Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A Foggy Day in London Town

Hi Everyone!

I'm here with a little late evening post for you because I just couldn't wait to share this new card with you!  Now, as I am sure many of you are aware, Hero Arts has just released a whole line of brand new stamps! Yay!! I love me some new stamps. I also found a new stamp store in town yesterday so I bought a couple of those new stamps along with some new distress inks. I couldn't wait to get home and start playing with them. Unfortunately, Mommy duties called and I wasn't able to do anything until today. I was very excited to try some new distress techniques. I was especially intrigued by the idea of embossing and water coloring together. So, I started with a Peeled Paint Card base and cut a piece of watercolor paper to 5 1/4 x 4. I embossed the new Hero Arts Cling stamp with versa mark and black embossing paper. Then I put some Aged Mahogany, Pumice Stone, and Peeled Paint on my craft sheet and then spritz it with some water before swiping the paper through it. I played around a bit more with it until I got the background the way I wanted it, then I heated it with my heat gun quickly just to dry it. I used my ink blending tool to add some colors to the edges. I went back with a bit of white craft ink in various places along the background. The effects don't show up as well in the picture; but in real life it gives it a "Foggy" type of look, which is actually pretty cool! The panel on the left side was original PTI cream; but I thought it was a little bit too much of a stark bright contrast. So I took my ink blending tool with a bit of Pumice Stone and just lightly went over the piece to tone it down a bit. I used Aged Mahogany, and Peeled Paint inks to change the original white flowers. The sentiment is from Stampin Up. I added the black twine before attaching the panel with some dimensional adhesives.
I had so much fun playing with my new stamp. I can just see lots and lots of uses for this. I know there are two similar sets featuring scenes from Italy and Paris; and I'm pretty sure those are going to be added to my collection soon! I've seen a lot of people use the Paris theme stamp; but I wanted to be a little different, so I opted to purchase the London background instead.

Enjoy your evening and I'll see y'all again tomorrow for day 19 of the 25 Days of Christmas. Be sure to check out Day 18 which I posted earlier today

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