The below post is featured on the Gerda Steiner Designs Blog today
It’s Lesley Oman again, from Hungry Heffy Crafts, and I am delighted to be back with another guest designer post for Gerda Steiner Designs! This time I am working with the sweet Fall Mice stamp set – aren’t they adorable!
I figured that Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and so I was inspired to use soft, romantic colours, and I wanted my card to have a love theme! Lucky for me, the stamp set has a great greeting which says Sending You Love and Blessings, which was perfect for this card.
I wanted to create a soft, romantic background, so I grabbed a large text print stamp from my stash and clear heat embossed the image onto some watercolour cardstock. I used some post-it tape as a mask along the crease to make sure the back of my card stays clean. Next I used a few distress inks to blend some colour over the top of my embossed image- with soft Spun Sugar at the top blending into Picked Raspberry, and then a Shaded Lilac at the bottom. I had to work this pretty hard, but I got there in the end!
Next I stamped two sweet mice from the Fall Mice stamp set from Gerda Steiner Designs onto watercolour cardstock, and painted these with my watercolour paint. I used the wet on wet technique to build up some soft, blended colours then I used my heat tool to dry the paint completely, before adding some shadows. Next I created my own watercolored heart – using a heart die as a guide. This is for my mouse to hold behind his back. Aren’t they adorable!?
To create a panel for my greeting, I used a scalloped rectangle die, but by running it through my cuttlebug machine a couple of times, I was able to create a uniquely sized rectangle that was just the right size! I stamped and heat embossed the greeting from the stamp set on the white panel, and then added a touch of spun sugar distress ink to give it a pop of subtle colour.
To create some contrast on the card, I wanted to add a frame using some dark grey cardstock but unfortunately I only had scraps left over. I didn’t let that stop me though – I simply cut the frame in two parts, and then stuck these to the card, hiding the join behind the scalloped rectangle panel.
I also mounted the watercolour heart on the same grey cardstock so it had a nice frame, and then stuck my card all together. To finish, I darkened the eyes with a little sakura glaze pen, and added a sweet wooden heart and some adhesive pearls!
Thank you so much for joining me again. I had such fun playing with these stamps, and I am sure you will too.
Gerda Steiner Designs FALL MICE Clear Stamp Set https://goo.gl/jc0Ksi
Hero Arts Clings Stamp – Friend Definition Background http://amzn.to/2kQvU1q
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad SPUN SUGAR https://goo.gl/QP4ES8
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PICKED RASPBERRY https://goo.gl/cm9fp7
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad SHADED LILAC https://goo.gl/tDOiwj
Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS https://goo.gl/0YXc2c
Memento TUXEDO BLACK INK PAD https://goo.gl/wRtTLG
Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor Set http://amzn.to/2kUHuYy