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Hello, friends and Happy Fall!!! Carisa with you today and I don’t know what it is about this time of the year but it is my absolute favorite season of the year. I feel like it’s just the start of all my favorite things: Sweater Weather, Boots, Cozy fires, Hot Chocolate and yes, Pumpkin Spice allthethings! That’s why when I saw this stamp set, I could not wait to use it for a card. I love all the fun images in it and they are the perfect size for coloring. Creating holiday / seasonal cards is also one of my favorite things.

I started by creating my background by applying this embossing glue through the Blustery Day stencil with a sponge applicator. This method worked beautifully and I love the way it turned out. I used white embossing powder and then Pop Art ink to add color to the background. The ink was a lot lighter once I added water so I added some of the ink direct with a paintbrush in certain areas to create more depth and interest.

Next comes my favorite part of this whole process..Coloring! I inked my stamps with a no line coloring ink that stamps the image in a very faint color on hot press watercolor paper. I knew I wanted to use my Color Hive inks in Grand Canyon and English Mustard as well as Pop Art to do the majority of my coloring of these images. The yellow and rusty brown are absolutely stunning together and I think a pop of teal is the perfect compliment. For the coloring with these inks, I have found that a wet on wet technique is the best way to get a beautiful, seamless blend.

This ended up being my favorite image that I colored. I loved creating the ombre between English Mustard and Grand Canyon. It is so pretty. I also love the detail of Hello Autumn in that beautiful hand lettering on the cup. I did pull in some grey watercolor paint for the foam on the mugs since I wanted to create some depth and dimension but do not have any grey Color Hive inks at the moment.

Since I used 3 of the images from the stamp set to create my focal point and they are all a really good size, I didn’t leave myself any room for the sentiments that came in the stamp set. No problem at all as my favorite paper pack comes to the rescue every time with seasonal and all occasion sentiments that I can cut out and add to any project.

I hope this card inspired you today to try no line coloring with your stamps and inks. If you want to hear more about my technique, feel free to check out my process video below! Thank you so much for stopping by today.