Heart to Heart with Simon Says Stamp
Hello everyone! I have another 'scheduled' post for you while I am on holiday with the beautiful background stamp, Heart to Heart. I enjoy working with background stamps ... so many fun techniques and mediums can be used to create cards that give each one a unique look even though the same stamp was used.
When stamping with large rubber stamps, I simply lay my stamp on my surface. These stamps adhere well to smooth surfaces and do not slip. I inked the stamp WELL with Versamark ink and laid a 4 1/4" by 5 ½" panel of Fabriano water colour paper on the stamp. I am very careful not to shift the paper! I hold one side in place while applying pressure on the other side and vice versa. I do take care to ensure pressure has been applied to the entire panel. I know I have only one shot at this when I choose not to use a stamping platform! WOW! Metallic Gold Rich embossing powder is applied to the panel and melted with a preheated heat tool.
The heart background was painted using Zig markers. I created a swatch with the colours I had chosen for this background to make sure I would be happy with the final result. I selected Light Blue, Cobalt Blue, Turquoise Green, and Marine Green ... a range of blues to blue greens with varying intensities. I started with Light Blue randomly selecting hearts to paint but making sure the colour was evenly distributed across the panel. I placed my colour on the outside edges of each heart drawing the colour to the middle with water to create a highlight. Initially I worked with a water brush but soon changed over to a number 8 paint brush! The paint brush was much easier to work with ... particularly on the larger hearts. After I finished with the Light Blue, I painted with each of the remaining colours, one at a time, from lightest to darkest.
For the sentiment, I used Simon Says Stamp's Hello Crafty Friend wafer die. This set includes both a script and shadow die. I began by using the same Zig pens used on the background to create a gradient of colour on Bristol Smooth card stock. The script was die cut from this when the panel was completely dry. The shadow die was cut from Neenah Solar White 110lb card stock. I applied Tombow glue to the script die and let it dry. The glue is tacky and I am able to position the diecut on the shadow background and make adjustments.
The heart background panel was die cut using the 4th smallest Simon Says Stamp Thin Circle Frames. This die was also used to cut out a foam background for the circle cut out and a matte gold frame. Because the frame is very fine, I find it is easier to work with if it is taped to the background panel before adhering it to the Neenah Solar White 110lb card base. I then attached the circle cut out to the foam. I had to do a bit of trimming. I find some times, but not always, the foam can stretch when it is run through the die cutter. Why the inconsistency? My foam is always the same brand! Lining up the hearts, the raised circle is adhered to the card base and the sentiment attached. Voila! Finis!
Simon Says Stamp: Heart to Heart Background, Hello Crafty Friend Wafer Die, Thin Circle Frames
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens; Light Blue, Cobalt Blue, Turquoise Green, Marine Green
Fabriano Blocco Per Artisti
Neenah Solar White 110lb card stock
Strathmore Bristol Smooth card stock
WOW! Metallic Gold Rich Embossing Powder