Today’s card ended up being one of my favorites from my craft room. I wanted to use a stamp set that I have not inked yet. So I choose the Love, Hope, Strength a Maker Forte in collaboration with Varada Sharma. To be completely honest, I was intimated by this set. Why? I am not the best with florals. However, I am trying to use more and step out of my comfort zone. Also, I am not always confident with solid stamps. Sometimes you have to take a chance and just go for it. For example, I went all out and even used an Acrylic Block instead of my Misti this time.

To Start:

I took a piece of water color paper and the solid image for the biggest floral image and inked it up with Tip Tree Jam ink. I stamped it down and low and behold, I did not get a perfect image, but I had an idea. Next, I did a second generation stamping before inking the stamp again and repeating. Once I filled the panel with several Tip Tree Jam flowers, I took my water mister and sprayed the front of my card panel. Because the Color Hive ink is water reactive, I saw results instantly. After cleaning off my stamp, I inked it up with Rah Rah Skirt. Next, I stamped the image over lapping the images already on my panel. Because my panel was slightly damp, the ink moved slightly and I let it just go where it wanted to.

To finish my panel:

To fill in the rest of the white spaces, I used the solid smaller flower in the same Rah Rah ink. Next, I took the outline for the big stamp and stamped it over the Tip Tree Jam flowers with Remarkable Eclipse Black Ink. I followed that with the smaller flower in the center. Then, I used the center of the flower stamp with Eclipse as well. Each time I used an acrylic block to stamp my images. I love how you can get a clean image with the Remarkable Eclipse Black ink, the first time you stamp.

Here, I did discover a mistake:

My acrylic block did not go straight down in the center of one of one of the flowers. This left a skewed image that I was not happy with. However, not to worry Sugar Sparkle Glitter to the rescue. First, I used a liquid glue pen to scribble over the center of all of my flowers. Next, I sprinkled Black Hole Holographic Sugar Sparkle Glitter over the wet glue. After I poured off the extra and returned it to the container; I gently tapped my cardbase upside down over my garbage to knock off any loose glitter.

For the Sentiment:

I chose the Happy Birthday from Easy Watercolor stamp set. For this, I used my Misti to stamp my image. I knew I would have to stamp it twice because of the texture on the watercolor paper. Next I used as A2 sized stitched rectangle die to cut down my panel. To finish my card, I attached the panel to a white A2 card base. Because I used water and my panel was slightly warped, I sent my Misti on top to hold my panel and base together until the glue dried.

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