Hi crafty friends! I'm super excited to share my project with you this afternoon! I have been in the crafty cave creating a mess and having a good time! I am so inspired by the ocean lately! Today I'm showcasing some new stamps from Tim Holtz - stamps that I have been SO wanting ever since CHA back in January! Sketch images of sea life and sea shells! Can I get a woot woot!!?? So fabulous, really. I got out my new stamp sets and some watercolor paper, and ALLLLLL my distress inks... And this is what happened!
The #journey stamp is from a new Tim Holtz set called Hashtags! LOVE. I stamped all my images, including the sentiment, with dark brown Memento Ink. For the little banner, I hand cut it out, with a rough edge and watercolored it to match the rest of the card.
I found this cool new product at the most recent Rubber Stamp Convention....sand in a jar! I spread some around and let it dry at the bottom of the card. You might also be seeing a glimmer of "spun sugar" distress glitter! A pretty, soft pink. I put that on with my finger and swirled it around so it would be 'messy' like sand also.
Here is a side view so you can see how I layered my pieces. The sand dollar and sea horse are popped up with foam tape. Everything else is glued down with crystal effects.
Here is a close up of the sand....
I started this project by stamping everything on nice thick watercolor paper. Then I used a water brush and my Distress Ink pads to color all the images. After everything was dry, I hand cut out the smaller images.
Here is a shot of the sand container and the spun sugar glitter... yummy!
I like to call this "girly grunge" because I love the look of grunge but I loooooove color too! This is my take on combining the two styles. I probably used twenty colors of ink! I kept adding more and more and more! One trick with watercoloring - let it dry! Sometimes I will really not like how something looks, and then when it dries - I love it! Leave it alone for a minute and then come back to it.
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