The new Holiday Catalog is coming, and you’re just going to love it! Of course, there are some awesome new products for Fall and the holidays, but there’s also great new products that you can use all year round. One is the new Archival stamps pads (in Basic Black and Basic Gray) that are designed for watercoloring. Another is the awesome Curvy Corner Trio Punch. And last but not least is the new Precision Base Plate for the Big Shot. I’m featuring all these new products on my card today. These products, along with everything else in the new Holiday Catalog, will be available to order on September 1, 2015.
I love watercoloring, especially on cards. So, when I saw the new Archival stamp pads, they went straight to the top of my pre-order list. Did you know that demonstrators have the opportunity to pre-order new catalog items a month early? This is one of the great perks of being a demonstrator. If you think you might be interested in becoming a demonstrator, I’d love to talk to you about it.
The Archival inks don’t smear like regular water based inks and Memento ink. And I’m so, so happy that Stampin’ Up! is offering this ink in Basic Gray as well as Basic Black. I frequently want to use a more subtle shade of ink, such as gray, for watercoloring so that my project has a softer look.
For this card, I used the new Archival Basic Gray ink to stamp the Blended Bloom flower. Then, I used a layering technique to watercolor the flower in Rose Red, starting with the lightest color first, and then progressively adding darker and darker layers where the shadows would be. My last layer on the petals used Rich Razzleberry ink. Then, for the center of the flower, I watercolored with Rich Razzleberry and Eggplant Envy.
When I was completely done with the flower, I painted a large wash of clear water over the background and then added Always Artichoke and Old Olive ink. Finally, while the background was still wet, I added a few small brushstrokes of Rich Razzleberry to bring out the color in the flower. When the background dried completely, I stamped the dots from Watercolor Wings in Old Olive.
For my butterfly, I used the Watercolor Wings stamp set, as well as the Bold Butterfly Framelits and Butterflies Thinlits. First, I stamped the background of the butterfly with Rose Red ink by stamping off once, and then using an Aqua Painter with clear water to brush over the stamp before stamping on watercolor paper. Second, I added the inside design with Rich Razzleberry. This time, I didn’t stamp off, but I did use the Aqua Painter again to brush water on the stamp before stamping.
For the top layer, I used the Bold Butterfly Framelit for the lacy butterfly, but when I cut it, I used my new Precision Base Plate for the Big Shot! This plate is a new accessory for the Big Shot offered in the Holiday Catalog. It’s specifically made for intricate dies like this one with lots of little cut-outs. Instead of having to worry about sandwiching wax paper and placing dryer sheets underneath, now I can just use this plate to get perfect die cutting every time!!! How awesome is that?
Now, on to another great product from the Holiday Catalog, the Curvy Corner Trio Punch. The corner punch on my card below is one of the three corners available on this punch. Isn’t it pretty? I love it!!! It coordinated great with the lacy butterfly, and it will look great on holiday cards as well.
Supplies used on my card:
Have a wonderful weekend!