Watercolored Poppies

Today is a distressing day.  No – not emotionally.  Stampingly!  I love the new Distressing Essentials kit.  It has files for getting into skinny places, a sanding block, emery board for edges, a flat stamp to blend the inks and four distressing inks.  I used the Tea Stain and Blue ones for this card.

Watercolored_poppies The distressing is on the embossed Baja Breeze layer, and it's gorgeous!  I loved the way it turned out, and was sorry so much got covered up.  I used a sponge to add the Blue ink and  applied the Tea Stain direct-to-paper.  Then I spritzed with a little water to blend the inks.  The final step was to send it through the Big Shot with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder.

For the poppies, I inked the stamp with Baja Breeze and Poppy Parade markers, then spritzed the stamp with water and stamped on watercolor paper for a "faux watercolor" look.  To add just a little depth, I sponged Baja Breeze on the edges. 

If you see a lot of mistakes in this post, it's because I can barely raise my arms.  Mike bought me a Wii Fit Plus for my birthday, and … well, I can tell I've been doing something!  I'm not sure it's my friend yet; we'll see. 

Here are todays' supplies:
Stamp sets:  Oval All, Upsy Daisy
Ink:  Poppy Parade, Baja Breeze stampin' write markers; Baja Breeze classic
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Poppy Parade, Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze card stock; watercolor paper
Other:  Distressing Essentials kit, linen thread, Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, paper piercing tool, mat pack, stampin' sponges, stampin' dimensional, large and scallop oval punches

Off to run errands!  Still tweaking tomorrow's card.  I like it, but Mike's not too thrilled, so we'll see who wins.

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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