Happy Monday everyone!
Thanks for joining me here on the Honey Bee Stamps blog, where I am revisiting a technique which dates all the way back to kindergarten! Can you guess what it is from the photo above? Yes, thats right! It is that age old (and SUPER FUN) technique of painting with a straw.
This card was completely inspired by the image in the Beautiful Life stamp set which reads ‘throw kindness around like its confetti’. I had the idea to incorporate confetti into the design of the card, but instead of doing a shaker card, I wanted to incorporate confetti in a different way.
For this card, I started by die cutting a panel of watercolour cardstock into a frame shape, and also cutting out a box shape using a Mama Elephant All Prettied up dies. Next, I inked up the box with some distress ink, and decided upon a placement for my box, making sure there was plenty of room for the stamped greeting.
When I had decided where the box would go, I picked some more distress ink colours for my splatters. I decided to go with yellows, oranges and pinks- I think it gives a nice bright, vibrant feel to the card, and it contrasts well with the bright white background. I gently tapped the ink pads onto some acetate, then using a water brush picked up a little ink and gently laid a blob onto the card. I rested the end of a straw on the cardstock near the blob of inky water, and bent down low so the straw was nearly horizontal. A big deep breath and a sharp BLOW sent the inky water flying in a fun and fabulous way!
I did wait for the inky rivers to dry a little before moving on to the next colour, and I made sure that the burst of colour was positioned in a way that made it look like it was coming our from the box. It was such a fun technique to revisit!
Next I pulled some coordinating patterned paper from my stash, and punched dozens of holes using my crocodile to create colourful confetti, which I added to the card along with the die cut box. I like the way that they curled a little so it gives the card lots of dimension.
To stamp the greeting, I used my Misti tool, and double stamped the image with versa fine black ink – I wanted it to be really bold to contrast against the white background and vibrant colours. I just love this stamp!
I had some confetti bits left over, so for an added treat I decided to include some confetti for the recipient of the card. I used an envelope punch to cut a mini envelope from vellum, and stuffed it full of confetti before sticking it on the inside of the card. But instead of gluing the flap of the envelope shut, I added a cute heart sticker from my stash. This makes it really easy for the recipient to really throw around kindness, as well as some actual confetti! 🙂
Thanks for swinging by today! I hope you have a fabulously crafty day!
See you next week!