Do you sometimes wonder about the possibilities your stamps may bring your way? I do and with the new Fronds stamps by Dina I kinda had this butterfly vision in my head that I had to put to the test! You see Spring is coming over, not much changes over in my island but I’ve seen pictures of crocus breaking ground and it’s exciting! Pretty soon the ground will be filled with blooms and butterflies and that is the inspiration for my project.
Step 1: Grab your supplies, stamp the big and medium open fronds over your tissue paper. I’m using embossing powder in black because my intention is to flip them over to create a mirror image, the darker the better! Once you have all the pieces, hand cut them and with the Gel Medium adhere them to your journal page. I have a confession: the new Ranger and Ice Resin Squeegee is my new addiction! It will help eliminate any pockets of air between your tissue and your surface, it’ll run so smooth you’ll start wondering where it was all your life!
Step 2: Using your Squeegee, yes, again, apply Gesso over your page to set the stage for your paints. You will notice you use less product, it dries faster and is more efficient. Since my inspiration is springtime I wanted to subdue Dina’s bold colors into a pastel palette by using white. And guess what Mr. Squeegee, you’ll use it to mix and apply the paint, it also works to apply paint over stencils too!
Step 3: By prepping your media board with gesso you have made it easy to use a baby wipe to remove paint using your stencils, that same paint can be smeared over the stencil in a different color base or even on the plain gessoed surface. Now it’s time to collage the wings using Gel Medium and prep them with the Clear Gesso. Then clean your stamp by ghosting the images directly on your journal. Using the Scribble Sticks, give her color and cheeks some color.
Step 4: Use a watercolor brush to work the watercolor magic of the new Scribble Sticks. Use the Enamel Accents to give the coat some buttons and give the shoes some patent leather look. Using some wipes “clean” the pink color over your stencils to give a subtle floral effect in your background. Then play with your alpha stencil to write your quote with the Fudeball, I loved mixing the different heights in the letters to give the words some movement.