Technique Junkies/Mitten State Stamps February 2019 release
I’m excited to share my newest release through Technique Junkies today along with some of the new release from Technique Junkies!
I know I’ve been MIA lately, mostly because I just have not been very inspired, so I concentrated on knitting, which is something I’ve been into at one time or another in my life. Yet I knew this release date was coming up and I should at least make some cards with Rose Frame, my new stamp, plus I had been sent some of the other new stamps in the release. So when I was scrolling through Ravelry, a great site for knitters, crocheters, weavers, or any fiber art, I discovered a designer called Svetlana Gordon. One of her pieces really inspired me with it’s color, and suddenly I had a wonderful idea.
Rose Frame is the first stamp in a line of florals that I’m releasing through Technique Junkies, and honestly, I really really love it. Here’s my first card I made:
GOJUS! To create this, I paper pieced this from 5 different distress oxide pieces stamped over with the Rose Frame set. I fussy cut everything out and layered it up. It was an insane amount of work, but it turned out just the way I wanted it to!
I used Broken China, Chipped Sapphire, Cracked Pistachio, Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord, Victorian Velvet, Shaded Lilac, Picked Raspberries, and Crushed Olive. I adore the results! I added some clear Wink of Stella to the flowers only. I added the greeting from Technique Junkies Simple Sentiments Set 1 because I like the style and because it covers up the minimum amount of the image!
Next, I decided I would do the obligatory watercolor card with this image. I say obligatory because I design stamps for people who love to paint in watercolor and/or color with any medium, and since I’m a watercolorist, I always try to prepare at least one of any image I design with that medium! I decided I would keep the painting as loose as possible. Lookie:
GOJUS! I went with a yellow rose because I knew the other people participating in the release would probably do red. I used Daniel Smith Watercolors, which are very high-quality watercolors that I enjoy using very much for painting, but I hadn’t really used them on a card yet. I also turned the stamp to a horizontal orientation because it can really work either way.
I made sure not to worry about where the lines were, did NOT try to achieve perfect gradations, made sure to pay more attention to value, left a lot of white space and bits to make it sparkle, and just had a ton of fun. Again, I used a greeting from Simple Sentiments Set 1.
I love my stamp! I love it so much! And a shout out to my buddy, Wendy Weixler, who gave me the photograph that I drew this from! And yes, I am loving myself for creating it (you haven’t heard YILM in a while, but I can’t help it!)
I also received some of the other stamps in the release, so I chose my favorite, The Duty of Love, plus the new Paw Prints background to make a very cute card with a technique I haven’t used in a while. Lookie:
STINKIN’ CUTE! I actually pulled out my Prismacolor pencils to color in the dogs, because I hadn’t used them in so long and I could achieve some great fur looks with them. I also paper pieced this card.
I used Versamark resist to do the background with Wendy Vecchi’s Make Art Blendable dye inks. Something I discovered is that Lifechanging Brushes don’t do well with this technique. You’re better off with a sponge wedge or a Ranger blending tool. The bristles of the brush, even though they are very soft either get the ink to the paper in spite of the Versamark or they abrade the Versamark right off, so I grabbed a sponge wedge to do this instead. It’s very subtle, but I love the look. I added the little heart die cut, which I can’t remember where I got (if you know, could you comment?), and the bone clip from Doodlebug Design for a perfect accent.
You can get a discount on both the new release (which is on sale until February 8th), and stamps that have been in the shop for a while with my code, tj10jan:
Here are the links to the stamps I used plus the other stamps in the release:
Here’s the other designers who are hopping for the February Release Celebration: