Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Bamboo Beauty with Expressions in Ink

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 One stamp set that caught my eye from the moment I first saw it was Bamboo Beauty. I've always loved the aesthetic beauty of the bamboo plant with its sectioned stems and arrow-like leaves. I also love the inherent beauty of the written symbols of the Japanese language. Even if you don't understand it, there are whole concepts in each exquisite brush stroke! It's something I'd like to learn someday. (Note to self: Better get going on that!!)

Soft Succulent and Just Jade seemed like Good Greens to pair with it, but I wanted to tie it to some of the green sheets of the Expression in Ink Specialty DSP as well, using the DSP as a background. I decided that the common colour should be gold, tying the two panels together and I think it worked out well.

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  • On a Soft Succulent base, I added a piece of the Expressions in Ink Specialty Designer Series Paper with the greens and gold design.
  • I added a 4 3/4" x 3 1/2" Gold Foil Sheet backing for the central image panel.
  • On a 4 5/8" x 3 3/8" sheet of Basic White cardstock, I stamped the two bamboo stalks in Soft Succulent ink. Then I restamped those images on Post It Notes and fussy cut them out just inside the lines. These I used as masks by placing them over the stamped images on my cardstock. 
  • Then I inked up the two bamboo leaves stamps in Just Jade ink and stamped them off once on scrap paper then stamped them onto the bamboo stocks as you see here. The masks made it so you couldn't see the ends of the leaves over top of the trunks so it looks as though they are growing out of the stalks.
  • I made sure the ink was really dry by using the Heat Tool, then removed the static and oils with retired Embossing Buddy before stamping the sentiment and Japanese symbol with Versamark. I covered them with Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder from the Metallics collection, then heat set them with the Heat Tool.
  • I added a few more of the Japanese symbol in stamped off Soft Succulent to complete the card.


The June Paper Pumpkin Kit looks absolutely amazing!! It coordinates with the Expressions in Ink Suite.

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