Ever felt like just running away from it all? This horse looks like he is running free, which I know we all dream of occasionally. Stamping offers me a chance to escape and relax. In addition, “taking life by the reins” is also invigorating advice. This next series of 3 cards are going to be with an artfully beautiful stamp set. There will also be several different water coloring techniques demonstrated.
This card was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest, but there was not any name associated with it. I like to look on Pinterest to get new ideas from time to time, especially if I feel a little creative block coming on.
Here is the beautiful and artistic, as well as graceful, stamp set called Let It Ride by Stampin’ Up!. The images and the sentiments go so well together.
The other awesome product I want to bring to your attention is this Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper stack. The 5 colors are just right for Spring and each comes in a large and small gingham pattern.
Measurements: Whisper White card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches folded at 4 1/4 inches, Balmy Blue 5 1/4 x 4 inches, Gingham Gala in Balmy Blue 5 x 3 3/4 inches, and Whisper White 4 3/4 x 3 1/2 inches.
You will also need Stampin’ Up! ink in Pear Pizzazz and Balmy Blue, Memento ink, and Stampin’ Blend alcohol markers in Light Basic Black, Light Crumb Cake and Dark Crumb Cake.
The following is a short video demonstrating how I use the Sponging Technique to create the background for this card. Enjoy watching!
I hope that video was helpful.
For a larger stamp, I like to ink it upside down. Using the Memento ink, apply the ink to the stamp while the stamp is laying on the table.
Take care to put the stamp straight down and lift straight up. Keep the stamp on the cardstock for a few seconds to allow time for the ink to transfer. That way you get a nice crisp image.
Use the Pear Pizzazz to stamp some trees on the horizon.
Continue to add trees until you like the horizon.
Now I am sure you noticed that we have a “horse of a different color”! We are going to change that with the Stampin’ Blend alcohol markers in Light and Dark Crumb Cake.
We will start with the Light Crumb Cake. Color the entire horse using the brush tip.
I used the Dark Crumb Cake to trace the hair of the mane and tail with the brush tip.
Continuing with the Dark Crumb Cake brush tip, shade in some areas to add dimension.
Use the Light Crumb Cake to blend in the darker areas with the lighter areas.
Use the light Basic Black Stampin’ Blend alcohol marker for the hooves.
Adhere the Balmy Blue Gingham Gala Designer Series paper to the Balmy Blue card piece.
Next, adhere the stamped horse card piece.
Adhere the entire piece to the Whisper White card base.
Viola! You have a great card to send to someone to encourage them and help them keep moving forward!
You will find this wonderful stamp set in the Stampin’ Up! 2109 Occasions Catalog which you can view by selecting the shop button above. During Sale-a-bration you may choose a free product from the Sale-a-bration Brochure for every $50 you order. What a great deal! But don’t delay because some of the free products have already sold out!
Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp set: Let It Ride #148765; Cardstock: Whisper White #100730 and Balmy Blue #146982; Designer Series Paper: Gingham Gala #148554; Ink: Memento #132708, Balmy Blue #147105 and Pear Pizzazz #147104; Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers: Light and Dark Crumb Cake combo #144601 and Light Basic Black #147940; Stamping Sponges #141337 and Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755.