Today starts a new challenge at Serendipity Stamps. Twice a month a challenge is offered up and one random winner walks away with a $20 discount off their next order. Everyone is a winner though because the sale this week is 40% off your highest priced item (through 10-2- use code "40fromhigh913"). And more good news - there is a new fancy die coming out SOOOOOON! You'll be able to get a peek at it on 10-18 when we will be doing a blog hop to celebrate.
Mary the owner of Serendipity Stamps likes to keep us on our toes and expand ourselves creatively. This time we were to add watercolor to our projects. I do like to water color - but mostly on vacation when I can't take my die cut machine and all my other favorite things with me. I usually grab a pad of paper, pencils and a mini watercolor kit. This was a little harder for me - water coloring a stamped image. The tricky part was the paper. I was going for smooth to get a good impression - but the smooth paper seemed thinner and got very wrinkly when I hit it with the water color. SO I went for the thick textured stuff. It held up fine with the water, but I was worried about the quality of the impression. Turns out it worked fine as long as I added a sheet of foam under it while I stamped it. That allowed for just enough give to get the fine detail of the image. I also used Versafine Ink that is oil based so it repelled the watercolor. It kept the watercolor "inside the lines" and didn't cover up the detail of the image.
Now it's your turn! You don't have to watercolor the image like I did - you can water color the background or foreground - or just the parts you want. Just have fun with it! Need a little more inspiration? Check out projects from the rest of the design team.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
Supplies Used: Finished Size 4.5 x 6.25"
Stamps: Serendipity Stamps Atutumn Wreath
Paper: Watercolor Paper, SU! More Mustard
Ink: Versafine Vintage Sepia