Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Today I am sharing a lovely card using Friends are Like Seashells. What a beautiful suite of products this is! It will be the focus of my next Parcels in the Post.

 

Friends are Like Seashells

 

I love walking along the beach and I am always on the hunt for pretty shells. Nice ones are often hard to find, you need to be persistent and watchful. This is just like friends! The older you get the more you realize how important true friendship is and the more you value your good friends. You also realize that sometimes friends can show up in unexpected places and times in your life. Before I wax too philosophical, let’s take a look at my card.

 

Friends are Like Seashells

 

When I made this card I discovered that the large die cuts out the embossed images from the embossing folder. What a great feature!! The other discovery was that the pearlescent paper embosses like a dream AND you can sponge colour on it for very realistic looking shells. I made this card again with just a few embellishments and I really like it that way too. I played around with a sheer pool party bow but did not like that look as much.

 

Friends are Like Seashells stepped up

 

Stamping on Watercolour Paper

 

I have one piece of important advice when stamping on watercolour paper. Use your stamparatus!! Watercolour paper is quite porous and rough so you need to put on several layers of ink to really make your sentiment pop. I used early espresso and stamped three times with the stamparatus.

 

Colour Wash Advice

 

Making a colour wash background seems very simple, but it is also very easy to get wrong. Let me show you!!

 

 

Do you know what I did wrong here? I did wet my watercolour paper first but then I added a few drops of reinker and there still wasn’t enough water to make it “wash”. Instead it soaked into the watercolour paper and I wasn’t able to dilute it and move it around.

The solution? Really, really wet your watercolour paper on both sides. Then dilute your reinker with a bit of water with your water brush and add it to the wet paper with the brush.

I hope it makes you feel better that I also have things that totally bomb! If you don’t play and experiment, you don’t learn and you will never fail. Failure is a stepping stone to success and discovery.

Be sure to check out the product list at the bottom of this blog post. If you click on the images you will see them in my online store and then you can see all the wonderful sayings that come with this stamp set too.

 

Thanks!

 

Thanks for joining me today. There are only nine days left in saleabration so make sure you take inventory of your basic supplies. It’s best to order them now and earn a freebie along the way. If you don’t like ordering online but would like your order shipped straight to your door, message me and I can do it for you. The gift for ordering online this month is the elegant faceted gems. Have a super day!!

 


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