I fell in love with this set as soon as I saw it because I didn't have anything like it in my stamp collection. I started off by working on the "die cut" version.
I started off using a piece of Tim Holtz Watercolor paper ( love this stuff) and used 4 colors of Distress Ink - Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn and Shabby Shutters. I actually used an acrylic block and applied the colors to my block, and then stamped it down onto my watercolor paper. Then, I used my spray bottle and got the colors moving - I used lots of water to get my colors to blend like they did. Then, I used my heat gun to speed up the drying process ( because I am impatient ) and then I stamped my map image using Versa Fine Black Onyx Ink to stamp my map onto the watercolor paper. I love this ink, because it works great for clear stamps. Then, I die cut the map out using the coordinating die - and I just love how this die cut piece came out! I, then die cut a piece of white card stock with the largest Simon Says Stamp Postage frame die, and then I used one of my embossing folders that allows you to stamp your sentiment without the dots getting in the way. I don't use this folder enough! I used the "You mean the world to me" sentiment on this card, and then I wanted to frame it out a bit with some black card stock - and then I adhered all of it to my white card base. I used dimensional adhesive to pop up my map to make it stand out even more! For a final touch, I added a red heart, and I applied some Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents - and viola!
For my second card...
I used the rest of the watercolor piece that I die cut from and used it as my main panel. I took a piece of black card stock and stamped the map with versa mark, and heat embossed it with some Hero Arts white embossing powder. I applied a lot of dimensional adhesive to the panel and popped it up onto my black piece, and then onto a white card base. For this card I used the other sentiment in this set - " Wish you were here" and also heat embossed it with the same white embossing powder. For the finishing touch on this card I added a single 4 mm Sparking Clear sequin.
I hope you enjoyed the two cards - I enjoyed making them! Thanks for stopping by the blog today! See you again soon!