Tuesday, February 16, 2016

One stamp, two styles



I'm finally getting around to some of my 'new' purchases, and by new I mean Black Friday, and sadly, I have many other new things that are way older than this, but this is the first thing that caught my eye when I was perusing the stack of unloved items yesterday.

I really love this stamp, I love the detail, and I love that there's really not much else you have to do/think about once you stamp it.  I mean, you color it and what not, but beyond adding a sentiment, it really doesn't need embellishments or anything else.

I used my MISTI to stamp it.  This is a cling mount stamp, so you just remove the foam pad from your MISTI and it's just the right depth.  It's great for a detailed/intricate stamp like this because if you miss a spot or a section isn't as inked as you would like, you can easily fix it which you'd never be able to do otherwise.



For this first card I inked the background with Versafine, then I used a spoon to drop some gold embossing powder over random sections of the stamp.  I wasn't being careful, I really wanted just a bit of a dusting over portions of the stamp.  Then I went through and added some very soft watercoloring using my Kuretake Gansai watercolors.

The panel was trimmed down and I added an embossed sentiment from Neat & Tangled's So Good to See You stamp set.  The panel was then popped up with foam tape over my card base.



This second card is a bit more straightforward.  It was also stamped with Versafine, and watercolored, but I omitted the gold embossing and went much bolder and brighter with the colors as well as the sentiment.



Which do you prefer?  Soft and vintagey, or more bold and colorful?

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19 comments:

  1. Absolutely stunning! LOVING the details on these!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. GORGEOUS. I haven't seen that stamp before and both versions of your cards are truly wow.

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  3. Really, really lovely!! I have not seen this stamp used at all and LOVE what you did with it. Stunning cards!!

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  4. Oh my gosh...I gasped when I saw these cards. SO beautiful. They look like they are out of one of those adult colouring book pages. :)

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  5. I have had my eye on this stamp and think I need to get it after seeing your cards. I really like the first one with its subtle elegance!

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  6. I didn't know about this stamp. Truly lovely indeed! I love the the way it looks. I suppose it is awesome to use as a coloring page also. Fabulous use of the stamp!

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  7. wow both are gorgeous.. love how you used that TH big stamp..

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  8. Great job showcasing the stamp!

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  9. Wow!! Love the stamp and the different ways you used it!! Gorgeous cards!!

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  10. Miriam I am so in love with these ... just stunning!
    =]

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  11. Hahaha, when I started reading your post, I assumed you were going to tell us how you created the border with various botanical stamps. That is just what I expect from you at this point : ) I'm relieved to know that it's all one stamp. OK, so now on to your question ... I typically prefer bright and colorful, but in this case I really like the subtle black and gold to go with the style of the design. Wonderful!

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  12. Very pretty! Vintage for me, on this one...

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  13. This is simply amazing...two over the top fabulous cards!

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  14. Miriam, what an absolute honour and delight to have you visit my blog and leave such sweet comments. THANK YOU! Your cards here: gorgeous! The light dusting of gold on the flowers, to reflect that of the sentiment: classy and elegant. Your second, with the highlight colouring is wonderfully eye-catching. Inspiring 'stretches' of your stamp, indeed!
    ~carol

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  15. Miriam we all have 'lots' of unloved items and I think it is great that you are digging into them. Two gorgeous cards, I love the way you used this amazing stamp set!

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