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Favorite Things

Favorite Things

This card was inspired by a watercolor print I found on Pinterest.  I enjoyed pulling from several different stamp sets and figuring out what I loved about summer.

I actually used ten different stamp sets for this card.  I pulled many more, but these made the final cut.  They are:

Hero Arts: Produce and Seeds, Flower Garden, Rain or Shine, January Kit, February Kit

Honey Bee Stamps: Little Pickup

Jillibean: Lemonade

My Favorite Things: Our Story

Penny Black: Patisserie

Simon Says Stamp: Seeing Stars

I started with a piece of Canson XL watercolor paper, cut to 6x4.5.  I wrote the phrase "Summer Favorites" in pencil as a jumping off point to later embellish with ink for a hand lettered look.  I stamped the images using Distress Ink in Antique Linen using the Misti to ensure I got the spacing right.  It was important to leave enough space to write in the phrases for each item.  I also took the ink off the bottom of the cupcake, so I could turn it into an ice cream cone.  I chose to remove the ink rather than mask it because it was easier.

Once the images were stamped I added in the phrases for each image using first a pencil and then covering them with Faber Castill Pitt pens in extra small and small.  I also drew a couple simple bees and the dotted lines behind them, which I also traced in pen.  

I used Prima Marketing watercolors in tropicals to paint the images, and then embellished it using Nuvo drops in white and jewels in Rainbow Sparkle mix by Lucy's Cards.

When I started this card I wasn't sure where it would end up.  But it struck me as I was identifying my favorite things, so the inside sentiment would apply in several situations.


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