Craft Stamper 'Take It Make It' July challenge started a week ago, and I'm amazed by the number of gorgeous projects the talented crafters have already made and shared with us: Over 40!
If your stamping and paper crafting inspiration needs a bit of wakening, I suggest you hop over to Craft Stamper blog to see a wonderful new collection of inspirational projects from the Design Team.
My inspiration source was a new stamp set by Altenew I received in mail just on time for this project. I love their products! I had seen wonderful flower cards made with their set, so I had to try them out myself, too! I loved the idea of layering stamped images and creating multi-coloured flowers, and with clear polymer stamps aligning the images shouldn't be too hard. True!
For highlighting the beautiful flowers I left the background simple. This time I decided not to 'white wash' the background with acrylic paint (white washing = dabbing paint on the paper and wiping the excess with baby wipes), but to try something else:
The background patterned paper was quite thin, so I started with brushing a thin layer of clear gesso on the paper. Clear gesso is a wonderful media, as it dries transparent leaving the patterns of the paper to show beautifully, but prepares the paper for different kinds of wet media. I wanted to watercolour my background, but as I did not have white watercolours, I simply diluted white paint with water. A thin layer of gesso also prevented the paper from buckling.
I loved the Altenew rose stamps! The designs remind me of flower patterns from the fifties, and for that reason I chose a bit retro style patterned paper for the background. Here's my card:
And remember to play along with our Craft Stamper challenge; there are amazing prizes to be won! You have time until July 29th, so grab your papers and stamps and get creative!
Wishing you a great weekend,