The Birthday girl turned twenty-five!
It’s birthday time again. Already? Wow. Time flew. (Did you know that time flies like an arrow and fruit flies like a banana? Thank you, Grouch Marx)!
So to celebrate I decided to use the Beautiful World stamp set from the Stamp of Approval Beautiful World collection. I absolutely love the flourish in this set – I guess I’m on a flourish kick these days! I went through three versions of this card before I finally made one that I actually like.
A couple of thoughts now that it’s done:
- Working with watercolor paper is a lot harder than I thought. I had to ink the stamp with embossing ink several times to get good coverage, most likely because the paper is so textured.
- I really needed my MISTI (just Google it) in order to get exact placement of the stamp each time that I had to re-ink it. MostIncredibleStampingToolInvented.
- Yes, Virginia, there is, indeed, a difference in embossing powders. I started out just using the embossing ink and black embossing powder, but the brand I had on hand didn’t give me any of the fine details in the image.
- Solution? Stamp with black ink and clear, ultra fine embossing powder. What a difference!!
- I used watercolor paper because I wanted to use my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers – I just kind of dabbed a bit of color here and there and then I spritzed the whole thing with water.
- In case you’re wondering, when I use anything other than a very light card stock to make a card, as above, I always cut a piece of light card stock to adhere to the inside of the card so I can stamp and write visibly.
The birthday card was very well received, thank you very much. The embossing made a huge impression on the birthday girl. Mission accomplished!