Creative Sundays With Jo Ann: I’m In Hog Heaven
I was drumming my fingers, trying to think of something different to do. There are so many cute little images in many of the stamps sets and I thought that I could make a fun background with them. I was looking at all the sweet things to eat, on the Pinky The Pig Stamp Set, and now I was craving cake, donuts, lollipops, and vanilla and chocolate swirl ice cream cones! Why, oh why can’t they have the calorie count of a carrot or a stick of celery? Seriously! LOL
I started stamping in the middle of a 4” x 5.25” piece of Tim Holtz Watercolor Cardstock, using Black Archival Ink. I found it easier to stamp the food first and then add the wings. A stamping tool, such as the MISTI, makes it much easier. You must clean your stamps after each use or they will leave inky marks as you try to line them up again. As I have NO desire to clean my stamps after each use, I simply lay down leftover clear packaging. I can see through it and it protects my card panel. (see upper right corner) Make sure that you stamp some images off the edges as well.
I used a Pigma Micron 05 pen to connect the wings to the images. I also added a few lines to the cupcake liners, the waffle ice cream cones, and the lollipops. I watercolored the images using Distress Inks.
I added a soft and loose wash of Sea Glass Distress Ink for the background. I went back and added a light touch of Weathered Wood to the wings to give them a little more shadows and to and help them to stand out from the background.
The sentiment, from the Ham It Up Stamp Set, was stamped on Black Cardstock using Versamark Ink. I heat embossed using Hero Arts White Embossing Powder. It is imperative that you prepare the cardstock with a anti-static embossing pouch. Stray white embossing powder shows up easily on dark paper.
Have you tried the Misti Creative Corners yet? They are fabulous for lining up sentiments. I also use them when I want to stamp the edge of the card. It holds the paper away from the edge of the MISTI.
I added Fun Foam to the back of the panel with 1/2” Scor Tape. Scotch Foam Tape was added to the back of the sentiment. Everything was assembled and then attached to a #110 Neenah Cardstock cardbase with a Kokuyo Tape Runner.
I stamped the inside of the card with a sentiment from the Sweet Stamp Set. The word Sweet was stamped using Vibrant Fuchsia Archival ink.
Look through your stamp set to see what small images you have to work with. You will find them scattered throughout your stamp sets. They make fun and easy customized backgrounds.