I love the crisp, clean look of Memory Box Company stamps and papers! Rather than sharing four birds with you on this fourth day of Christmas I opted to use four hearts instead :-D Hopefully this post will help you get a jump start on your Valentine's projects - there are some basic stamping techniques, as well as a couple of fun little experiments.
The color scheme for today's post was selected from the latest Memory Box paper collection - Pixie. I am absolutely loving the diversity in this collection and had fun using it to inspire this collection.
One of the first techniques I learned as a stamper was to use a water-based marker to color my stamped image. You can read more about this technique in Julia's Back to the Basics post here.
As I looked through the Pixie pack of papers I was struck by the paper shown in the picture below. For some strange reason I was inspired to try stripes on this gorgeous heart. I simply selected four different Copic markers and added strips of color to the heart as shown above. I was thrilled to see that the ink from the Memento markers did not bleed at all when I used the Copic markers over the top of the image.
I then cut the heart out and mounted it back on Solar White Neenah and cut it out again.
To complete the look I used some of our silk ribbon, along with some of our thank you ribbon and added the word "love," also inked with the Memento Marker.
The next technique was inspired by Jennifer McGuire. I believe that I saw a video that she did on the Hero Arts blog. In that video she used the Distress Ink pads together with White Opal Liquid Pearls. It dawned on me that if you could do this with Distress Ink, why not try it with Memento Markers.
I colored on my non-stick craft sheet and added a drop of White Opal Liquid Pearls.
Next I misted it with water and then used a Studio paint brush to mix the color as shown above.
To "ink" the stamp I simply stamped in the pearly paint as shown.
As you can see the stamp simply glistened.
The results are stunning!
For the next image I experimented with a combination of the above techniques. First I inked the stamp with my marker, I then painted over the flower centers and the solid flowers using my White Opal and marker paint mixture.
I added even greater contrast to the solid flowers by using Copic markers (R46 and a Colorless Blender) to add depth to the pink flowers. Next I added yellow (Y00 and Y15) to the flowers so that they would coordinate with the delicious plaid included in the Pixie collection.
Yellow silk ribbon and a Mitten Weather button were the finishing touches on this card.
The fourth card went back to simple embossing. To add some zip to the overall look I selected four different colors of cardstock that coordinated with the Pixie collection. I secured these squares to a Solar White base, used an anti-static puff to wipe the surface, stamped the image using Distress Embossing ink and heat embossed with White Opaque embossing powder. Color blocking is hot... give it a try on one of your next projects and then upload it to our new gallery!!!
accessories: White Opal Liquid Pearls, Mini Mister, Studio Brush, Pink Tiny Type Stickers, Fuchsia and Yellow Silk Ribbon, Buttons, Opaque White Embossing Powder, Puff Static Away
On the fourth day of Christmas my goodie box could be...
- one Leaf Canopy stamp,
- one Adore Peony Collage stamp,
- one Daphne Heart stamp,
- and a Memory Box Company Color Sampler
To participate in this random drawing please leave your answer to the following question as a comment to this post. Please limit yourself to one comment only for each goodie package. The last day to submit a comment to this post will be January 6th at Midnight. We will post the winners (which will be drawn using a Random Number Generator) for all twelve days on January 7th.
Today's question centers around our new gallery. We would love to have you join us there. Do you like to participate in challenges and if so what types of challenges would you like see us host?
Remember to visit the following 12 Days of Christmas blog candy drawings --- be certain to post a comment to the question on each individual post to be included in that drawing!