Today I have some details of the 3rd swap that I participated in on the Stampin' Up! Grand Vacation to the Mediterranean. By the time you see this, I will be enjoying all the sights of Italy and heading towards France - a dream come true for sure.
This swap had the parameters of using only product that will be available in the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue. Contact me if you would like a copy. As demonstrators we are able to pre purchase a limited supply of products and it is so much fun to try them out and prepare samples for our customers.
For my swap I reverted to one of my favourite techniques - water-colouring.
I love the freedom this technique gives and especially when you stamp onto wet water colour paper, as I did for this sample.
The stamp set I used is a Hostess Only stamp set (Gift of Love) that includes 3 stamps to create this gorgeous floral image and 6 different greetings. I have combined the set with a stamp from Timeless Textures, and I also used the splatter from Gorgeous Grunge, another of my much loved stamp sets.
Don't you just love the texture the water colour paper gives you? I added a little bit of depth to the stamped flower by using a slightly darker red tone and my Aqua Painter. Colours are Rose Red and Cherry Cobbler, and the leaves are Old Olive. I stamped the outline with Archival black ink from Stampin' Up! It is all matted with Basic Black and added to a Crumb Cake card base.
The script on the greetings in this stamp set is really delightful and stamps very crisply. These words are stamped on water colour paper to maintain the textural element of the card, but just imagine how crisp they would look on Whisper White card.
That's it for a few days. I will have lots to post when I return from the trip, so come back and visit me often