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Now for my cards. I sat down with one stamp set and two cardbases, wanting to play with Shay's Background Building challenge and determined to practice "economies of scale" (yeah, I studied Business) an idea presented wonderfully by this WW Leading Lady.
Same stamp set. Same layout. Two completely different looks. In one short sitting!!!
For my first card I was once again inspired by Heather H.'s Pinspiration challenge.
For my second card I was inspired by blue, green and aqua - Heather P.'s Color Combo challenge.
May I say I'm enamored with this stamp set - Renee's Leaves. It is so perfect. Not too cute. Not too artsy. Just perfect!
I actually made card #2 first, stamping the leaves using the reverse of the stamps, inked with Blueprint Sketch, Shabby Shutters and Cracked Pistachio Distress Inks and spritzed with water before stamping. When it was dry, I came back in with the stamps as they're intended to be used and stamped the outlines with Delicata gold pigment ink. I love this technique with stamps that are nearly symmetric. See the pretty gold on the blue and aqua leaves?
Keeping with the gold theme - I die cut Hello from white and gold and offset the two on my card.
While the colored leaves of card #2 were drying, I stamped the outlines in black for card #1. Then I did some sloppy watercoloring with Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed Distress inks on the leaves with larger open spaces. Left the others white. Gave this card a black Thanks die cut offset on one cut from yellow craft foam and called it a night. Economies of scale, folks ;)
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