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The Pen is the Tongue of the Mind - Horace

I think I am in love with this stamp set and watercoloring with re-inkers and an aqua painter!

This was another simple to create card using the Crafting Forever stamp set which meets our *Angel Policy guidelines.

I used about 3 drops of re-inker in a container and a few drops of water to create this Lemon Lime watercolor wash for the card layer. I made sure my aqua painter was quite wet before spreading it on the white paper. It was a fairly thick coat of wash that I applied. Make sure you have a silicon craft sheet or something else underneath your paper before doing the wash. I applied it so heavy it soaked through the paper a bit. Set aside to dry for at least a half hour, or use a heat tool to speed up the process.

Then stamp your image on the wash layer. You want to make sure that paper is completely dry before stamping or your image that is stamped in black will bleed and ruin that entire sheet of paper.

Gentle reminder that July is Bonus Days with Stampin' Up! Every $50.00 US in merchandise you spend you get a $5.00 coupon that will be emailed to you to use for shopping in August. And in August this stamp set will be available for the general public to pre-order before the release of the Holiday Catalog 2017 on September 1st! Get shopping now.

Stamps: Crafting Forever  • 9 rubber stamps 143955 $28.00 (wood blocks included) • 143958 $20.00 (suggested clear blocks: a, b, c, d, g) Available in French
Inks: Memento Black Memento Pad & Refill Tuxedo Black. Acid free.Pad • 132708 $6.00 Refill (0.5 fl. oz.) • 133456 $5.00, 144091 Lemon Lime Twist re-inker $3.75 144092
Papers: Whisper White 100730 $9.00, Basic Black cardstock 121045 $8.00, 
Accessories:  Aqua Painters 103954 2 pack $17.00, Layering Circles Framelits $35.00 141705, Silicone Craft  Sheet 127853 $6.00, Heat Tool 129053 $30.00, 

Health update: I am counting down the hours until I see the orthopedic surgeon on Friday. Sleep is elusive as I cannot get comfortable. I have more odd shaped pillows and whatnot to try and get comfortable and it really isn't working.

I did not get down to my studio today. Sad for me :-( and no matter what that is unusual for me. I do get down there to do something most days. Which is probably why I end up with a large volume of projects and many not getting every shared here. LOL!!!

Thanks for stopping by today. Please share if you try the watercolor wash technique, which is an old technique, by the way. But watercoloring is making a resurgence right now.

Keep on being your creative best, Sandy


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