Hello Friends, How are you today? It's Kathy from The Daily Marker and I am always super excited to be a guest for Inspire Me Monday. With that said I always worry and hope that I have a nugget ... something to inspire you with.
Today I have two folding book mark cards for my mom & bonus mom. I know how moms always hang on to every word one writes in a card so I thought why not a book mark card.
To create my bookmarks I was going for a more linear look. Using white embossing powder and a wash of watercolor I was finally able to achieve a more pastel look. (believe me this was a challenge)
It's fun to use some of the small stamps in a stamp set that often get over looked. Stamping them on horizontally gives it a more graphic look.
The stamp set I am using today is called, "Countryside Bouquet" In the stamp set are some tiny sentiments that fit perfectly with the smaller images. Yay!
I trimmed my watercolor paper to 2"x7" and started stamping with some embossing ink & embossing powder.
Once you have your arrangement on the misti or on your stamping block you can mark off with a pencil where to move you paper around so you don't have to keep moving the stamps (if you are using the misti).
I know it's a little hard to see here but, you might notice that once I stamped my grouping...I flipped my paper and stamped it again. (so it's upside down) This way you can read the bookmark from any angle plus I find it more interesting to stamp this way sometimes.
Today I am using my Windsor Newton watercolors but, anything will work to get a pretty pastel wash. Fill a palette, some small cups or bowls with some clean water.
Dip your brush into the color one time loading your brush ... then dip that color into the clean water. wipe clean and repeat. (I did this with each color so each color is very diluted.) This way the only way I was able to achieve soft pastel colors.
As most of you probably know that the embossing on the paper acts as a barrier holding the water in.
It's always best to start at the top and work your way down.
Ah... don't you find watercoloring ... or coloring so relaxing! :)
Once you are finished ... go do something else so the paper can dry.
When you come back dip your brush back into the diluted color of your choice and sprinkle the paper with your wet brush. Set aside to dry then add your layer or layers of cardstock.
Add some sequins with some matt medium, punch a hole in the top and add a variety of ribbon.
Have a great day and thank you for your visit. Hugs, Kathy