This beautiful stamp, Follow The Star, is from Penny Black and I loved it on first sight, just as I knew my friend and neighbor, Sharon, would too. You get to know people's likes after awhile. As predicted, she did "need" the stamp, so off to Sharon's house it went (but I have more : )
This is the lovely card Sharon created and agreed to let me share with you. It's extra cool, because she used a quick background technique she saw on Hero Arts' blog, along with one of the gorgeous Memory Box dies she got from Stampassion, called Piestra Tile, on the left edge. The ribbon embellishment is a Mini Spiral Clip.
Hero Arts' video, called Layered Stamped Backgrounds, by the super-talented Shari Carrol, shows the technique Sharon used right at the start of the video. She basically used an acrylic mount as a shadow stamp, combined with Distress Ink and water to create a quick, colorful background. The rest of the video shows how Shari builds up layers and texture for a stunning card. Clever Sharon used the first technique to lay down color on her watercolor paper and then stamped Follow The Star on top in black.
You will note that Shari, in the video, and Sharon, in real life, used Distress Inks. For those who may think any die-based ink will do, I would ask you to try the Distress Inks. I'm certain you will see that Distress Ink delivers quite a different result with no color shifting. These inks are designed to be highly reactive with water and really are superior for watercolor techniques or just for stamping. Lots of great colors too!
Here's the Hero Arts YouTube video ~ enjoy...