It's Variations Week at Sweet Pea Stamps, where each of the Design Team posst a creation using the same stamp. I love seeing how everyone creates such different projects from the same starting point. :)
This month the stamp we've all used is Dreaming of Aquamarine Tides by Katerina Koukiotis. I've had this rubber stamp in my stash for a while and it was a nice change for me to play with rubber stamping instead of digi stamping and so I decided to do something a bit different and use a technique that's not really suited to digi stamps - painting with bleach:
I first of all used Dylusions spray inks to colour a piece of white card and then stamped the image onto it using Versafine ink and heat embossed it using a fine black embossing powder. I then used plain old household bleach and painted over the areas where I wanted to remove the colour - I bleached out her face, neck and hands, leaving colour on her lips, fingernails and around her eyes and also on the seashell.
I love this technique because the results are always different - different inks react differently to the bleach so the colour you get on the bleached areas is always random.
I liked the contrast of the black outline against the vibrant colours on this card so I decided to carry that through on the card itself. I swiped the edges of the image with more black ink and heat embossed it and chose a paper that seemed to fit well with both the colours and the theme of the image.
I inked the edges of the paper and cut decorative corners and layered flowers with my Cameo, inked them and heat embossed with black powder for a glossy finish.
You can buy this stamp from the Sweet Pea Stamps store either as a single stamp or as part of a sheet of 4 gorgeous stamps by Katerina Koukiotis. And don't forget that until Friday there is 15% off all rubber stamps (including overstock/sale items) at Sweet Pea Stamps. :)
I'm entering this card into a couple of challenges: