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One Stamp Two Ways with Avery Elle

Hello there! Ashlea here and today I've got a couple of different techniques to use with the same stamp set. Every now and again, a stamp set so simple and so genius comes along and you just have to have it. That's this Avery Elle Starry Scene stamp and die set. Let me be totally honest for a moment here, I didn't get the dies. I thought, I don't really need them, they're just simple shapes. I was wrong. They would really have made my life so much simpler. They even have the little stars so that you can cut them directly out of card stock rather than stamping them. Don't be silly like me.

 My first photo with the mountain is the more traditional way I decided to use the stamps. I love when stamp sets seem to come with multiple technique ideas. I know for myself, I'm much more apt to purchase a stamp set when I can think of multiple ways to use it.

For my mountain card, I decided to use a more traditional technique. Basically I just stamped the images and colored them in. And look how gorgeous it turned out! Without even any real technique. The sky stamp is my definition of perfection when paired with Catherine Pooler ink. Catherine's inks have a special foam pad and ink formulation that gives perfect impressions the first time. It's pretty much the only ink I use and for good reason! They even blend just as well and Distress inks, in my opinion. If you haven't tried them, you must! To stamp the sky here I used Juniper Mist. For the mountains, I stamped in Momento Tuxedo Black and used Altenew alcohol markers to color them in. Their markers are amazing. I've only got set A so far, but I plan on getting many more!

For my second card I used one of my favorite techniques, watercolor stamping. For this I inked up the sky stamp in Juniper Mist and then sprayed it a few times with my Distress sprayer until it was very wet but not dripping. I then stamped it onto my card stock and carefully pulled it off, making sure not to let it drip anywhere. It gave this really great watercolor look without actually watercoloring. Because the water causes the ink to spread around, you don't get as crisp of an impression, so the stars get covered. Not to worry, I just used a white gel pen to draw in some stars for our Starry Night scene. 

To keep with the watercolor theme, I used Distress Oxide in Antique Linen to stamp the trees and do some no-line watercoloring with my Catherine Pooler ink in Spruce and a water brush.

For both cards, I adhered the mountains and trees with foam tape to add dimension to the scene. I also used a dark blue card stock as a matted background for each card front before adhering them to an A2 sized card base. I also used the sentiment "thinking of you" from the Avery Elle set Hand Drawn Florals to complete both cards.

I hope that you've enjoyed learning a bit about how I created these two cards using different techniques! Id love to know which is your favorite! Thank you so much for stopping by! I'll see you very soon!


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