Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Stamp Review Crew: Wetlands

Welcome to another Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  We share our take on a selected stamp set every first and third Monday.  Today will investigate the fun, natural and even masculine set Wetlands.  If you are hopping around in a circle, you have just come from Rita's blog.  Rita has such a clean, fun style!

Wetlands has such wonderful images for all sorts of background techniques.  I've done some brayering with the sand piper images in the past, and last month for the Watercolor Wonder class, we used the watercolor wash technique.

After stamping the image, brush on two or three watered-down refill colors for each segment of the image (sand, water, sky).  When you are happy, use a Stampin' Spritzer to spray water on the image and let the colors blend.  You can go back and add more color and spritz more, as desired.  I did use a post-it note to mask off the skyline for a crisper line.

Stamps: Wetlands; Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Modern Medley DSP, Watercolor paper; Ink: Black Stazon, Crisp Cantaloupe, Soft Sky, Pool Party, Marina Mist, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo, Crushed Curry, Crumb Cake reinkers; Accessories: Linen thread, White gel pen, Aquapainter, Stampin' Spritzer.

I changed up and remade a past card, although I am not sure I shared it back then.  It uses the Bordered Sentiment technique.

I won't lie to you; this simple layered card isn't easy to get right.  It took my five tries before I was happy.  But that being said, I love the clean look.
  • To guarantee no ink smearing, use Black Stazon ink and give a moment to dry between stamp images.
  • Stamp-a-ma-jig is a must!
  • Temporarily adhere your panel to grid paper when drawing the bordered sentiment lines with a ruler
  • Be very careful to not pick up stray ink marks on your stamp edge or ruler.
Stamps: Wetlands, Summer Silhouettes; Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White; Ink: Black Stazon, Basic Black marker; Accessories: Stamp-a-ma-jig!

Make sure you check out the next stop to see what creative and fun goodies Nancy at iguanastamp put together with the set.

ETA: You may experience some inconsistent ability to get to some of the links. TypePad is having issues and some of our blogger's posts will be available for a short time, then "crash" again. We are very sorry for the inconvenience.  Please visit the Stamp Review Crew landing page to continue on.
 
 

14 comments:

Dawn Tidd said...

What a duo! I love how you've used the black and white, absolutely awesome idea. Your water coloring is beautiful!

Betty said...

Both are just lovely Heidi. The blend of watercolors is beautiful. I have to say I am in awe of the perfect detail in the second-- you have a very steady hand and great patience to do that!

Nancy Smith said...

Two great cards! I especially like the second. The black and white is so striking.

Carol Carriveau said...

Wonderful colors on the first card and love the plain and simple second card....one of my favorite sets and each of you has done a wonderful job on your projects/cards!

Rita Wright said...

I love both projects! The layout of the first one is fabulous and the crispness of second is just stunning.

WebDeb said...

Your B&W card is absolutely amazing!

Wendy Weixler said...

BOTH cards are beautiful!! The watercolored background is so subtle and beautiful, and the black and white one is striking and amazing!! Nicely done!

Deb said...

Both cards are stunning! Love the watercolored scene! WOW! You can never go wrong with black and white! So classy and elegant! Love them!!

Lisa Young said...

Wow! As always :) I love black and white/vanilla so I really like how you trimmed the paper on the first card and created the borders. And the second card looks so simple but I will take your word for it that it wasn't . lol. It is beautiful - that is for sure!

Tanya Boser said...

Wowsa, the detail and beauty of the watercoloring on your first card is amazing. The stamping on the bottom strip in the second card is so fantastic, I thought it was DSP!

Cindy Beach said...

Wow, these cards are fabulous designs, Heidi!
Love your bold black accents and the beautiful details in the watercolor scene. Your work is so inspiring!

rubberredneck said...

Cool cards, great designs too!

Kim P said...

Wow...that beach scene is spectacular. Time to pull out some water-coloring tools!

Jill Coleman said...

Love both of your cards Heidi! Both clean and simple and beautiful! Love the coloring on the first with the chevron strip accents. Great pop! And the black and white on the second is so classy!