Hi and welcome back to my blog!
If you saw yesterday’s post about the new release from Picket Fence Studios, you will have an idea of what to expect in this post. It’s all about the Aurora Borealis stamp! It is definitely the star of the show, with some minor roles for the Happy Birthday Word Die, the Life Happens, Lashes Help stamp set and a generous sprinkling of the new Gem Mix Day & Night.
First of I rubbed the stamp with my bare hands to get that brand-new slickness a bit rugged and ready for some ink. You can use an eraser to do this too, or stamp with VersaMark ink before the coloured ink.
First off I had to heat emboss it in gold. I just had to! So I did just that, on a slim line panel of Strathmore Bristol card stock. Then I ink blended some Bee Sting Yellow, Goddess Green, Trinity Teal and Peacock Blue around it, with Life Changing Blender Brushes, to make it look like a night sky with some Northern Lights glowing.
This one was finished off in a quite simple way. I used the Happy Birthday word die directly on top of the heat embossed part, raised it up a little by adding a couple of pieces of black card stock cut out with the shadow part of the die. The actual words were also cut out of black card stock and adhered to the top. Super simple but it packs quite a punch!
My next FOUR cards was done by dabbing Ink On 3 Atelier Inks in Sweet Petunia Pink, Marigold Orange, Bee Sting Yellow, Goddess Green, Trinity Teal and Peacock Blue on to the Aurora Borealis stamp and transferring those to the card bases in various ways.
One was done by spritzing water on top of the ink to activate it and then “print” the ink by pressing water colour card stock down on it. The first one came out SO vivid, but there was still enough ink left to do another one and that one came out almost pastel.
These two I used the Big Hugs word die on, I also used it on white and black card stock to create some contrast and make the colours pop.
This one I finished off with quite a few sequins from the Moonshine mix, and I adhered them using Nuvo Drops in White Blizzard. You might think that’s kind of nuts, but it adds a little bit of sparkle as the sequins are so see-through!
As I ended up with a very bright and colourful Big Hugs from the first of these two, I decided to do a very Clean & Simple card with it. It would be absolute madness to let it go to waste, right??
This one was done by layering up the Big Hugs with a couple of diecuts in white card stock, just so that it wouldn’t be completely flat. Once that was adhered to the card base, I added some clear gems from the Day & Night mix and then stepped away. Ok, so there are quite a few on there but it’s still very CAS for me!
The last completed card was done by both dabbing the ink pads directly onto the stamp, which I had placed on a sheet of acetate for this play session, as well as using the Life Changing Blender Brushes to add colour and smooth out the overlapping lines. When the stamp was covered in ink, I placed a card base directly on top and pressed down evenly and firmly.
It gives a bit of a different look than when you use a MISTI or other stamping tool as it’s more rustic. I do LOVE how it turned out, and once it was dry, I stamped ‘hello beautiful‘ on it with Black Hybrid ink. This sentiment is from Life Happens, Lashes Help.
Unfortunately, I don’t have any more photos of these card and I can’t take any more either as they are currently traveling to the States!
If you want to see the process up close and in a visually better way than my jibber-jabber explaining, hop on over to YouTube and check out the video I made for these.
Well, that’s it for today but yeah.. you guessed it, I will be back tomorrow with more!
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Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica