It’s time for another Around the World Blog Hop, taking you on a tour of the globe without even leaving your seat. During the hop, you’ll visit a blog in each country served by Stampin’ Up!® and see some really beautiful projects by talented demonstrators. You may have arrived here from the talented Julie Davison’s blog, but if not, don’t worry as there is a full list at the end of this post.
Our theme this time is “floral” which, despite my brave foray into this area earlier this year, doesn’t really come naturally to me. I’m much more comfortable with leaves and animals. But for this project I dug out my trusty watercolour paper to have a play with an old favourite, the salt technique.
For this technique, you create a watercolour wash (I used Old Olive and Island Indigo reinkers) and then sprinkle seasalt crystals on top. The salt absorbs the liquid around it, creating unpredictable and beautiful patterns. You must allow the paper to dry completely before brushing off the salt.
On top of the dried project, I stamped flowers in Stazon and then coloured them using my Wink of Stella brush as a blender pen. Did you know you can do this? You can use the clear Wink of Stella brush pen to pick up ink from your inkpad lids and paint with it. Simply brush Wink of Stella onto scrap paper to clean it off again. So the flowers are beautifully shimmery in real life, although the photo doesn’t do them justice.
I next stamped in Old Olive around the edges of the tag using one of my new favourite stamp sets, Timeless Textures (which I also stamped on the Whisper White card base).
I was in full technique mode, so even dug out my heat gun to emboss the greeting. I love the look of white text on black and simply stamping is never enough.
To make my efforts worthwhile, I made several of these tags which I have saved for future projects....
But now it’s time to head off to the next blog on your tour, which is in the Netherlands. Please check out Miriam’s project and be sure to leave her a comment! And if you lose your way, here’s the full list of blogs taking part. Thanks for visiting and enjoy the rest of your journey!
Marie-Josée Trudel (Canada)http://alapause.blogspot.com
Alisa Tilsner (Australia) http://www.alisatilsner.com
Julie Davison (United States) http://juliedavison.com
Helen Read (United Kingdom) http://allthingsstampy.blogspot.com
Miriam van Eyden (Netherlands) http://miriam-cardsandscrapping.blogspot.com
Kristine McNickle (New Zealand) http://www.creativestamping.co.nz
Anke Hämsch (Germany) http://leipzig-stempelt.blogspot.com
Liz Goldhawk (Canada) http://lgoldhawk.blogspot.com
Cécile Ortiz (France) https://lezardsdecilou.wordpress.com
Barbara Meyer (Austria) http://barbaras-kreativ-studio.blogspot.com
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