Humming Along Swap Cards

This was my swap card for the Luv2stamp meeting on Sunday. It was a great day of business sharing and make n takes. Since I was making 30 card fronts, it had to be pretty easy. I’m using the Humming Along Stamp set found on page 36 of the Occasions Catalog. It has matching Framelits( I didn’t use them), Hummingbird Framelits (and you can get 10% off if you buy the bundle),

I started with a Gorgeous Grape base, the Shimmery White layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″.

I am using Shimmery White Paper because I’m water coloring. Its the next best thing to Water Color Paper and less expensive, remember I’m making 30. I stamped the flower image along the top and left edges with Memento Black Ink. To color the flowers and leaves I used my Aqua Painter & picked up color using a block and sliding it across the ink pad, (to pick up the ink). I’ve found with the new Ink Pads, its harder to get ink in the lid. This is a nice alternative.

Make sure your Aqua Painter doesn’t have too much water in it when you start to color. I usually have a paper towel next to me so I can blot up any extra water. The beauty of water coloring is it doesn’t have to be perfect. You don’t have to color the whole flower or leaf (or whatever you are coloring). In fact, its kind of messy. I will be the first to admit, my coloring skills are lacking…….but with this “technique” no pressure.

So after I colored the flowers in Highland Heather and the leaves in Mossy Meadow,  I added half a trellis from the Rose Trellis Thinlits. I totally forgot to use the Big Shot Adhesive Sheets, I had them all die cut and when to adhere and ended up using Tombow Liquid Glue. Which wasn’t bad, but it would have been much quicker to use the adhesive sheets. You might notice that not all the bits and pieces fell out after I die cut them. Its ok to leave in some of the pieces. That used to bug me, not so much any longer. Especially since I had 30 cards to make. Once the trellis was adhered I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of Shimmery White Paper and die cut it with the smallest of the new Rectangle Stitched Framelits. Added a couple of Dimensionals and laid it towards the bottom right. Finished off with one of the leaves from the Rose Trellis Thinlits and a double Linen Thread bow. I also used the lid of my Aqua Painter and some of the Highland Heather Ink to splatter some dots. The paper is already shimmery or I would have used my Wink of Stella or Shimmer Paint.

Oops, I just noticed there is a Dimensional back on this last photo……

Now if you wanted to, take it up a notch. You could add a few pearls, or sequins. I didn’t think of it until I had them all in Clear Envelopes, and ready for my swap, I just didn’t have time. My Stamp Gals are going to make this card next month.

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