I watched a video tutorial yesterday done by Brian King, using a technique he calls the Smashing Technique. He claims that this technique is all over the internet, but my search only turned up his tutorial, so I'm thinking that he may have come up with it himself. It's not really that much different than collage stamping because you use repeated stamped images layered over each other to create a custom background. Anyway, it was fun trying it out and I wanted to show you the result of my experiments.
This card features both the Watercolour Wings stamp set from the Annual Catalogue and Timeless Textures stamp set from the Occasions catalogue. I used the layout from Freshly Made Sketches Challenge this week:
- So I used images from Timeless Textures to create the background. I inked up one stamp in Sahara Sand ink and repeatedly stamped the image at various angles all over the paper, making sure to stamp off once before stamping on my panel. I used the floral flourish image to do the same, using Watermelon Wonder ink. I needed to stamp off twice before stamping on my panel because otherwise the colour would be too intense for a background.
- I used Watermelon Wonder again for the first two steps of a 3 step stamping approach for the butterfly from Watercolour Wings. The third step I used Versamark, adding Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder and heat setting it with the Heat Tool. I also embossed the sentiment frame from the Awesomely Artistic stamp set in Gold and die cut the shape using a framelit from the Project Life Cards and Labels collection. The sentiment itself is from Watercolour Wings.
- The Bold Butterfly Framelits allowed me to die cut the butterfly shape and you can get them bundled with Watercolour Wings and save 15% over the cost of purchasing each separately.
- I used White Corrugated Paper for the cross panel and added some of the beautiful Watermelon Wonder Stitched Satin Ribbon for accent.
I was rushing to finish this last night because I was planning to watch the last episode of Downton Abbey! I can't believe it's over now! What will I do with my Sunday nights? Any other fans of Downton out there? How did you feel about the ending?
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