I’m writing this from sunny Phoenix, AZ – finally got me some sunshine!! Woohoo!! Spending lots of time floating on my floatie and reading. Heaven, I tell ya!
I created today’s ABC Toys & Crafts card before I left, using a brand spankin’ new clear stamp set by Penny Black called Illumination. I adore silhouette images, especially botanical silhouettes. I feel like they’re so elegant and free spirited. KWIM? My favorite technique for botanical silhouettes is to layer them somewhat on top of each other to give the appearance of a field in bloom. This is just one way to showcase silhouettes, though. I hope to have time to create some additional cards showing you other ways to use them, but it might have to wait until I get back to “sunny” Washington. LOL
STAMPS: Illumination (Penny Black), Have A Beautiful Day (A Muse)
INK: Midnight Black Chalk Ink (VersaMagic)
PAPER: Blu Raspberry and Sno Cone CS (French Poptone), White CS (Neenah)
ACCESSORIES: Butterfly Craft Punch (Martha Stewart), 3D-Dots (EK Success), Midnight Black Accent Pearls (Hero Arts), Janome Sew Mini, True Black Gingham Ribbon (PTI), Embossed Scallop Punch (EK Success)
I stamped the botanical silhouettes using Midnight Black chalk ink. I prefer to use chalk ink when working with clear stamps because you get better coverage and a clearer image, in my opinion. The main image panels are sewn together with my Janome Sew Mini. The butterfly was created with a Martha Stewart craft punch.
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That’s it for me today, friends. Thanks so much for stopping by! Bye for now!