Welcome to Day 3 Reveal of The Greetery’s August release. We’re halfway through… Do you have any favorites picked out for Friday’s release? I would love to hear what’s on your shopping list so far!
This is a longer blog today… I’ve been so excited to share the process-making for my cards today, especially with the new stencils.
These lovely stems come from the new Budding Beauties: Autumn stamp set. I stamped out a dozen of these stems quickly, using my MISTI. And I can say the same with the Bottled Up bottles. I experimented with colors, and found several combinations that will match each season of the year. The Bottled Up stamp set comes with a label stamp, as well as several different words and flowers to dress the label up with. (They even match the curve of the bottles! LOVE!) The Budding Beauties-Autumn stamp set also come with words for the labels, which I used for this card. So I’m thinking we might be seeing a series being started here… and I love it! I added the rope accessory to each bottle before attaching them to a background I made with Fossilized Amber and Rusty Hinge Distress Oxide inks. I added the panel to a card base with foam adhesive for a bit more dimension.
This next card was so fun to put together. I used stems from the Budding Beauties- Autumn to fill the Just Mason Around jar, and attached a greeting from the new Sentiment Suite: Thanks stamp set. Before attaching everything onto the card base, I used one of the two new Mason Jar Filler Stencils to make the background.
I am so obsessed with stencils! And these stencils are layered, so a lot of dimension can be easily added. I have played around with pigment, dye, and oxide inks with stencils, and have always loved the results, but this time I tried something new.
I recently picked up a small set of watercolor pencils. I didn’t know what I was going to do with them at the time, but they were 60% off, so I had to have them, right?? Well, now I am so thankful I bought them. With the sharp tips of the pencils, I was able to shade with stencils, something I had never done before. And believe me, I love to shade, so this made my day!
On Bee Company watercolor paper, I used the darkest tone pencil to outline the bottom of each branch in the above picture. I followed with a lighter tone in the middle. I did the same with the leaves. I was able to give this Mason Jar Filler several different colors of leaves because I used pencils. Once I finished coloring with the pencils, I went over the stencils softly with Antique Linen Distress ink to know where the leaves and branches lines were at. Antique linen is water reactive, so I knew I would be able to use water to blend out the harsh stenciled lines. Once I removed the stencils, I used a #4 round water color brush and water to blend the pigments together, and smooth the stenciled lines out. I let the panels dry, then blended Distress Oxide inks over the dry branches (the pigments didn’t move or smear!). I splattered water droplets and brown ink onto the panels for more contrast, then attached everything together to finish the card.
Thanks so much for hanging out with me today. Be sure to stop by The Greetery Blog to see what Betsy has put together for everyone today, and get full details about today’s featured products. Everything you see this week will be available in The Greetery Shop this Friday, August 23rd, at 10am EST. Be sure tp follow The Greetery on Instagram and Facebook.
There will be a $50 store gift certificate given away each reveal day this week. For a chance to win, leave a comment daily at each blog stop. Winners will be announced the morning of the release.