Socially distant greeting, stampers! So happy to have you here again for some Social Stamping. I missed last week’s fun because I was in a pool of misery on the couch with a sinus infection. So I’m particularly pleased to be back on deck, as it were, for tonight’s blog hop.
This week’s theme is “thinking of you”. You can read more about Social Stamping, the theme this week, and see a master list of all the participants, by checking out Kelly’s post here.
This seems like an entirely too appropriate theme at the moment. I’m a little prone to overthinking at the best of times, and the not-the-best-of-times we find ourselves in right now certainly lends itself to overthinking. The historian in me loves to consume as much history as it is happening as is possible – I keep telling my eldest daughter Heather (who is a budding history buff herself) that this is a time that will be scrutinized and studied an awful lot in the future, and she will be one of the custodians of these stories. We need to record and understand as much of what is going on now as we can. I read something the other day that said how historians of the future will have to decide which half of 2020 they will specialise in. It certainly does seem like there is an awful lot of historic significance going on this year, and we’re only just about halfway through it!!
To combat all that heavy thinking, I wanted my project for this week to be light and peaceful. I almost shared the memory keeping spreads on the Black Lives Matters protests that I have been making, but we certainly haven’t reached the end of that story yet, so I’ll save those for later. My card is much happier, I promise!
This week I finally got my paws on all of the new paper collections from the Stampin’ Up! 2020-21 Annual Catalogue and my unexpected favourite is Playing With Patterns. It reads like a weird colour combination on the description, but in person, it just works so well. So bright, and fun, and happy, and perfect patterns for backgrounds, like on my card this week. I chose this fabulous stripe and then picked colours out of that for the rest of the design.
I was super pleased to see the Beautiful Moments stamp set carry over into the new catalogue, especially as it is only a recent acquisition for me. The images are lovely either simply stamped on their own in black, or coloured in with whatever medium you choose.
I chose this time to stamp it in Stayz-On ink on watercolour paper (always use the Stamparatus when stamping onto watercolour paper so you can stamp a few times to really get a good impression on the textured paper). I then coloured the image with an Aqua Painter and ink pads, the main colours being Highland Heather, Granny Apple Green, and Terracotta Tile.
I cut the image out using a stitched rectangle die – two, in fact, so that I had a frame of the watercolour paper as well. I originally just layered the frame and stamped panel together, but thought it needed just a little more. Digging through my stash of scrap paper, actually looking for some Terracotta Tile or Calypso Coral, I found this panel of Rococo Rose mixed with alcohol and shimmer paint I made ages ago. I thought the colour and the little pop of sparkle could work well, so cut another frame from that. Layering the two frames with the stamped panel looked much better to me.
I also used a little scrap of the DSP on the inside of the card and added a little stamping as well. The base card is Highland Heather – for someone who doesn’t like purple very much I seem to be making a lot of purple cards of late!
My final touches were to add the Thinking of You sentiment from Beautiful Moments, and then to ink the edges of the stamped panel slightly with some Crushed Curry ink. It was looking a little too stark and white before I did this. I had actually stuck the whole lot down before I decided to do this, but by using some scrap paper to cover the rest of the card and a very small blender brush to lightly ink the edges I managed to avoid an inky disaster.
Next up this week is my lovely friend Sheila, who is a super thoughtful person as well as a fabulous crafter, so I can’t wait to see what she’s created.
Thanks for stopping by,
take care of yourselves, everyone (I recommend stamp therapy and plenty of it).