Hope you had a great weekend! I was able to carve out a little time to just create and have fun with some new products. Lately, I've been keeping anything new I purchase in a basket right next to my craft desk. That way, I make sure I'm actually using the new supplies rather than just "collecting". I'm the type of person that needs to see things in order to use them and this system has been really helpful.
Here's a picture of my basket. I keep all the new things in the first tier. The other 2 tiers are for scraps of leftover patterned paper I want to use up.
Now, on to the projects.........
I recently decided it was time just to get the good Claritystamp stencil brushes that everyone has been talking about. They were definitely worth it. The ink glides on like butter and there are no little hairs shedding off the brushes. Really good quality. I think the brushes give you a lighter touch than a sponge dauber would, so you have to blend less. I still like my daubers, but I'm really loving these brushes.
For this card, I used a stencil from The Crafter's Workshop and brushed on ink from the Fresh Greens Kaleidacolor ink pad using my brushes. The sentiment is from Altenew's Geometric Flowers set and the little flowers are from Papertrey Ink's Just Desserts stamp set. To make the centers of the flowers nice and white for this project, I used my Pitt Artist Big Brush white marker.
I did another simpler version using purples......
In a previous blog post, I mentioned how I like to incorporate scrapbook supplies into my card projects. I recently got an adorable pack of die cuts from Doodlebug's Cream and Sugar collection and thought I'd try using them for a fun birthday card. I assembled this one using one of those die cuts along with some paper from their Petite Prints Swiss Dot 6x6 pad. I die cut a balloon from an Avery Elle balloon die and blended some yellow ink onto it for color. Easy and colorful! I die cut the sentiment out of black shimmer paper from Papertrey Ink.
I was definitely into the bright colors this weekend--must be spring fever LOL! Hope you had a chance to create something fun too. If you have any questions about the techniques or products I used, feel free to ask in the comments section below or on my blog's new Facebook Page--here's a link. Thanks for stopping by!
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