Monday, August 4, 2014

Stretch your Stamps, Day 1

Yay!  So excited for the new Stretch Your Stamps, 2 class.  I'm also excited for my friend, Carla Laureano, whose debut novel, Five Days in Skye, won the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Fiction at the recent Romance Writers of America convention.  I wanted to send her a card to celebrate.

The background is a long-ago retired CTMH stamp called Chinese Tulip. My plan was to emboss in clear, watercolor, then iron away the embossing powder.  Then I looked at the stamp again and thought, "Why not emboss in black to match the way the image appears?"  So I did.

Now, I must be honest and tell you that I did this on watercolor paper and could not get a solid background image, so I went over it with a black Copic marker at the end.  If I wanted to make a bunch of these, I would invest in the Tim Holtz watercolor paper that has both a smooth and rough side (and use the smooth, of course).

The sentiment is also a retired CTMH stamp embossed in black on vellum and then wrapped around my 4x5.5" colored panel and secured with tape.  I mounted the top panel on foam mounting tape to add a little dimension (which is also why it looks like the left side of the car has more of an edge than the right, but they're even...honest, they are!)

Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings.

Until next time,


  1. This is such a lovely card Becca. The best kind of homework.

  2. I love the card - did you emboss the black background or just ink it?

    1. I embossed it, but then I had to go back over it with a black Copic. Since my watercoloring was so minimal, I think I could have gotten away with a smooth, not specifically for watercolor paper. Maybe I'll try that next. :)

  3. Beautiful....shame that the design is is gorgeous!

  4. this card is spectacular! I love the contrast you used with the black and the lovely colors. its so beautiful

  5. Your card is so beautiful.Love the black embossing and black background. Great idea to stamp on vellum and wrap around like ribbon.

  6. Very nice! I like the color details!

  7. This is really pretty! Love all the colors.

  8. Beautiful Card.

    Fellow Student Murtuza

  9. It's even prettier in person! Thanks for making me the lucky recipient!


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