Welcome to the initial installment of Work Your Stash Wednesday! It has been such beautiful weather here in Central California (low 70’s!). I have been craving all things spring and summer. I am born and bred California, and I just don’t like the cold. And by cold I mean below 60*. I’ll take 110* over 40 any day. When I happened across this W Plus 9 Summer Citrus stamp set I knew I had to get her out to bring sunshine to my soul.
I began by stamping several Summer Citrus pineapples in W Plus 9 Pure Color Black ink. It is a crisp, deep, dark, and waterproof black ink that is among my favorites. I then Versamaked and clear heat embossed them to create wells for watercolor. After smooshing Mustard Seed and Peeled Paint Distress Inks on my craft mat, I added a a bit of water to each and loosely painted in the pineapples beginning with the yellow toward the top and the green at the bottom. Drying and adding color repeatedly will create a richer color as well as add the awesome watermarks.
Stay Classy was created by first white heat embossing the Citrus Background Builder pineapple on Bristol paper. I watercolored the background in the same manner as I did the pineapples with the previous card. Once dry, I trimmed it a bit shy of the standard A2 of 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. I usually trim down about 3/8″ from the top and a side when applying a mat.
I popped the white heat embossed banner up that I had trimmed with a strip of black and white stripe from the scrap bin. I trimmed the sentiment strip to fit the watercolor panel after I adhered it. No need for measuring in this instance. After adhereing the watercolor panel to the folded card base, I again used dimensional adhesive for the pineapple. I also set it at an angle to just overhang the watercolor panel, but not the card base.
Thank you for joining me for Work your Stash Wednesday! If you have something in your stash you’d like me to create with, contact me and if I have it (or maybe something similar), I’ll give it a go! See you soon!
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