made this a messy painting rather than painting in each item inside the lines like I usually do. And this technique was hard for me as I'm not a messy type of artist - I like things to be perfect. BUT I do love this look - I just can't do it very well! I'm always trying to show you different ideas/techniques with stamps, so this is a new one for me! Do you like it or do you prefer my usual painting each item in type of watercoloring?
After it was all dry, I die-cut a stitched rectangle using MFT Blueprints 20 out of white cardstock. I stamped a sentiment from the set on it. I love that MFT stamps always have so many sentiment choices in their stamp sets. I added two large sparkling clear sequins to each side of the sentiment and a few more around it using my new Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequin mix.
For this card, I also stamped the images on watercolor paper using Versamark Ink and embossed them with white embossing powder. I then die-cut them with the dies that go with the stamp set. I painted them in with watercolors - this time in my usual less messy manner. For the background of the card, I used my new Simon Says Stamp medium dots stencil with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. I placed the stencil over a white cardstock rectangle using my LF Large Stitched Rectangle set. I then rubbed the ink over the stencil using a Ranger Blending Tool. This is another great way to use stencils and Distress Inks for backgrounds that I haven't shown done yet. I always use my stencils with texture paste. I like how subtle this look is with a light color of ink - I bet any inks would work here. I die-cut the center of the rectangle out using my MFT Rounded Stitched Rectangle Stax dies. I told you I use these a lot - at least once for every post lately! I then die-cut another rectangle from watercolor paper the same size and rubbed Distress Inks on it with greens and blues.
I stamped the sentiment on a label die from MFT Blueprints 13 set. Next I put it all together to make this card. I attached the rectangle with the spots on it to a light blue cardstock card base. Next, I attached the center piece inside that piece. I then stamped the little insect lines on it with black ink. I attached all of the flowers to the bottom of the card and the butterfly to the top of the card. I used some Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Clear Droplets that I just purchased - love these little dots instead of sequins for a change!
I had to be predictable and use a watercolor striped background for one of my cards (actually TWO on this post!)! I die-cut this one using my stitched rectangle from MFT Blueprints 13. I wet the entire background and painted the yellow stripes on i so the stripes bled into the white areast. Then I splashed some darker yellow spots on it while it was still wet so they bled into the stripes. I attached that to a white card base. Next, I die-cut a white scallop circle using a Lawn Fawn Scallop Circle die set. I die-cut a circle out of the center using the SSS Stitched Circle dies. I die-cut a second circle a little bit bigger out of watercolor paper and watercolored it with pinks and oranges. I attached that to the top of the card.
I stamped the little stitched lines from the stamp set in black ink on the background of the card overlapping the pink circle. Then I attached the circle scallop frame I created earlier so the stitches go behind the frame. Next I attached a butterfly from the stamp set that I stamped with black ink on white cardstock and colored with Copic markers. I added some white dots with a white uniball marker. I glued little 4mm pink sequins all along the border of the scallop frame from my PPP Summer Mix of sequins. I die-cut a stitched banner from MFT Blueprints 20 set and stamped the sentiment with black ink on it. I attached that to the bottom of the card and glued a yellow 6mm sequin to each side.
I die-cut a frame using the Mama Elephant Framed Tags dies out of watercolor paper and painted it yellow. I attached that to a white card base. I then die-cut a stitched rectangle form my new Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle set. I painted stripes on it using a reddish/coral watercolor. For this one, I did not wet the entire surface first. I just painted a wet wash of color over a dry background so the stripes did not run into the white areas of the Ranger Watercolor Paper (love that it is pure white and perfect for backgrounds). I attached this piece over the yellow frame covering most of it, but leaving a nice scallop border behind it.
Next, I die-cut a banner from my Lawn Fawn Home Sweet Home die set. I stamped the banner over it using the Home Sweet Home matching stamp set. I stamped the sentiment on it with black ink as well. I stamped the three flowers and the large bee on watercolor paper and painted them in. Do I even bother mentioning that I stamped them with a light color of Distress Ink, then watercolored with no lines, then added doodled lines? Yep, did it again - maybe I just like to doodle. Yes, that is a true statement! Just stamp with black ink for the same look in a much easier way! I attached the three flowers just over the banner tucked behind it. I used pop dots behind them so the flowers stick out from the card. I added the bee to the corner and stamped the little lines below him. I then added some coral sequins to the bottom of the card.
I realized all my cards were in yellows and pinks, so I had to finish with a blue one. I die-cut a stitched rectangle using my MFT Blueprints 13 die set out of watercolor paper. I then stamped the design on it with Versamark Ink and embossed with white embossing powder. I love using this technique with rubber background stamps - this one is no longer available but any of them would work the same way. It just adds some nice texture and resist spots to a watercolored background. I watercolored over this piece using a bluish green color. I attached that to a teal card base.
I stamped all of the insects on white cardstock with black ink and colored them in with Copic markers. I had a few extras from watercolor paper so I added them as well. So this is really a mix of some colored with Copics and some painted with watercolors. Hopefully you can't tell! I attached them randomly to the background. I die-cut a stitched banner from MFT Blueprints 2 set and stamped my sentiment on that. I used my new PPP 4mm Clear Droplets on the sides of the banner and over the background. I added some Lawn Fawn Aquamarine twine to the top of the card.
Last, I made a tag with some of my extra stamped elements. I die-cut this tag using the Simon Say Stamp Stitched Dress Up tag die set. Rather than poke the dots out of the top of the card, I attached them still in - I like this look. I then stamped the elements on white cardstock with MFT Natural Ink and colored them with Copic markers using a no line look. I didn't outline them after they were done, but I was tempted to! I colored the wings of the bee using a clear Wink of Stella glitter pen. I did this on some of my other bees throughout this post as well, but forgot to mention that! I rubbed Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink on the background of the tag with a Ranger Blending Tool. I then attached all of the stamped images over the top.
I stamped the sentiment on a smaller banner stamp from MFT Tag Builder Blueprints 4 die set. I added that to the bottom of the tag. I added some black and white twine to the tag to finish it. I love how busy this tag is - I don't usually add this much to them!
Ok, that's all for now! I've consumed a large bag of gummy bears while typing this post though. Bad habit to start, but it got me through! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I myself am quite happy to be returning to my home tomorrow so I can hang out with my wild life doggies and enjoy the critters that I have! Thanks for visiting today! Remember you can subscribe to my blog via email now on the top left side of my blog. Suzy