Birthday prints

I’ve been playing around with the layering stamps from MFT ‘painted prints’ again. I had a bit of an idea in my head when I started but I changed it a couple of times along the way. It’s on hot pressed watercolour paper because at first I intended to add water. I began by stamping the roses in worn lipstick and added the second layer with stamped off aged mahogany.

Next I did the leaves in shabby shutters with second layer in forest moss. I did the little yellow flowers with wild honey; some are dark some a light because I stamped them twice each time I inked, a first and a second generation print. I gave them little stems and with shabby shutters and forest moss.

I filled it in with tiny dusty concord flowers stamped twice just slightly offset to get two-toned flowers in all the gaps. To make the half hidden sentiment I stamped with versamark and embossed twice with WOW clear ultra high powder. To make the clear embossed sentiment show up I sponged antique linen ink over it; that was a bit too subtle so I switched to wild honey. Still too subtle I grabbed the wild honey marker and drew some shadows around two edges of each letter.

‘Cos I was feeling fancy I made a matching envelope and stamped a great big ‘Happy Birthday to you’ inside the card. I discovered something cool to do with these stamps while I was making this card so there will be more to share another day. Thanks for dropping by.


Stamps: paint prints, happy birthday to you

Inks: worn lipstick, aged mahogany, wild honey, scattered straw, dusty concord, shabby shutters, forest moss, antique linen distress inks, versamark

Paper: hot pressed watercolour paper

Also: WOW clear ultra high embossing powder

5 Comments on “Birthday prints”

  1. Jeanne says:

    I’m sorry if I am a little slow but what is the difference between distressed ink and regular water based ink? Why would you choose one over the other? Thanks! I sure love your work. You have the eye of an artist.

    • Heather says:

      Hi Jeanne, distress inks are water & dye based inks like many other brands but they are formulated to react well with water so they blend very well on paper when you add water. Some water based ink do not blend as well on paper, they soak into the paper quickly so you lose the chance to blend colour after stamping.
      Thanks for your encouragement

  2. Pat says:

    This is a beautiful all over pattern using these stamps and the colours look great together Heather, and I love the embedded sentiment, and the marker makes them stand out really well. x

  3. Lynn Leduc says:

    Very nice!

  4. Karen Jackson says:

    This is lovely. I love the idea of a hidden sentiment, never seen that before,and I think the trim on the envelope is just gorgeous.

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