Looking Sharp

Meet "Looking Sharp".

These stamps by Woodware, Creative Expressions are always too cute to pass up. This Heart Cactus is one of those "must have" stamps for me.
I buy the majority of my products from Scrap'n Stamp, and when the owner "Raya" told me you could watercolour with Sakura Stardust pens I was like "say what"?

Yes, I had to try it. So using distress ink in Antique Linen I stamp the image on Arches cold press watercolour paper. This would also look beautiful using Fabriano Hot Press watercolour paper.
On the lines left from the stamping I applied the ink from the pen that I was using, then with a waterbrush pulled the colour out. Applying the inks directly on the lines gives the appearance of no line watercolouring.

I did this will all of the colours, except for the little heart on the mug, and three hearts to the right from the stencil. In those cases I pulled the colour in to cover the whole area.

To change the colour of the green I first put down the blue pen, then drew over it with the yellow pen, giving me a richer green to colour with. When all the colouring was done I fussy cut the piece.
Once I was finished with the colouring, on my Neenah card base I added the stencil work using distress oxide ink in Kitsch Flamingo. Taping off the stamp, in my mini Misti I inked up just the cacti using VersaFine Clair Green Oasis ink and stamped the impression in place.

To the base I added the Cactus with foam squares, being sure to line up the spikes for the Cacti, then stamped the sentiment using the Glamourous ink.
I have to say, this was so much fun to do, and using my stash for more than the intended use is the best part. I did another card using this technique which I will share with you tomorrow.

I hope you have enjoyed this card today, and I would like to thank Raya for telling me about this technique, you are the best, and I would never have even considered it.

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xoxo, Kia