Did you know that as of February16, Stampin’ Up! added three new limited edition Sale-A-Bration (SAB) products? You can earn your choice of one of these products (including one of the original products as well) each time you spend $50 from now until March 31, 2016. Today, I’m featuring one of the new SAB products called the Petal Pusher stamp set.
I immediately fell in love with this stamp set because of the tandem bike. My husband and I have a tandem bike (although it’s a little more macho than the one pictured below), and while it’s been a while since we rode it, it brings back fond memories. Tandem bikes are really fun to ride. I remember when we first got our Burley tandem. It took some practice and a lot of coordination between the two of us to learn to ride it well. The back rider can’t cruse along letting the front rider do all the work! Ha!! That’s a definite misnomer. Instead, the back rider (who was me because I’m smaller than my husband) is responsible for ensuring that we pump in sync. It actually takes some concentration, and if you don’t get it right, the bike wobbles.
In what seems like a lifetime ago (pre-children), we packed the tandem on top of the car and drove up to the Orcas Islands in Washington state. We rode all over the islands, including to the top of Mount Constitution. The trip up took over a hour and the ride down was only 10 minutes!!! Ah, good times … good times.
Anyway, I digress…
I made this card for a special someone who’s going through a tough time right now. I based the design on the Creative Team layout below. However, I really didn’t stick very closely to the layout. The bike was too big for that many layers. So, I used the horizon line as one of the layers and the wheel of the bike as the circle. I know, that’s a little bit of a stretch, but I still like the way it came out and that’s the important part.
I stamped the main images with Basic Gray Archival ink on Shimmery White paper so I could watercolor it. The Petal Pusher stamp set is photopolymer, so it’s pretty easy to line up the basket, flowers, and little birds with the bike. Afterwards, I watercolored everything with Aqua Painters and bright colors (listed below under supplies.)
For the grass, I used a stamp from the Sheltering Tree stamp set. That little brush stroke stamp is one of my favorites! I taught a Stamps In the Mail class with that stamp set, and I had so much fun thinking up different things to do with that brush stroke stamp. For this card, I stamped it multiple times using Old Olive ink. Sometimes, I stamped off once to lighten it up. But, each time I stamped, I used an Aqua Painter to add clear water to the stamp before stamping. This makes the stamp really look painted, and I love the effect.
After I finished the bike and grass, I painted a faint wash over the sky with Watermelon Wonder ink.
As for the background, I was trying a technique that didn’t work at all with Shimmery White paper. So, it was a “happening.” I tried dripping drops of color on the paper, and ended up painting circles and dabbing with a paper towel until I liked the overall effect. I’ll try the technique I was originally going for on another card, using watercolor paper. Stay tuned…
You win some and you lose some, but I still like the way it turned out.
Supplies used on my card: