Hello! I’ve been wanting to play with my Ava stamp and die set – one of the generous prizes sent to me by Prima Marketing for the Mermaid Challenge. Thank you Prima Marketing and Julie Nutting!!
I used my set of JN Watercolor Pencils, Hair & Skin Tones, for Ava’s skin. To color her hair, I used Prima Watercolor Confections (Tropicals), color 22. I watered it down quite a bit and added more color until I was happy with the results. I used Tim Holtz Seedless Preserves DI for her “highlights.” Ava might be a classic glamour girl, but she still likes to play around with trends.
Ava’s dress and headband were made using the Glitter Lace technique (it’s not a background stamp or stencil) shown here, with Crystal Fine and Onyx glitters from the Martha Stewart Essential Colors glitter set – love the sparkle, which doesn’t show up in most of the pics. Her shoes were colored with a black Archival ink pen and covered with Glossy Accents.
Of course, Ava’s been busy shopping! I made 3 bags for her, the striped ones were made using one of the new TH Shifter Stencils – Stripes, and I made one vertical and one horizontal. I used the TH Doily stencil for the black bag. I ended up doing a pale pink color wash on that one and wish I had left it white, as shown below. All handles were covered with Glossy Accents. Please excuse the poor quality of the pic, but I was just taking quick pics in my room while working.
The flowers were made from the Heartfelt Creations Small Carnation Die (and stamp for the leaves). I made 3 backgrounds using TH Picked Raspberry DOX and color 22 from the confections set, each having less intensity, and combined those to put the flowers together. I also used the Heartfelt Basic 3-D Shaping Mold. The leaves are just from gray cardstock, stamped with Archival Ink Watering Can and inked along the edges with Hickory Smoke DI. I added Prima Mini Art Stones and there’s a little bit of glitter on there.
My background and technique is similar to the one I made here, minus the marbling. Another difference is that I used white embossing paste, sprayed with TH Distress Resist spray, then sprinkled on silver embossing powder, trying not to have complete coverage with either the resist spray or EP. Once dry, I heat embossed and this is how it looked:
I wasn’t sure what color to use for the background, it couldn’t be pink…I decided to use TH Seedless Preserves DOX for a wash of my resist background (made on 110 lb. cardstock). To tone it down a bit after drying, I sprayed it with TH Hickory Smoke Distress spray. I added a little more than I had intended and it soaked right in, there was really no wiping any off (I tried). It gave my background a mottled look which I wasn’t going for, but it has grown on me. I inked the edges with TH Black Soot DOX.
I used the sentiment from the stamp set because it’s so perfect and was the basis for my design. I watered down the Prima color 22 to give that white background a little bit of color. I added a sequin, colored my ribbon with the Hickory Smoke spray, and then I was done!
Here’s another pic taken under different lighting that shows some of the sparkle.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
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