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Watercolored Ornaments

Hello friends! Happy Monday. Emily here today with a watercolored card that might give you some ideas on how to stretch your stamps. 

So, I received the Winter Sparkle set and immediately had visions of floating ornaments. The only problem was that, well, in my head the floating ornaments were solid with lots of shading and dimension, while the ornaments in the set had beautiful sentiments inlaid into the interior of the ornaments. Though these sentiments are really lovely, with lovely fonts and overall message, I really just wanted those solid ornaments. Now what do I do? Time to turn over my stamps! The front of the stamp is made of the same material as the back (at least, I think it is...) so it sticks to your block the same as the back does! Yay. So nice to get more bang for your buck with your stamps, right?

I used my Distress Inks to do some watercoloring. I knew I wanted teal, mint, and purple ornaments, so I chose a dark and a light shade of ink to use for shading. I first covered my stamp in the lightest shade of ink and stamped it. I used my paintbrush and water to spread the color around, because when you stamp a large solid image with Distress Ink, you don't get the best coverage, so spreading the color around with a wet paintbrush helps to even out the coverage. I then mixed the lighter color with the darker color to create some shading, then used the darkest color to create the darkest shading around the edges. After the ink had dried, I stamped and cut some masks in the same shapes as the ornaments, then used them to cover the watercolored ornaments. I then took the Hand Drawn Snowflakes background stamp and stamped the background with those gorgeous snowflakes using aqua glitter embossing powder. I let the ornaments dry overnight to prevent any possibility of bleeding, then I used very watered down Peacock Feathers Distress ink mixed with some Perfect Pearls powder and water to create a shimmery color wash for the background. 

To create the ornament, I heat embossed one of the lovely sentiments onto some more watercolor paper, then used the same colors of Distress Ink to add some color to the letters. I popped it up, added a bow, and then added some Delphinium sequins from Lucy Abrams to add some sparkly accent. (As though this card doesn't have enough sparkle, right? haha)

I hope you enjoyed this card! The stamps are on SALE in the Butterfly Reflections Ink store, so go get some!! Have a great week, everyone!


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