Today's Two Cool cards highlight a variation on the Marker Spritz technique from my previous post: Gently Falling Marker Spritz. This time, we are trying out the same thing with Watercolor Wonder Crayons!
Once again, I used the bold maple leaf from the Gently Falling two-step stamp set in the Holiday Mini Catalog. Instead of coloring the rubber stamp with markers, I colored it with Watercolor Wonder Crayons...yes, directly on the stamp!
I used More Mustard, Garden Green and Cajun Craze crayon colors to cover the entire image, then I misted very lightly with a couple spritzes of water. Even though the water-soluble color goes on dry, the moisture from the mist allows you to transfer the image to paper.
When you compare the Marker Spritz vs. Watercolor Crayon Spritz, you'll find that the misted crayon stamped image comes out much lighter than the marker image. It's just a different, more subtle look.
I used a VersaMark marker (after stamping) to color over the entire leaf in order to clear heat emboss it. I love the glossy look it gives the leaf.
At first glance, you may think the leaf is stamped on a circle-punched piece, but it's all on the same layer. I used a technique called Spotlight Masking. I punched a 2-1/2" Circle Punch out of cardstock (or use a Post-It), added a dab of repositionable Dotto adhesive, then covered my stamped image.
Then, I stamped the French Filigree background stamp over the top in Sahara Sand. I finished by sponging more Sahara Sand in a tiny circular motion all around the edges of the circle punch.
Lift up the mask and you've got a cool, faux spotlight! Sweet!
I tried to mix it up a bit with my texture embossed backgrounds. Each card features two different textures on four rectangles. I added some VersaMark to the textures of the first card to bring out the dimension a little more. Click to enlarge the photos to better see these subtle, raised backgrounds.
Complete Supplies List:
- Stamps—Gently Falling, French Filigree, Teeny Tiny Wishes
- Ink—VersaMark Ink, Always Artichoke, Sahara Sand Classic Ink, VersaMark marker
- Paper—Cajun Craze, More Mustard and Whisper White card stock,
- Accessories—Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Clear Embossing Powder
- Tools—Water mister bottle, Sponges, Heat Tool, 2-1/2" Circle Punch, Modern Label Punch, Houndstooth Impressions Folder, Perfect Polka Dots Impressions Folder, Square Lattice Impressions Folder, Big Shot, Dotto, Dimensionals, SNAIL
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Too Cool Moment: Yesterday, I came across a wonderfully inspiring phrase in my latest favorite self-improvement book: Steering By Starlight, by Martha Beck. She says that in order to find your true purpose in life (your North Star, as she calls it), you should always try to do what feels "most delicious."
Mmmm. Delicious! That's a word I don't typically associate with tasks on my To Do List. How interesting! In this context, delicious is something you can't wait to taste, something you fully savor while your tasting it, and when you're done, you're looking forward to the next time you can experience it. A post on the 7-Layer Living blog talks about living a delicious life in more detail. Yum!
Stamping is certainly one of my most delicious moments! What are yours?
Wishing you a day that is most delicious!