Ah, misty watercolored memories! Today I am traveling back to the late 60’s and early 70’s for a whimsical look at my youth. It’s a blast from the past! It was the era of flowery bell bottoms, shoulder length hair, hippies, and rebellion. It was also the era of some fabulous music that is now referred to as the “Golden Oldies” on the radio stations. As I was creating this I was reminiscing and singing “San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair),” by Scott McKenzie. How can you not? So this one is for you, my fellow Baby Boomers. My apologies to those who hadn’t even been born yet…and also if you now have that song rattling around in your head too! 🙂
We have so many new stamps and dies coming out this week, with the new release, but I just had to use the sweet Fox, from the Feelin’ Foxy Stamp Set, one more time. I stamped the image on Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper, with Ranger’s Archival Ink. I also stamped the image on Inkadinkado’s Masking Paper. I carefully fussy cut out the inside, with my EK Cutter Bee Scissors, and put it aside.
The Misti Stamping Tool, or other stamp positioning tools, works best for this part. I laid the masking outline over the fox and stamped the flower image from the Hello Gorgeous Stamp Set.
Next, put the inside piece back over the image and restamp. Remove the inside piece and cut around the top flower image on the mask. Put it back in place along with the outside mask. Stamp the final flower image to fill the space. (I apologize for not having a picture of this step. You can see it in the colored photo.) I have included a picture of the stamp that I used from the Zen Floral Stamp Set.
I used Distress Inks to watercolor the Fox and two additional flower images from the Zen Floral Stamp Set. I use a variety of watercolor brushes. I have included links below to the ones that I most frequently reach for and have used here. I die cut the images using the coordinating Feelin’ Foxy Dies and Zen Floral Dies. I also die cut four of the “Sending” sentiment, from the Sending You Sentiments Die, using my Sizzix Sidekick. I watercolored the sentiment using the same inks left over on my palette. They were glued with a Lawn Fawn Glue Pen and stacked together.
I pulled up images for a peace sign on my computer and drew one on watercolor paper. I traced two oval dies for the basic shape. I would have loved to have painted it like “tie dye” but a rainbow effect was much faster and easier. I thought that a black outline would be too harsh so I outlined each colored section with coordinating Sankura Pigma Micron 05 pens. I used #19 red, #5 orange, #3 yellow, #32 green, #36 blue, and #24 purple. I believe that I got them at Michael’s or an Office type store. I will link some multi colored sets below.
I cut a 5 1/4” x 4” panel from #80 Neenah cardstock and then cut an opening using an oval die. I loaded it up with Scotch Foam Tape on the back.
I added the flower to the Fox’s hair…still humming the song. At this point I realized that I had forgotton to stamp the sentiment on the front. I combined the words “Peace & Love,” from the Sending You Sentiments Stamp Set. Thank goodness for the Misti, as the first attempt wasn’t complete on the bumpy watercolor paper! I needed a little something extra to finish it out so I die cut some hearts from the Beautiful Life Die Set and watercolored them to match. The Jewel Picker Tool is perfect for picking up those tiny little hearts!
I created a card base using Bazzil Black cardstock. I added a piece of white cardstock to the inside and glued on the additional flower.
Everything was glued to the front panel using the Lawn Fawn Glue Pen. Additional foam tape was put behind portions of the Fox, to match the dimension of the oval panel, and the panel was glued to the black cardstock base.
Joyfully, Jo Ann
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