Hello friends! It is with great pleasure to introduce you to our next guest designer. Jayne (paperpicnic) is one of the best stampers around. You may have also noticed her beautiful work if you play Virginia's View Challenge often. I found out about Jayne through Hero Arts Flickr group about 3 years ago. Her stamping skills are top-notch! The way she layers her stamping/elements always delight me. And let's not forget how she uses colors .....bold! Her gorgeous work is always pleasing to the eyes. Take a look at her Flickr photos. This bird card is her latest win over Hero Arts Tic Tac Toe Challenge.
Jayne: Hello! I am so thrilled to be a guest designer on Virginia's challenge blog today - it's such an honor for me and a dream come true! As a regular participant and an avid fan of Virginia's View Challenge, I am continually inspired by the quality, beauty and creativity of the cards featured on and submitted to this challenge blog. So each month, I've enjoyed pushing myself to create interesting and quality cards. I hope that you enjoy these that I'm sharing today.
Sending Hugs card:
Jayne: As soon as I heard that this month's challenge was to create "100% Stamped" projects, I knew that I wanted to stamp my own patterned paper and embellishments. Background stamps are great tools for creating custom patterned papers. To create the patterned card base, I stamped and clear embossed a Hero Arts striped background stamp on a piece of watercolor paper. Then, I watercolored over the embossed stripes with Distress Ink. After the ink dried, I covered the panel with a sheet of copy paper and removed the shine from the embossed stripes by ironing with low-heat. I love this technique for creating beautiful patterned papers. For a final detail, I used the top of an eraser to stamp a smattering of faux paint-splatters (truly 100% Stamped).
Jayne: To create a focal point in my design, I stamped and white embossed a leafy, wreath image from the Hero Arts Best Time Ever stamp set on a strip of vellum that I wrapped around the card base. The wreath embossed on vellum became a design element for grouping embellishments without adding bulk to the card. I stamped a sentiment from Altenew's Scribble Flowers stamp set on a watercolored paper strip and centered the sentiment across the wreath. To create floral embellishments, I stamped and fussy cut six flowers from the Hero Arts Color Layering Hibiscus stamp set and then positioned and layered the flowers around the focal point.
Pace of Nature card:
Jayne: To create the watercolored background for this card, I started by creating a palette of pink and yellow Distress Inks, sprayed with water, on my largest acrylic stamp block. I gently pushed the smooth side of a piece of watercolor cardstock into the ink. When the cardstock had absorbed enough color, I slowly lifted it from the block and set it aside to dry. I stamped a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp's Explore Nature stamp set across the card front.
Jayne: Inspired by Virginia's signature colorful style, I covered another piece of watercolor cardstock with vibrant pink and yellow Distress Inks, using a mini blending tool to apply layers of color. I stamped and silver embossed a graphic leaf image, also from the Explore Nature stamp set, three times across the inked panel. I decided to create individual elements, so I cut the images apart, into three, similar rectangles. To add brightness to each leaf, I removed the color from inside each leaf with a paintbrush, some water, and a paper towel. Using the paintbrush, I carefully applied water to the interior portion of each leaf. When the water reacts with the Distress Ink, it magically removes much of the color from the dampened area. I blotted the excess water with a paper towel and then allowed each to dry. To balance the card design, I stamped and fussy cut a smaller leaf that I added to finish the card.
Aren't they amazing or what? I am so thrilled that Jayne shared her BEAUTIFUL ART with us. In her notes to me about the guest design, Jayne wrote: "I tried to embrace the "100% Stamped" theme completely - I didn't use any patterned paper unless I stamped it myself and I didn't use any embellishments unless I created them with paper, ink and scissors. (It was so hard not to add bows :) as they are my favorite, lol...". What a beautiful example Jayne has given us. I hope that you are, like Jayne, embracing the 100% Stamped Challenge! My heartfelt thanks to Jayne for always being supportive as she contributes so fabulously to this challenge blog. Stampers like Jayne makes this blog a special place! The gallery is filling up with gorgeous projects! Please keep them coming!