Hi there! Emily Midgett here with you today from Sixth Street Sundries. I am so excited and honored to be a guest on the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog! Today, I’ve got two projects for you featuring the same stamp set, but by using two different coloring mediums and two different coloring methods, I have created two completely different looks- one clean and simple, one super detailed and intricate. Let’s get started with the details!
For my first project, I wanted to create something clean and simple, with lots of bright white space and pops of color. I chose to work with the incredibly detailed and stunning Beautiful Flowers stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. The sheer volume of detail included in each of the images in this stamp set makes creating a simple project a breeze! I began by stamping part of the main floral swag image on some Copic-friendly white card stock using Hero Arts Intense Black ink. I then colored the image with RV21, RV13, RV14, and V06 Copic markers.
(Tip: Add your embellishments in groups of odd numbers to be more pleasing to the eye! Here, I’ve added five gems, trying to ensure that they are not equidistant from one another to make them look more random.)
I wanted to highlight the beauty of just the blooms, so I colored only the flowers in the swag, allowing the detail included in the foliage in the stamp to shine through by leaving them blank. I also stamped the greeting from Simon Says Stamp’s Hand Lettered Encouragement also using Intense Black Ink from Hero Arts. The final touch was to add a few Metallic Rose Gold jewels from Pretty Pink Posh just for a little sparkle.
For my second project, I wanted to kick things up a notch (or ten) by changing the medium and style of watercoloring, as well as creating a unique background for my watercolored floral swag. I started by stamping the entirety of the same floral swag from Simon Says Stamp’s Beautiful Flowers stamp set onto some Arches Cold Press watercolor paper using Ink On 3’s Fadeout Ink. I use this ink almost exclusively for no-line coloring. (Bonus, it gives the illusion that I drew these images myself! Score!) I watercolored the entire swag using only three colors of Daniel Smith watercolor tubes: Quinacridone Coral, Naphthamide Maroon, and Bloodstone Genuine. For good results when no-line watercoloring, keep wet sections separate until completely dry. This will allow the edges of your petals to remain crisp, maintaining the individuality of each petal. I also like to go back in with multiple layers of color to achieve maximum depth. I watercolored the leaves with the Bloodstone Genuine, going back with a detail paintbrush after the initial shading had been completed to add the veins of the leaves.
After I’d completed the watercoloring, I fussy cut the image and set it aside, then turned my attention to the card base. I stamped the Rebecca Lace Background from Simon Says Stamp on an A2 panel of Candy Hearts card stock by Bazzill using WOW Soft Mango Embossing Powder. I then used the Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Blending Brushes to blend Altenew Midnight Violet ink around the edge of the embossed card base, highlighting the lovely shade of coral embossing and helping to enhance the incredible detail in the stamp itself. I stamped and embossed the greeting from the same stamp set using white embossing powder on gray card stock, then popped the floral swag up, trimming off where the edges hung over the edge. To keep from wasting the watercoloring on which I’d spent so much time, I added them back to the swag using liquid adhesive to create an even fuller bouquet of flowers. The final touch was to add some Rose Gold gems from Pretty Pink Posh.
Well, that’s all for me today! I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the same stamp create two completely different looks. I certainly enjoyed creating both projects! Thank you so much to the folks at Scrapbook & Cards Today for having me as their guest! It was a pleasure. 🙂
Be sure to follow Emily on Instagram at @eamidgett
- Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flowers, Simon Says Stamp Hand Lettered Encouragement, Simon Says Stamp Rebecca Lace Background
- Papers: Arches Cold Press watercolor paper, Bazill Candy Hearts card stock, Neenah 110 lb white card stock
- Ink: Hero Arts Intense Black ink, Versamark watermark ink, Ink On 3 Fadeout Ink
- Copics: RV21, RV13, RV14, V06
- Watercolors: Daniel Smith Bloodstone Genuine, Naphthamide Maroon, Quinacridone Coral
- Embossing Powder: white detail, WOW Soft Mango
- Embellishments: Pretty Pink Posh Rose Gold Metallic gems
- Other Supplies: Foam tape, liquid adhesive