Hello! We’re into the second week of the month (and new year!), which means it’s time for a new challenge over at Words 2 Craft By. We’d love for you to join us and our words of inspiration reflect this time of year…new beginnings, resolutions , making changes, personal reflection. Head on over and check out the inspiration from the very talented ladies on the team! I thought I might make something simple, for a change, and planned to use the lovely “New Beginnings” digital stamp set by Graciellie Design. My plan was to foil the flower and color it in with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers that I recently bought. The problem was, I bought cheap watercolor paper which is too thick to go through the printer so I had to print on another cardstock, which wasn’t thick enough for all the water I needed to add to tone down the colors! The colors are quite bright, so I need to play around with them a bit. After a few attempts with different colors, I shelved that idea and came up with this instead:
Since I start every day off with coffee, I thought I would combine one of the sentiments from Graciellie’s stamp set with my Tim Holtz Fresh Brewed Coffee Blueprint stamp set. My cheap watercolor paper was perfect for this. As usual, I used distress inks for everything…Ground Espresso for the coffee beans and a mix of Antique Linen and Old Paper for the coffee beans bag. The coffee mug was mostly Antique Linen with a little Old Paper, and Black Soot. I watered them down and colored, drying in between layers of color, applying new color and wiping some off, adding drops of water, etc. I used my Versamarker here and there on the coffee beans and around the coffee beans bag and then added distress embossing powders: Vintage Photo (beans) and Pumice Stone (coffee bag). I cut this image out (coffee bag, beans at bottom and “coffee beans” words) and adhered over the stamped image on my patterned paper. When completely finished and dried, I splattered on some watered-down black acrylic paint.
My papers were new (from my stash) and pristine when I got started. I inked, distressed, and even mangled a bit. I used the Tim Holtz “Splatters” stencil with my Ground Espresso – love how it looks like real coffee stains on the paper. I stamped the bean bag image onto the paper and adhered the water-colored version on top for dimension. That’s why I didn’t care that my ink bled out of the lines (above). I also did the same with the “coffee beans” words and the coffee beans. I didn’t stamp the coffee cup on the patterned paper, but after deciding where I wanted to place it, I did stamp the steam part of the stamp on the paper, then adhered the cup and the “cuppa joe.”
I gave the same inky treatment to the sentiment, then added my bow.
That about covers it, but here’s a few more pics. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
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