Life Is Beautiful
Looking at the photos in my blog media, it’s obvious that my favorite stamp set from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog is Beautiful You. There are so many things about the set that I love – the sayings, the images, the style, and more. Oh, and add in the fact that it can be watercolored. Love! When I saw the catalog at OnStage in November, I knew I wanted it. It was the first “Prize Patrol” set given away, and I won it! I was so excited, and it’s the first thing I inked up when I got home.
I wanted to do something a little different, and I can’t take credit for the idea behind this one.
Doesn’t it look like she’s dancing on the beach in the moonlight? I embossed her with Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder. No, we don’t carry that any more – but I’m thinking it will come back soon. From some of the scuttlebutt I’ve heard, there were some issues with it, so it was pulled from the line. If you have some left, or if you stocked up when we found out it would be retiring, good for you! If not – there’s a “work around.” Simply ink your stamp in Versamark, then – before stamping – ink it again in Basic Black Archival Ink. Then stamp and emboss with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Easy! If you’re squeamish about using a Versamark inked stamp in your Archival or Classic Stampin’ Pads, simply use a stamp positioner – like the Stamp-a-ma-jig. Stamp on cardstock with Versamark; clean the stamp, then ink and stamp again in black ink using the positioner for correct placement.
After I had heated the embossing powder, I used bleach to paint the inside of the girl’s dress and hat, as well as her arms and legs. Ok – I painted the entire image with bleach. This is why I embossed the image. First, the embossing acts like a little fence to help keep the bleach from running off and bleaching something you don’t want bleached. Second, if you bleach a stamped image, the stamped lines will also bleach out, leaving you with a big blob.
Because I stamped on Basic Gray Cardstock, she didn’t bleach as white as I wanted. I tried using a Whisper White Watercolor Pencil as well as Whisper White Craft Ink with a blender pen, but neither worked really well. The bleach destroyed the fibers in the cardstock, and it kept pilling. So – back to the idea from the originator. I grabbed some white acrylic paint and colored in the dress and hat, then added some “swooshes” around her. The paint covered the lines of her dress, So I added those back in with a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker. Easy!
The white “swooshes” looked a little bright, so I sponged those with some Night of Navy ink. And, of course, the sentiment is stamped and embossed in Whisper White.
I was going to add some embellishments to this, but I kind of like the simplicity of it. It echoes the mood of our dancing girl – just enjoy the simple things!
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a wonderful day!