Saturday, January 20, 2018

Hummingbird Flourish Daydream Card

Hello Stampers,

Welcome, I'm so glad you could stop by.
This is my second post for the new Blank Page Muse Inspiration team!
I created the background for the card below using a single stamp and lots of different techniques.

Sometimes it is good to be reminded that one doesn't need loads of stamps/supplies to make a fabulous project. So next time you feel overwhelmed by choices, limit your number of images and be pleasantly surprised at what you can create. I hope you enjoy my tutorial.

Here is my card Hummingbird Flourish Daydream.

Birds & Clocks Rubber Stamp Set                                            Back Ground Grunge - Pam Bray Designs

                      Other Supplies: 

  • Card base 6x6"
  • Oxide ink pad (faded jeans) or any other blue ink pad
  • Sponge dabber
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Watermark ink pad
  • Heat gun
  • Spray mister
  • White pearl cardstock
  • White ribbon rose
  • Pearl embellishments
  • Foam tape

1. Use watermark ink to randomly stamp flourishes along the edge of the paper. Make sure to turn the stamp with each new impression to vary the design and stamp some images off the edge of the paper. Then apply clear embossing powder and heat set.

2. Use a sponge applicator to apply the blue ink over the embossed images. Apply the ink heavily along the edges and gradually fade to white near the center of the card. Make sure to wipe over the embossed designs with a tissue to remove any excess ink that remains upon the glossy embossed surface.

(Note: The right side has been wiped clean which shows a noticeable contrast.)

3. Create a wet spongy surface large enough for the stamp by folding a few paper towels and wetting it. Tap the flourish stamp to lightly wet it and then stamp as one normally would with an inked stamp. The water reacts with the Distress Oxide Ink to create a ghost-like image because the stamp removes some of the ink.
4. To create a subtle speckled texture, unscrew a spray water bottle, hold the end, and flick water droplets off the straw onto the page.
5. Stamp the hummingbird onto white pearl cardstock and carefully cut out. Next, stamp an additional image and cut out just the wing. Assemble it with 3D foam tape for added dimension and set aside.

6. Stamp flourishes in the middle of the card (1st generation). Next, use second generation stamping to create a cluster of flourishes. Without re-inking, stamp the flourish overlapping the protective mask. Discard the mask and reveal a lighter impression (2nd generation).
Make a mask by stamping the flourish onto a bit of scrap paper and cutting it out. 
Place the mask temporarily over the area you want to protect from ink.
(TIP: This technique can even produce a 3rd generation image for added depth.)

7. Adhere the hummingbird and ribbon rose to the center of the flourishes.
Stamp and fussy cut additional flourishes and tuck them in behind to add texture.

8. Matte the finished piece onto white pearl cardstock.  Finally, embellish the rose & bird with some pearls. Add extra pearls around the bird and rose.

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