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Slimline Spring (and Easter!)

Impression Obsession's line of Slim Scenes stamps are made to mix and match OR you can use them one at a time. You could, of course, use them on any sized project, but they're ideal for making beautiful slimline designs, which are still the hottest trend in cardmaking! The Spring release includes lots of gorgeous flowers, Spring Sentiments, and even a few bunnies!
I always recommend using a stamp platform with any big stamp; and at 8.25" long, the Slim Scenes line definitely qualify as big! In the case of the bunny and wildflower cards, I used a sort of handstamped version of letterpress technique, where I applied each shade separately, by selectively coloring bits of the stamps with Karin Brushmarkers. To make this work, you need to be able to stamp multiple times in the same spot; which I literally could not have done without myMISTI
To make the wildflowers card I trimmed a piece of Canson Watercolor paper to 8.5 x 4.25", placed it in my MISTI, and aligned the Large Wildflowers Stamp just above the bottom edge. I colored all of the stems and leaves ON THE STAMP with the lightest green from the Mega Box of Karin Markers. The Karins stay wet for quite a while, but with this technique speed is not very important, because after I applied my first color, I lightly misted the stamp with clear water and stamped it onto the watercolor paper. Then I took a slightly darker green and colored just the stems, misted, and stamped. Then I took an even darker green and colored just a few leaves here and there to get a bit of variation, again I misted and stamped. Next, I colored all of the flowers with my lightest blue Karin, misted and stamped. I repeated this twice more with two slightly darker shades of blue and darkened about a third of the flowers. Finally, I added a dab of deep purple to the center of all the flowers, misted the stamp a final time, and stamped. After the panel had dried completely I added "Spring has Sprung" from the Spring Sentiments set in Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide Ink and mounted the panel to a bright green slimline card. A scattering of tiny blue enamel dots adds a little bit of texture.
The bunny card was completed in the same method, though I did not need as many tone-on-tone variations; I just selected each element, colored on the stamp, misted and applied the ink to the paper. So to start with, I colored just the sky on the solid stamp of the Bunnies in Grass set in a soft blue Karin Marker, misted lightly with clear water, and stamped. Then, leaving the paper and stamp still aligned in the same place on my MISTI, I colored just the grass portion of the same stamp, misted it, and stamped. I let the image dry pretty well before swapping out for the other stamp in that set, where the bunnies are the solid image. I lined it up so they would land in the white bunny-shaped spaces left by the sky stamp, and colored JUST the bunnies with a mix of very soft grey and a pale tan, misted and stamped. Then I colored just the butterflies, in a nice bright purple... misted and stamped. I colored just the eggs on the same stamp, misted and stamped those. Then I switched to the IO Grass Set and starting with the smallest grass stamp, lined it up so that it overlapped the grass portion of the Bunnies in Grass image, and stamped using a medium green. I repeated this step with each of the larger grass stamps, moving further down on the card each time, and using a darker green for each layer, until the panel was full. After the panel was thoroughly dry, I added some outlining and detail with Emott pens (they have a super-thin tip and come in loads of colors) and finally I added the "Happy Easter" sentiment in Black Soot Oxide Ink. A few Eyelet Outlet Mini Stitched Flower Brads are blooming in the grass.
The last card is much more straight forward! I put a panel of kraft cardstock in the MISTI and lined up the flower stamp in the Meadow Floral set towards the top of the panel, inked with Kitsch Flamingo Distress Oxide and stamped. Then I swapped the flowers for the meadow grass, inked with Rustic Wilderness and stamped that. I smooshed some Wild Honey Oxide onto my craft mat, picked it up with a waterbrush, and filled in the flower centers. Then I set the whole panel aside to dry thoroughly and stamped "Sweet Spring Wishes" from Spring Sentiments onto a strip of Clear Vellum in Black Soot Oxide. I added a few pen details to the flowers and meadow with a black Pitt Artist Pen, and created stems for all the flowers by machine stitching. I wrapped the vellum sentiment around the flower panel, added a green Eyelet Outlet Butterfly Brad, matted on white and affixed the whole thing to a soft orange slimline card.
There are so many ways to combine these lovely images, and so many ways to stamp and color them, I feel like I've hardly scratched the surface. I'm pretty sure I'll be doing additional versions in future and also checking out the rest ofImpression Obsession's fun landscape line
loves Spring best of 
all the seasons!

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