I hadn’t realised until today that this week it is Thanksgiving in America, on Thursday 26th November. It is a time to step back and give thanks, and even though we don’t celebrate it over here in the UK, that doesn’t mean that we can’t also take a little time to reflect on what we have, and to be thankful for those things.
I am most thankful for the friendship, creativity and community that Stampin’ Up! has offered me and continues to offer me, I honestly don’t know where I would be without it, without all of you. You are simply wonderful!
My post today is inspired by the TGIF Challenges #TGIFC291, this week a combination of a theme, sketch and colour challenge. I have tried to meet all three, and knew as soon as I saw the graphic which stamp set I was going to work with. Forever Fern, such a gorgeous stamp set, and perfect for the technique I am going to share with you today, how to create multicoloured stamped images.
The colours I chose to work with for this project were Poppy Parade, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight and Granny Apple Green. In some ways it feels as if we are in the depths of Winter here in the UK, but if you look around you will still see some of these stunning colours on the leaves of the trees, though sadly they won’t be there much longer, so maybe we should continue to enjoy themover the next couple of weeks.
Multicoloured Stamped Images
So, how to create multicoloured stamped images? Sponge daubers! Rather than press the stamp straight into the ink pad, use a dauber to pick up the colour and then sponge it onto the stamp. I have used either two or three colours per stamp, choosing to lay the darker colour down first at the base of the leaf and up the centre, then the lighter colours around the tips of the leaves, so it almost looks like the sun glinting off the leaves.
You can also create some amazing Ombre effects using this technique, can you see on the sentiment how one colour blends into another? The key tip is to make sure you use the daubers to blend the colour on the stamp, so you don’t end up with a sharp line.
I added some Gold Foil and some of the Forever Gold Speciality Laser Cut Paper, to add to the effect of the sun glinting in the trees, I do love how bright and crisp our autumn days can be. Oh, and can you see the background here? How faintly I have sponged on some Daffodil Delight ink with the new blending brushes and added some stamped ‘dots’ – you need to look closely but it all adds to the overall card.
If you like this projects, and want to check out some more of the challenges, why not head over to the TGIF Challenge website for some more inspiration.
Until next time, Happy Stamping xx
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