Thursday, August 21, 2014

Gift Giving

The birthday celebration is continuing over on the Little Tangles Blog with the new theme of creating a gift. I decided to create a card set using THIS new fabulous stamp from Neat and Tangled....
I decided to use Distress Inks with the stamp to create a watercolor look. Here's a closer look at one of the cards...

Here's how I created each card:
1. I started out with 2 or 3 Distress Inks in each color family. 
2. I inked up the stamp with the inks going from lightest to darkest, creating an ombre effect. 
3. I spritzed them lightly with water before stamping onto some watercolor cardstock. (Apply more water for a messier watercolor look. I didn't want the colors on mine to run a lot, so I used less water.)
4. Choose a greeting from THIS stamp set for each card and stamp it in black ink.
5. Cut out each greeting and attach it to the card along with a few black sequins.
6.Trim down the side of each cardstock piece slightly and attach to a coordinating color of note card. ( I used Hero Arts note cards.)
7. Package up all the cards along with some coordinating envelopes, pen, and stamps in a clear box....

Here are the ink combos I used for each card...
Red- Worn Lipstick, Barn Door, and Festive Berries
Yellow- Scattered Straw and Wild Honey
Green- Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn, and Peeled Paint
Blue- Tumbled Glass, Broken China, and Peacock Feathers
Purple-Chipped Sapphire and Dusty Concord

Speaking of gift giving, I recently purchased one of THESE stamps for all of the design team members on the Little Tangles Blog. I had to purchase one for myself as well. ;) I love this custom stamp and use it on the back of my cards...
I created a thank you card to go along with it to tell the ladies what a great job they're doing...
I used the Everyday Labels on these cards as well but in a completely different way. I heat embossed the greeting in white and added some watercolor on top. 

I hope this inspires you to participate in the gift giving challenge HERE. Thanks so much for stopping by! 

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