Today’s blog post is a bit of a wrap-up of my first ever facebook live crafting session! I got roped into doing this over in the Stamp Nation Facebook group, which is all about Catherine Pooler goodies. Our challenge was to use cover plates in different ways, and this is probably what convinced me, as I love cover plates!
I picked ink smooshing for my technique and the cover plate I’ve used is Petal Connection. I’ve also stuck to my favourite colour combinations by using Limoncello, Tiara, Melon Ice, Garden Party, Lime Rickey, All That Jazz and Daydream.
To do the smooshing itself, I dabbed the ink pads in fat lines, slightly overlapping each other, on my work mat. Then I used a spritzer to spray them with water to activate the inks. I dabbed Ranger water colour card stock in the inky puddles and made some magic. I was only going to do one or two, but ended up making about seven backgrounds in total. Yep, once I get on a roll, that’s it.
Cleanup was easy thanks to the Picket Fence Stamp Scrubber, that I keep wet at all times. A quick sweep with this and then wipe your table dry with a towel. To speed up the drying part, I used my dual heat setting heat tool from WOW! Embossing.
For finishing touches to the cards I stamped up some different sentiments from the Magnetic Messages stamp set. I used my brand new Hero Arts black Mini MISTI for this, and Blackout Ink from Inkon3 as well as Daydream, so they wouldn’t be totally black.
I also stamped up loads of leaves from the Leave Me In Paradise stamp set. To keep things cohesive, I’ve used the same ink colours on the leaves as I did for the backgrounds.
I used a couple of different shades of each colour for the leaves to give them some depth and texture.
The coordinating diecuts for the leaves make it a piece of cake to get them cut out, thank goodness. Not a fan of fussy cutting, me.
I do really like how the texture of the Ranger water colour card stock adds a little something to the backgrounds. The colours don’t go on smooth and evenly, I like that a lot. Unless you use the smooth side, that is.
I’ve added all the backgrounds to white card bases, made of Neenah card stock. When I have water colour card stock backgrounds, I use old school glue sticks to stick them down, because I’ve not found any other adhesive that really does the trick.
For some of the sentiment pieces and leaves, I used foam tape and the others I used glue to get them flat. It’s nice to do some of them slightly different, isn’t it?
I also have a cover plate from Catherine Pooler to give away! All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post, and if you leave one on my saved live video too, that counts as another entry. Here is the link to the Stamp Nation Facebook group but you might need to ask to join, before you can comment on the video. You will have until March 31st, 12pm Madrid time, CET zone.
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Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you like the cards and good luck with the giveaway!
Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica
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