Hey, hello! I back today to share a couple of cards that feature the Technique Tuesday June Animal House subscription kit stamp and die set called Jellyfish. This is a particularly fun stamp set with the usual punny sentiments we keep coming back for!
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There are three large images in the stamp set, six sentiments and three small supporting stamps, and I’ve used a variety of them today.
For my first card, I stamped the three jellyfish images onto watercolor cardstock with Versamark ink and heat set with white embossing powder, repeating these steps with one of the sentiments too.
I used Mijello Mission Gold watercolors to paint this card, painting first with clean water, then adding in drops of color in spots and letting them blend together as they dried. I added a swatch of color over the sentiment to allow it to stand out and then I painted the background with a more dilute shade of blue than I’d used on the images.
I added some paint splatters, die cut the panel with a stitched rectangle die and matted it with a coordinating color of cardstock before adhering to a folded card base.
My second card is both an accident and my favorite of the two. I switched out the watercolor cardstock for Neenah Classic Crest 110lb cardstock and the paints for Copic markers, stamping with Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat setting with clear embossing powder.
I’ll be honest though, it was also a little tricky, because after stamping the images and heat embossing, I wanted to add color to the background and the only way to do that is with Miskit (a liquid masking product for preserving clean white areas when painting with watercolor paint) or paper masking, and I wasn’t entirely sure how well masking fluid would work with heat embossed images. So I cut some paper masks. Including all those jellyfish tentacles!
After masking all the individual shapes I carefully ink blended the background and sea floor, then went on to color the shapes with Copic markers. It was fun to blend colors that aren’t part of a single color family, producing those dreamy color concoctions you see.
THEN!! Something terrible happened!!! One of my Copic markers – a blue one – leaked and blobbed all over my card front as I removed the cap!! All I could do was stare in dismay and think some words I would never use in polite company! I had to make a decision. It was either scrap the card altogether – and I’d already done SO MUCH WORK on it, or adapt. Fortunately it was a blue marker, similar to the background color and it kinda, sorta, if-you-squint-hard, looked like bubbles. So I added more, and more, and a few more until it looks like that was my intention from the beginning! I have no idea if Jellyfish breath and give off bubbles or not, but nothing else about my card adheres to reality, so I’m not that concerned, lol!
I added a sentiment to the card front, heat setting with clear embossing powder, and trimmed the panel to slightly smaller than A2 and adhered it to a card base. I guess the moral of the story, is be careful opening your Copic markers! If you’ve ever had a disaster that you were able to turn around, share it in the comments, I’d love to hear about it!
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