Hello stampers. Not all stamps are created equally. Some stamp sets are just super versatile and can be used in many more unexpected ways than they were originally intended for. Thankfully there is the internet that harnesses the creativity of so many people and makes it easy to get your own creative juices flowing. Waterfront is one such stamp set. I fell in love with it because it works so well with watercolouring and with creating a scene. It is amazing how easily you can change the mood of your scene by switching up your colour palette. I had a lot of fun playing around with it this afternoon. It’s too bad that I had so many other things that I needed to do as well or I could have spent a lot more time with it. Let’s take a look at what I did.
This was my first attempt at watercolouring with Waterfront on watercolour paper. Mistake number one: stamping the sentiment with Memento black. It isn’t waterproof. I should have used Stayzon. Mistake number two: I should have lightly spritzed the watercolour paper before stamping. After stamping you can spread the colour around with an aqua painter to soften the look. I do really like the colours I chose though: bermuda bay, pool party, pear pizzazz, lucky limeade, soft suede and flirty flamingo. The saying I used on this is from the February Paper Pumpkin. I think it deserves to be framed. If you want to get more of these exclusive stamps, you might want to consider treating yourself to a Paper Pumpkin subscription. Just click on the red box at the bottom of this post!
This art piece also has a story to tell. I didn’t mess up on the words this time. I chose to stamp in versamark and emboss with black emboss powder. Then you can colour wash right over top and it looks great. But I accidentally stamped my shore line in soft suede instead of pear pizzazz. I didn’t want to waste my watercolour paper so I stamped over top of it with pear pizzazz. It doesn’t look too bad. My mountains are a little darker than they should be. When I was trying to create a shadow by stamping with gray granite off set over the soft suede, I accidentally inked up in early espresso. Do you think maybe I was rushing a little? No worries, it is interesting to see how the different colours look together.
This card and the following two were all inspired by an Artisan Blog Hop from a little while ago. I love this saying and it is so very true.
This card shows how you can use Waterfront in a totally different way. The polka dots were made using the “sun” image. I love this playful card.
Isn’t amazing what you can do with ink and a sponge? Love the tropical colours of this card. The front of the card is only 2 1/2″ high, I cut the rest off so that the scene will “pop” when you open the card. I love the inspiration that we get from our Artisan Team.
We will be making these projects at a class next Wednesday April 17 at 1pm and 7pm. Class is $30 including the stamp set for three cards and a frameable art piece, or $20 if you already have the set. Be sure to check out my Facebook live video as I talk about these cards.