Never Stop Exploring – Spellbinders

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Happy weekend, crafty friends! I’m sharing a couple cards I made using some of the newest stamps from Spellbinders by Sushma Hedge – Forest Silhouette and Layered Wildflowers. I kept these cards fairly simple with stamping and some watercolor or mixed media techniques.

Card 1: Never Stop Exploring

  1. On white cardstock, using several Catherine Pooler inks in the same color family, stamp Forest Silhouette several times. Use the darkest ink at the bottom to the lightest ink at the top. Between each color, soften the lines with a blending brush. I used Glam, Flirty Fuchsia, Pucker Up, and Be Mine.
  2. After stamping, lightly ink blend over the background with the same colors of ink to fill in the white space.
  3. Splatter the panel heavily with water, diluted ink, and metallic watercolor. I used the Kuretake Opal Colors watercolor palette. There is a beautiful, soft purple color that worked perfectly. Adhere a piece of pop-up die cutting foam sheets for dimension. I truly love these foam sheets as it gives the perfect amount of dimension and is easy to die cut.
  4. On a panel of purple cardstock, ink blend Catherine Pooler Glam ink around the perimeter and splatter with water to create a distressed look. I love the way the water spots look on ink blended colored cardstock.
  5. Adhere the two panels together and adhere to an A2 card base.
  6. Stamp a sentiment from the Wildflower Sentiments and white heat emboss.
  7. Ink blend the sentiment strip with the same purple ink. To cover the white cardstock, run the edges of the sentiment in the same ink.
  8. Cut the sentiment in half and adhere with foam tape on top of a nest of silver twine.
  9. Embellish the completed card front with jewels.

Card 2: Thinking of You

  1. On a panel of multimedia paper, I scribbled several distress crayons and blended with them out with a little water and my fingers. It was my first time using distress crayons to make a background, and I had fun playing with them! After blending out the color, I splattered with water for a little more texture.
  2. On top of the dried panel, I stamped and white heat embossed the stems from Layered Wildflowers. Next, I stamped and heat embossed the flowers in sparkly blue embossing powder.
  3. I trimmed the panel down and used the A2 Matting Basics A dies to create a frame from white cardstock. I adhered the frame with foam tape for dimension.
  4. I matted the top panel & frame with a panel of peridot cardstock and again with blue spruce cardstock. Then adhered to an A2 card base.
  5. For the sentiment, I stamped and gold embossed a sentiment from Wildflower Sentiments.
  6. I die cut the sentiment with a circle die and popped it up with foam tape on top of a nest of gold twine.

Hope you enjoyed the cards and are inspired to try something similar!

Happy crafting,

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