I've been so excited for today to show you this amazing new set from Gina K Designs, it is this month's One Free with Three set titled "Many Wishes." I totally adore these dandion blooms (at least the stamped ones... I don't so much enjoy them in my yard!)
I've been on a kick lately creating little stamped pieces to use as decorations in various rooms in my house. It is such an affordable way to add a little handmade touch.
I picked up a small black frame at AC Moore this weekend. I believe it was a $7 frame and then was 40% off. It was just a plain black frame. I took the glass out and then using some Making Memories scrapbook paint that I have in my stash added a coat of paint and set it aside to dry.
While I was waiting for the paint to dry, I stamped the blooms with white pigment ink and added the stems with Kiwi Kiss ink. The sentiment "happiness" was added with the Desert Sand Memento ink that Gina carries. I found all these papers in my scrap bin and added a button and ribbon bow from my jar of buttons.
I gave the matting a quick zip zap through my Janome - I think it adds such a nice touch to the project, and has the added benefit of holding all my layers on tightly.
To give the painted frame a rustic feel, I took a white sanding block and smoothed all the edges. Where I rubbed really hard, you can see the black peeking back through. I love the vintage feel you get - and its so funny, you'd pay a lot more in the store for a piece that had already been painted and then abused. Giggle! Of late, I've been leaving the glass off my framed pieces, it allows me to give my projects lots of extra dimension. And I figure in a few months, I'll just switch out the piece with something fresh in this 5x5 space!
Usually I'm very very literal with the colors I use for my projects, but I really wanted to give these little blooms a pop right off the page, so I stamped them with Soft Sky ink to my Gina K Pure Luxury Cardstock for my second project.
Using Gina's sponging technique from last week's Stamp TV episode, I added a bit of Soft Sky ink to the center of my nestie with the large sponge dauber that Gina carries.
My final project for today is with the other stamp set that is previewing today. It is illustrated by Asela Hopkins and is titled "The Journey."
Asela buids so much detail into her images and it makes it easy to shade your finished images. This set one is perfect for you coloring addicts! For my first project, I stamped with Stazon ink to watercolor paper and grabbed a handful of reinkers and my Niji waterbrush.
You'll see that I added lots of stitching on this project as well. I seriously find it hard *not* to sew on a project so long as I've got thread in the bobbin.
I'll admit, I loathe winding the bobbin and rethreading the machine, but let me say Gina's newest video tutorial makes it SO easy to follow along. Have you seen it yet? Be sure to stop by Stamp TV to see the latest!
Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I hope that you'll pop on around t visit everyone else that has previews for you today! I'm grabbing a cup of coffee and will blurf around while I'm eating my breakfast! Can't wait to see what everyone has done!
Cindy Donna, Emily , Erika, JessicaKurtis, Lee, Lynn, Melanie and Theresa.
You'll find previews today from:Gina, Asela, Cathy,