Marja's Request!

Happy Monday everyone! About a week ago, I was able to get together with some friends and have a nice little visit. While there, my friend Marja, pulled out her stamp: People Like You, and said "Here, stamp this out a few times...I want to see what you do with it..." I don't really remember what her motivation behind it was (something about it being a single stamp), but I think she challenged me because she knew this wasn't really my type of stamp. ;)

Well, I'm always up for a challenge, so I borrowed some card stock and stamped away! I had NO idea what I was going to do and the pressure was on. Marja posted an AMAZING card using the same stamp, only days before on her FB page.

So I got home and stared at the image...

Yep, I had no idea what type of flower this was and I had no idea what colour it should be... So I thought I would play around with shading, and try to make it look like it was a black and white image.
I like to do most of my shading with a blender pen and marker. In this case, I coloured Basic Gray onto my acrylic stamp block and picked up the colour with my blender pen, I then started colouring, just as if it was a marker. I started in the darkest areas and worked my way out. I eventually added Basic Black to my blender pen to get my darkest area's black. (If I had started this card, knowing what I was going to do, I would have stamped my image on Water colour paper to allow for more play room, but alas, I did not, so I had to play very carefully) 

After I completely shaded my image, it looked... gloomy. Ugh, not the look I was going for. So using some coaster board, I cut out an oval frame and taped it over top of my image. I dumped Dazzling Diamond glitter into the opening and then sealed it shut with a window sheet and sticky strip. Shake! Shake! Shake! The glitter clings to the window sheet! Then I mounted a Basic Black frame on top! Yes, much better!

I then added Strawberry Slush 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim, Blushing Bride 3/4" Chevron Ribbon, Whisper White Baker's Twine and layered my greeting. My card was almost complete, but it needed a little something else.

I remembered seeing a pearl tinting technique on pinterest and decided to try it out. The only thing... the technique called for re-inkers to be used and I didn't have the Strawberry Slush re-inker.  I wondered if a marker would work and sure enough, it did! I coloured on a acrylic stamp block with my Strawberry Slush marker, I then added a few drops of Crystal Effects and mixed them together. Once I had an even mixture I coated my pearls with it.
It probably would have been easier to apply the mixture with a paint brush, but I was being lazy and just used my tooth pick. You do need to coat quickly though, because once the mixture starts to dry, it starts to gunk up.

Well, I hope you like the finished result. I'm pretty happy with it and I hope Marja likes it too!
Have a great day and happy creating everyone!


  1. it's a very different stamp of which I don't own; I like your presentation; TFS! we never know where our creativity will take us, do we?

  2. Wow! It turned out spectacular!! You never cease to amaze. Great work.