Hi everyone. I needed a masculine birthday card and decided to use a Chocolate Baroque Ammonite stamp. I live only about an hour from the Jurassic Coast and in Lyme Regis the shops are full of fossils and even their street lamps have an ammonite design incorporated into them, and I do love the shape of it. Here is what I did.
I decided to try a new to me technique using Brushos directly on to the stamp and spritzed with water before stamping, and it worked fairly well. I used Brown, Turquoise and Orange sprinkled randomly over the stamp, and I stamped it down on to a piece of lightweight card. I used the same colours with the addition of a bit of black Brusho to paint over it and add a few more lines and additional colour. I then fussy cut it out once it was dry.
In the meantime there was so much ink left on the stamp that I spritzed it again and stamped it again on to another piece of white card with the whole image in the middle and then partial images round the edges. I managed all five times without adding any more Brushos but obviously it gradually faded but I thought the four around the edges didn't need to be bright. I then added some Distress Inks with a blending tool, using Mermaid Lagoon and Ground Espresso, and then I decided to make the outlines more defined so stamped with Hickory Smoke, just lining it up by eye as I didn't use my Misti, and as it is a fairly simple shape it was fine. I decided to keep the colours quite light as I didn't want it to be too dark and heavy.
To be honest I wasn't sure whether to use the background with just a sentiment and use the cut out image on another card, but finally decided to add it over the whole image in the centre using Pinflair Glue Gel to give it a bit of dimension.
When dry I attached it to a 6" square white base card and added the sentiment beneath using Versafine Smokey Gray heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.
Thank you for coming to take a look a my blog today and I'll see you again soon.
I am entering the following challenges:
Stamping Sensations September Challenge - Something Beginning with 'B' (I have used Brushos).
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Stamp on It for Stamptember.
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Stamp It On. (So pleased to be one of the four to be chosen for the Designer Spotlight)
Happy Little Stampers September Watercolour Challenge - Anything Goes (no optional twist).