The Mystic Romance collection finds its inspiration in fashion, and the stamps have a cool embroidered or stitched look. They're especially fun for inky techniques. I used FSJ's new Liquid Color on both of todays cards, trying out a few different techniques.
On this bumblebee card, I created the background using three floral stamps. I used Liquid Color and a sponge dauber to ink red and green onto the same stamp. Our Liquid Colors are dye based liquid ink. I simply put a few drops onto an acrylic block, and picked up the color with the dauber to apply to the stamps. After I stamped the flowers, I inked the Canvas Prints background stamp in Pineapple Fusion and stamped right on top of my floral background. It adds some subtle color and texture to the background.
After stamping and cutting the bumblebee, I colored him with Color Splash watercolor pencils. I painted Sparkle Silk on his wings, and then I covered them with Journey Glaze. Some paper scraps, tapes, twine and dots completed this cheery summertime card.
Next up, I used the Liquid Color in a totally different way. Instead of stamping with them, I used them to create a background. First, I embossed the butterflies on watercolor paper. Some stamps are easier to emboss on watercolor paper than others - in this case, I was okay with a less-than-precise image, with some of the paper's texture showing through.
After embossing, I began to play with water and Liquid Color. I puddled some water on a large acrylic block, and added drops of blue and purple Liquid Color, along with some splatters of Silver and Sparkle Silks. Then I misted my watercolor panel with water so it would be ready to absorb all that fun color. After misting, I pressed the paper face down on the acrylic block, and soaked up some color. Don't be afraid to pick it up and put it down again if you miss a spot or want more color. Also feel free to spritz more water on top. Just play with water and color and see what happens!
Here's a watercolor tip! After really saturating a piece of paper, and letting it dry completely, I like to press it between some books overnight to flatten it out.
*If you haven't checked out the new FSJ catalog yet, I hope you'll head right there to soak in the beautiful inspiration and fun new products.
*Check out the FSJ blog too, for daily inspiration using NEW products and creative techniques! Plus, Richard Garay and some of my FSJ partners in crafty crime are also sharing some Mystic Romance inspiration this week! Stop by and see Richard, Patricia Roebuck, Michelle Woerner, and Mariana Grigsby.
*And if you're still looking for more, follow me on Pinterest where I pin all sorts of colorful, creative goodness!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed the double dose of Mystic Romance and Liquid Color inspiration! Have a great day!!! xoxo
Supplies from today's cards:
Stitched Dreams Stamp Set SS-0512
Dreams Follow Stamp Set SS-0508
Embroidered Greetings Stamp Set SS-0507
Mystic Romance Prints PP-0047
Color Splash Sheets watercolor paper
Journey Color Splash watercolor pencils