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  • Debbie Gaetz, Bella Carta

Abstract Blessing

Another day of cardmaking fun with Dina Kowal's Brushstroke stamps from Impression Obsession; I also added a Grunge Circle stamp to the mix from IO, designed by Yvonne Blair, and an Open Brush Swirl stamp by Alesa Baker. Cleaning, purging and organizing is a two-fold dichotomy. I find things forgotten about or found; and I'm limited as to what's around my work table because of the ongoing work. I reorganized my stash of IMAGINE Crafts' Amplify! and StazOn Glaze, so Ithought it was as good a time as any to use it.

I squeezed the Amplify onto my craft mat and stamped the Brushstroke 3 stamp with it onto Skin card stock in black; then, I immediately washed my stamp off with a damp rag. It was dried with a heat gun so the Amplify! would puff up and provide a texture. Because the Amplify! was stamped onto the card stock, the layer was not so thick. Afterward, I squeezed StazOn Glaze onto my craft mat and applied each color with a watercolor brush that was damp but not wet when it mixed with the StazOn Glaze. It glossed over the Amplify! texture beautifully. I was hesitant to add the Gold Studio Glaze because I had wanted a more yellow color; however, I'm absolutely ecsstatic that I did use it. It offers such a glittery sheen. After, I fussy-cut around the brushstroke image.

Impression Obsession, IMAGINE Crafts, StazOn Studio Glaze, Amplify!, Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, Strathmore, Skin Card Stock, Niji watercolor brush

I stayed with my affirmations after yesterday's tragedy in Belgium.

This card has no layering panels. I did layer the fussy-cut brushstroke with glue dots. I used a Strathmore watercolor card and masked off the front so I wouldn't mess it up while stamping and watercoloring.

The circle images and sentiment were embossed.

Impression Obsession stamps:

Brushstroke 3 (E13288); Brushstroke 1 (E13286); Brushstroke 2 (C1328); Grunge Circles (D17031); Open Brush Swirl (D9184); Fear Less Clear stamp set (CL589)


Amplify! in Electric Blue; StazOn Studio Glaze in Cactus Green, Emerald City and Gold; Memento Luxe craft pigment ink in Morrocan (for circle stamps); clear embossing powder (circle stamps); craft mat

Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers in Light Green (041); Cornflour Blue (037); Bright Yellow (052)

Strathmore 140 lb.cold press watercolor card (5" x 6-7/8") (105-150)

Green Frog masking tape; Niji watercolor brush (to draw out watercolor brush marker colors); small craft brush (for Studio Glaze); glue dots

I really like this card by JJ Bolton for PoppyStamps. Take a look.

JJ Bolton, PoppyStamps

Click on this link to go to JJ's posting on the PoppyStamps' blog:

Carole Dion has created another beautiful card using the Nuance with Gesso to make the colors more pastel. Don't you love it?

Magenta Style, Carole Dion, Nuance, Gesso

Click on this link to go to Carole's posting on the Magenta blog:

Almost all of the stamps and products on today's blog may be purchased or ordered at Art 'n Soul in Lacey, WA.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope your Wednesday is wonderful!

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