Just in case you haven’t decided you need the new stamp positioner from Stampin’ Up! – the Stamparatus – here’s another reason.
I decided to do a little watercoloring with the retiring Birthday Blooms Stamp Set, Stampin’ Write Markers, and the Stamparatus.
First, place the cardstock in the stamparatus. I like to place mine in the corner, but you don’t have to; you can place it anywhere, because those magnets are strong. (Remember – keep them away from each other, because they will snap together if they’re close. Not only can they break, they can pinch your fingers. Trust me on this – it hurts!) Position your stamp on the card stock, then close the Stamparatus lid to adhere the stamp to the plate.
I started with a Mango Melody Stampin’ Write Marker and colored some areas of the rose, mostly the buds and the tops of the main flower. Spritz the stamp after adding the marker color, then close over the card stock. Repeat with other colors. I used Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, and Cajun Craze. Try to use different inks on different areas; you don’t want to just pile colors over the same places. I spritzed and stamped every time I changed colors. If you add the colors one at a time instead of coloring all of the stamp all at once, you won’t get a muddy mess when you spritz.
When I was ready for the leaves, I cleaned and dried the stamp with a cloth. You can also use a baby wipe or a damp paper towel. Just do not remove it from the Stamparatus! Then I used Granny Apple Green and Old Olive for leaves, again, inking the stamp, spritzing, and stamping one color at a time. Continue this process until you’re happy with the results.
I actually liked the image better before I colored the petals and leaves with an Aqua Painter and more ink, but I’m happy with this one as well. I was going to use the “out of the box” technique. I marked the areas where the die would be, and snipped out the parts of the image that were “out of the box” – or “oval,” I guess, since I was using the Layering Ovals Framelits. Sadly, I snipped too much, and when I die-cut the oval, it looked very strange, so I simply fussy cut the rest of the flower (or, at least, most of it).
I used the Eclectic Layers Framelits to add the trellis, then embossed the Mango Melody layer with the Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I adhered the Mango Melody layer to a Granny Apple Green card base, then added the flower with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Of course, Mango Melody and Granny Apple Green will not be available until June in the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. But there are other gorgeous colors you can substitute now if you don’t want to wait – like Peekaboo Peach and Lemon Lime Twist.
I used the Celebrate You Thinlits Dies to diecut the sentiment from Pumpkin Pie Cardstock, then added it to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals as well. This thinlit set was a Sale-a-bration offering, but will be back in the new 2018-19 Annual Catalog in June.
This card reminds me of the song, “‘Tis the Last Rose of Summer.” It’s a little faded, but I do like it.
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!