Doesn't it feel good to get back to your stamping when you've been missing it for a while? I've been popping into my room little bits at a time. It may take a while to finish a card or two, but they eventually get done, and then one day they get photographed and up on the blog to share with all my stamping friends. No pressure. Just having fun.
Today I have an arrangement of watercolored and fussy cut vases.
I'm not sure how I feel about this card. It's flowers, but somewhat different. I like the layout, the semi-tall shape, the wood grain, but there were a few foibles and challenges.
First, I'll tell you it's a digital stamp set from DotBStamp called Floral Vase Fussy Cut. I took that name literally and printed the whole sheet and fussy cut. There are two more images waiting to be colored. Another thing I'll tell you is, good heavens, the artist's samples are gorgeous. Maybe if it was printed no-line style... I don't know... she's pretty amazing. I almost wish I'd never seen her samples.
Okay, let's talk... I used Gansai Tambi paints for the watercoloring. Sometimes I like them, sometimes I don't. I was not having an easy time with them in this instance, but I persevered. I think the part that turned out best is the brown flower centers of the teacup flowers, and I did that with Tombow markers. I was so ready to be done with this in the end!
See the next photo and then we'll talk some more.
Hmmm... the digital illustration of the tall vase had no water line, so I was left to paint it in on my own. Hahahaha! Well, you can see how that turned out. Looks like there was an earthquake in progress. Also, the glass vase is obviously transparent, and that posed another challenge. Am I making this too hard? Getting everything arranged to fit, tucked in, and glued down was much trickier than it sounds in the retelling, and then I still had to paint over the vase so the table top showed through, but diffused by the water. Oh, and I added shading around the images after they were glued down.
All that said, I like this digi set and I love some of her other flowers even more. I do plan to shop there again. As I mentioned, I have two more images from this set already printed and will color them later, probably with inks next time. Stamping is an adventure and I hope you enjoyed going along on this one with me. Take care!