Saturday, 15 June 2013

An Epic Day By the Tide

Hey Stampers,

Happy Saturday !! Yesterday was my hubby's birthday, and last night we had some YUMMY chili I made for supper (its cold and rainy here, even though it is the middle of June ... sigh) and then went up my Dads in the Hot Tub !! A great way to relax after the end of the work week. Even though I am working TODAY so that is technically besides the point. LOL 

I am super excited today because my June Stamp Club is on Tuesday !! I look forward to that night ALL month - its just the best time !! I am really into the grungy distressed look lately, and I have been super inspired by all the fab samples I have been seeing - especially one with splatters and splotches of ink. My good friend Cathy really got me into this style, and I always think of her ink splattered self whenever I do a project like this ! Since my beloved Color Spritzer Tool has recently retired, I needed to find a way to make these splatters myself ! And I think I like this way even MORE ! Take a look at my cool card and I will tell you how to make it, including how to make these fun inky splatters !! 

Isn't that so funky !?! I love the new Epic Day DSP and thought it would go great with the By The Tide set. I am SO glad this one made it into the big catty !! It is so perfect for masculine OR feminine cards (depending on what stamps you use) and of course, a must have for anyone who lives on the water where fishing is a HUGE part of their culture !! Here in Newfoundland fishing is HUGE HUGE HUGE so I knew this set was a total necessity for me !! I stamped my 2 fish - once on Gumball Green and once on Pool Party - with Basic Gray ink. I then fussy cut them out with my Paper Snips. Takes a bit of time, but not really difficult, I then punched out a 2-1/2" Circle with some Very Vanilla cardstock and stamped the seaweed image onto it with some Calypso Coral ink. I sponged my circle with Crumb Cake ink. My layer of DSP is cut at 3-3/4" by 5" (love the wider border from the card base) and my sentiment piece is another piece of DSP cut at 1-1/2" x 3". I stamped the sentiment from the Sassy Salutations set with some Basic Gray ink. Remember this set is one of the sets in the Grab your Greetings Promo with is On Sale for 25% Off until June 30th !! I then rounded the corners of my sentiment piece and sponged both DSP pieces (and my Crumb Cake card base) with Basic Gray ink. Then I was ready to make my splatters !!

This technique is SO easy I have no idea why I didn't try it before !! You need a basic paint brush (like the mini kind that comes with a Kids Paint By Number Set hahaha) or an Aqua Painter, a paper towel and a glass of water. Pop open your ink pad, but don't flip it over yet. Then squeeze the ink pad so a good amount of ink gets in the lid of your pad. Make your paint brush nice and wet, and then swirl it around in the ink. Then just splatter !! Tap the brush with your finger, shake it around, jam it down to make big water drops and sprays ... just have fun with it !! I splattered in Basic Gray, Crumb Cake, Gumball Green Calypso Coral and Pool Party. I just kept adding and adding until I was satisfied with what I came up with !! Make sure you clean the brush well in-between colors so they don't get all muddy. And after a while, you will probably need to change your water. But thats it !! And it really doesn't take that long to dry either, but you do want to make sure it is completely dry before you adhere your layers together. My last touch was a piece of the 7/16" Natural Trim, frayed at the ends, tucked under my punched circle. Love that trim so much !

Thats it for me today !! I am SO excited to show my girls this fun card !! Thanks a lot for coming by today and Happy Stamping !!


Stamp Sets: By The Tide (wood #131910, clear #129120), Sassy Salutations (wood #132070, clear #126707)

Ink: Basic Gray Classic Stampin' Pad #126981, Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad #126975, Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' Pad #126983, Gumball Green Classic Stampin' Pad #126861, Pool Party Classic Stampin' Pad #126982

Paper: Crumb Cake #120953, Gumball Green #126840, Pool Party #122924, Very Vanilla #101650, Epic Day DSP #130814

Accessories: 2-1/2" Circle Punch #120906, 3/16" Corner Punch #119871, 7/16" Natural Trim #129287, Stamping Sponges #101610, Aqua Painter #103954


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