Good morning! I am participating in a special Instagram hop today using some new goodies from The Stamp Market. I have been having a mild obsession with their products since the company first opened, and the stamp sets in this release just might be my favorite stamps from them ever. We are hopping over on Instagram today, but I thought I’d share my cards here for those readers who don’t follow me on Instagram. 🙂 I made two, one using the new Friendly Bunch (my personal favorite from this release) and Tropical Blooms (which has absolutely gorgeous flowers that I can’t wait to play with more!). I’ve blogged the first one here, but I will have the second one up on Instagram, where you can find me as @eamidgett. 🙂 Come find me! There are several people in this little hop today, and lots of beautiful inspiration to be had using the new release from The Stamp Market!
Amy’s design for the Friendly Bunch stamps is just divine. I love coloring flowers this shape, in particular, because the petals are large enough that you can really work at them and get some great depth and dimension. Sometimes, if the petals or the flower itself is fairly small, it can be challenging to add much in the way of shading, simply because your pencil cannot be sharpened fine enough to get in those tiny nooks and crannies. But these beautiful blooms from Friendly Bunch are just the perfect size and shape for really adding fabulous dimension with Polychromos pencils.
I started by stamping the main image using white pigment ink onto a piece of Jelly Bean card stock from Bazzill. Bazzill cardstock has very nice tooth, making it perfect for use with colored pencils. I then used my Polychromos pencils to color the image, first laying down a layer of white pencil (as I would with Prismacolors) and then coloring as I normally would over the top. With Polychromos pencils, you keep adding layers of color until you achieve a nice smooth blend, and that layer of white helps to cut down on the amount of time you have to spend shading each petal.
After I had finished coloring, I die cut the “smile” from the coordinating die set for Friendly Bunch using some white cardstock upon which I had sprayed some Hero Arts White Shimmer Spritz. I added the die cut to the card front, then added the sentiment on a strip and adhered it to the card front as well. The final touch was to add some pretty purple jewels from Pretty Pink Posh.
Well, that’s all for me on this post! Remember, head over to Instagram to see all of the projects from the hop participants. There is lots of fantastic inspiration to be had, not to mention a GIVEAWAY! I hope you’ll check it out!