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Stitches & Swirls...

Welcome to group post day #2 for the Papertrey Ink November release.  Today the team is focusing on a new stamp set by Nichole called Stitches & Swirls.  I'm really excited about this set and can't wait to use it for all sorts of backgrounds, focal points and more!  It's also one of those sets that begs to be used for all kinds of different techniques.

The technique I'm featuring today is a form of emboss resist.  I really wanted to create a sort of batik look...

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You know those batik fabrics that you see in the fabric store that have the beautiful watercolor backgrounds, luscious colors, and are so artsy and beautiful that I wouldn't have a clue what to do with them?  That's what inspired today's card.  The stitched image in the background was stamped with Versmark onto watercolor paper and then heat embossed with clear powder.  I then brayered some various Distress Inks over the image and then spritzed it with some water so the colors would run together.  I think the effect is kind of artsy and fun...a little out of the norm.  


The sentiment was created by inking one of the stamps from Stitches & Swirls with various ink colors stamped onto a Doily Detials diecut.  The sentiment, from Half & Half was stamped with True Black.  I also stamped one of the Stitches & Swirls images onto some Vintage Cream grosgrain to create a stitched-look ribbon.


So...I was all set to do a photo tutorial...but then I had a problem.  The water color paper I used was a pad that I had hanging around since my college days.  I had ONE sheet left.  And I used it all experimenting with different techniques and ideas for this project!  I picked up a pad of watercolor paper at my lss to do the tutorial, but it turns out not all watercolor papers are created equal.  The paper I used on my project here was Canson Montval paper.  It's very thick and textured...the ink ran and blended beautifully.  Not so much with the other paper!  So if you're wanting to experiment with this technique, it's definitely something to keep in mind.  The effect may vary with the papers you use.  ;-)

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to see what the other DT girls have cooked up using the new Stitches & Swirls set!


Supplies not linked, but available on November 15th from Papertrey Ink:  Stitches & Swirls stamp set

Other:  Canson Montval watercolor paper