Hi everyone, Heidi here,
I’m very excited to be showing you today’s project since it’s my first project on the Lindy’s Stamp Gang blog! Today I would like to show you step by step how I created this fun layered card design. And the best thing about this card is that all the colours on this card are created with the use of Lindy’s Stamp Gang products!
Let’s get started!
I started my project with a square folded card base, then I took the largest circle shaped nesting die that would fit the card, this die I temporarily adhered to the card base, making sure to let the die peek out a little from the top, where the fold is. I ran this through my die cutting machine, creating a circle shaped card base.
With a two sizes smaller die, I cut a circle shape from watercolor cardstock (I used Crafter’s Companion Watercolour Card but you can use any watercolor paper you have). On this circle panel, I then stamped my sentiment using one of the sentiments from the Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set. I stamped with Archival Ink in the color Jet Black because this ink is waterproof.
Now the fun part begins: I’m going to add my first color. For this, I chose a Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magical in the color Bonjour Butter, which is a nice warm yellow color, and I will work with the Ink Smooshing Technique.
With a fan brush I transfer some of the powder to my work surface (a glass mat, but you can also use a craft sheet). I sprayed the powder with plenty of water and then used a thin (not too large) plastic sheet (you can use one layer of the packaging stamp sets usually come in), to take some of the color mixture on the sheet and smoosh the color onto the watercolor panel. You can create awesome backgrounds this way!
The only thing you have to be careful with is that you don’t combine colors that create brown (unless that’s what you want of course)! You can apply the colors in one or more layers, drying with your heat tool in between, whatever makes you happy!
When I was done with my circle panel I had some color left and this I applied in the same way on a separate piece of watercolor paper (see Step 5 for picture).
For my second color, I choose one of my favorite pink colors, which is Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magical Shaker in Magnolia Magenta Gold. I applied the color to my panel in the same way as I did with the yellow in the last step, but I tried to create more spots, so that not all the yellow would be covered up. Here I definitely used more than one layer, I think about three or four will do!
The leftover pink color I also applied to the same watercolor paper that I applied my leftover yellow color on, making sure that I had enough white space left. After drying the paper I die cut several circle shapes in different sizes, picking the area’s that I liked best!
I decided that I wanted to add another layer on the circle panels to create an even more fabulous background for my focal point to sit on.
In this step I’m going to create my own colored modeling paste: for this, you need some clear modeling paste (I used the one by The Crafter’s Workshop). I took some of the clear modeling paste from the jar and put it on my work surface. To the modeling paste, I added some Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magical in the color Greased Lightnin‘ Green powder with my fan brush and then mixed the modeling paste and the powder using a palette knife.
I choose my stencil (The Crafter’s Workshop TCW781s) and adhered it on top of the circle-shaped watercolor panel, using stencil tape, but only after having covered up the sentiment with a small piece of (red) paper. Then I applied the DIY colored modeling paste over the stencil, using a palette knife, and making sure that I don’t cover up the complete background that I created before. Remove the stencil carefully! What I had left over of the modeling paste I applied to the smaller circle shapes in the same way!
Wash your stencil when you’re done.
While the green modeling paste is still wet I applied some of the Lindy’s Stamp Gang Embossing Powder in the color Twilight Bronze Slate to some of the area’s covered with modeling paste, this way I will create some gorgeous shiny highlights! Don’t cover up all the area’s that you applied modeling paste to! Now, set the circle panels aside to dry. You can melt the embossing powder when the modeling paste had completely dried.
Next, I’m going to work on my focal point: for this, I choose one of the stamps in the Clearly Besotted Beautiful Friend stamp set. I stamped the fuchsia image onto Strathmore Bristol Smooth Surface paper using Versafine Onyx Black ink and I clear heat embossing afterward using Lindy’s Stamp Gang Clearly Clear embossing powder. This way the stamped lines stay black and crisp no matter how much water I add.
Then, color the image using Lindy’s Stamp Gang products: sprayed some Lindy’s Stamp Gang Spray in the color Cotton Candy Pink on your work surface and then color the parts you want pink with a small brush, slowly adding more layers and creating shadows and highlights in the flower design.
In the same way, I added the dark pink color (using Magnolia Magenta Gold) and the green color (using Greased Lightnin‘ Green), until I like what I have. To add back in some additional highlights I use a white Gelly Roll Pen.
Now that the modeling paste is dry I can melt the embossing powder on the green modeling paste using a heat tool. Doesn’t this look fabulous, I totally love this result!
I have more circle shapes then I will need on my card, but that’s because, at this point, I don’t know the exact design I will create, and this gives me some choices in color and size. I also fussy cut the fuchsia image leaving a small white border.
Now that all my elements are ready I can put my card together. I made a dusty dark pink circle mat for the largest watercolor panel, using a circle die and adhered these two panels together using liquid glue. I added these to my circle shaped base card using foam tape.
At this point, I’m going to decide what the final design of my card will look like! I’m creating smaller circle mats for the other watercolor circle shapes that I want to use and adhere the circles together using liquid glue. Next, I adhere the first three combined circle sets to the project using one-millimeter thick foam tape in the design you can see in the picture.
And to finish my card all I have to do now is to adhere the last elements, also using one millimeter thick foam tape.
This means that I have some circle shapes left, so I decided to create a matching envelope to go with my card: I just created more dusty dark pink mats, adhered the circle shapes together and then adhered them to my envelope using liquid glue!
Isn’t this a fun greeting card set for a special person? I had so much fun working on this project and I love how the end result turned out!
Some detail pictures:
Lindy’s Gang Products
- LSG Magicals in the colour Bonjour Butter, Greased Lightnin‘ Green.
- LSG Magical Shaker in the colour Magnolia Magenta Gold.
- LSG Spray in the colour Cotton Candy Pink.
- LSG Embossing Powders in the colour Clearly Clear, Twilight Bronze Slate.
Circle shaped nesting die set, watercolor paper, Archival Jet Black ink, Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set, The Crafter’s Workshop Clear Modeling Paste, The Crafter’s Workshop stencil (TCW781s), Clearly Besotted Beautiful Friend stamp set.
That’s it for today’s fun greeting card project, I wish you a creative day!