Welcome to Day 1 of theTropically Yours Stamp of Approval Blog Hop! This Collection is full of summery fun - tropical images, fabulous hand-lettered sentiments and some cool geometric dies.
You should have come from Allison's blog (full blog list below with details about how to win!).
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Stamps: Fearless Pursuit
Ink: Coral Cabana, Limoncello, Tiki Torch, Midnight
Paper: White, Midnight
This is an amazing sentiment - full of energy, encouragement and (literally!) fire. It's big enough to be the centrepiece of the card, so I let it stand alone without much adornment. But I did have fun making this 'dimensional' background with one triangle stamp and 3 colours of ink. Once you figure out the pattern, it's not difficult to do. I started with the Coral Cabana triangles, and then filled in the other colours. If you look very closely, you can see some overlapping stamping and some small white gaps, but overall, the pattern holds and provides a sunny, 3D look behind the sentiment.
Stamps: Fearless Pursuit, Good Vibes Borders, Leave Me in Paradise
Ink: Coral Cabana, Limoncello, Melon Ice, Garden Party, Midnight
Paper: White, Midnight
Accessories: Matching Dies
This is another wonderful hand-lettered sentiment from Fearless Pursuit. I knew I wanted the Vibe and Tribe to be really stand out, but I could also see that it might be tricky to mask it - especially where the Y from Your hangs into the V from Vibe. So here are the steps I took to get this look:
- Place the stamp on the stamp positioner.
- Stamp it once in limoncello on a post it note - this will be the mask
- Cut out 'Vibe' and 'Tribe', very close the edges of the letters.
- Ink the stamp with Limoncello ink, focussing on the Vibe and Tribe areas. Stamp it onto your panel
- Use the rock-n-roll technique with Coral Cabana ink, again focusing on the Vibe and Tribe. Stamp it onto your panel
- Place the Vibe and Tribe masks you created onto the panel, right over the words.
- Ink up the stamp with Midnight, focusing the ink on Your and Attracts Your. Stamp it on the panel.
- Remove the mask and be amazed!
It was slightly fiddly, but not difficult at all.
I stamped the bold border twice with Midnight, lining it up to create the square pattern. All the border stamps fit into themselves so you can stamp them multiple times (with multiple colours, if you want) to create fun backgrounds. This set is going to become a go-to basic!
I stamped and die cut one of the leaves from Leave Me in Paradise as another fun pop of colour.
Stamps: Fearless Pursuit, Stand Tall, Canvas Grunge Background
Ink: Limoncello, Tiki Torch, Lime Rickey, Eucalyptus, Over Coffee, It's a Boy, Aquatini, Shea Butter
Paper: Watercolour Cardstock (Ranger), Sand Dunes
I love this faux-watercolour technique - it's just as easy as stamping, but gives a very realistic watercolour look. The trees and the sun each have two pieces. One at a time, I put each stamp on my stamp positioner, inked it with the appropriate colour and spritzed it with water before pressing it down onto my panel. Once it was dry, I hand painted (but it's all straight lines, so it's very easy to do!) the sky (It's a Boy with lots of water), the ocean (Aquatini) and the sand (Over Coffee and Shea Butter). Finally, I stamped the sentiment with second-generation Over Coffee Ink.
For my card base, I used the Canvas Grunge Background in Over Coffee ink on Sand Dunes cardstock. I love how my little scene now looks like a post card on a cork board!
That's it from me for today - now be sure to hop to everyone's blog and comment for your chance to win! (There are 2 more days of blog hops to come, lots of inspiration to see and lots of chances to win!)
THREE commenters will be chosen at random from all the comments on all the blogs (one each day) to win the Stamp of Approval Collection! If the winner has already purchased their collection, they will receive a $100 gift certificate.
Entries will close on Friday, July 20 and will be announced on Catherine's blog.