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Plants For Mom

Hello and Happy Mother's Day to everyone who is celebrating from the gang at The Ink Pad, and Happy Sunday to the rest of us! Here's a pretty card based on Hero Arts' Greenhouse Peek-a-Boo Stamp which could be sent to a mom, a dad, a plant lover, a cat lover or... well... pretty much anyone!
 
One of the best things about Hero Arts' Peek-a-Boo Stamp Series is, of course, that they all work beautifully with the various Peek-a-Boo Dies. But also: they're just a hair over 4.5x5.75" so they fill an A2 card, or can be matted out to make an A7... either way, you really don't need anything else. 
 
 
My favorite way to color a large image is with Gansai Tambi Watercolors. I generally do the background first, and I've found that the lighter the shade, the more forgiving it will be. But the nice thing about watercolor is that it doesn't have to be one perfect, solid, seamless coat, the light and dark spots are what make it look beautifully handmade. My #1 tip for watercoloring is: Use watercolor paper!!! Which sounds obvious, but you'd be surprised how many people are frustrated trying to get great results on ordinary cardstock, which is just not built to be used with more than a tiny bit of water. Canson Watercolor Tablets are a good value and with 30 sheets of 9x12 they don't run out too quickly! When stamping a very detailed image, it's a good idea to use the smoother side of the paper. I also automatically get out my MISTI for a brand new, big stamp, just in case I need to ink it a second time; but in this case I used VersaMark ink and Ranger Black Embossing Powder and got great results every time. 
 
As it turns out, I did stamp a few repeats, but not because of imperfections; I had a fun idea about adding some layers! I decided to use my nested heart dies to highlight the area right around the cute cat. I always love the "Spotlight" method of coloring, in which either the body of the card is monochrome and the spotlight is colored, or vice versa. In this case, I liked BOTH versions, so it was hard to choose.
But then I thought of having two watercolored layers, for just in a few selected bits. In the end, I "sunk" the area with the cat so it was underneath my heart frame. Then painted and cut out a couple of the small plants to layer over the main panel. I also added a few Eyelet Outlet Mini Butterfly Brads as a finishing touch. A few mats of varying widths and I was DONE!
There's still time to zap a gift card from The Ink Pad to your mom, or your friend who is a mom, or just to anyone you think would like some fun choosing a few crafty goodies! Hope over to The Ink Pad Online for lots of choices!
wishes you a very 
Happy Mother's Day! 

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