It’s time for the new release from The Rabbit Hole Designs, and this one is a lot of fun! Today, we’re showing off the new Buggy for Caffeine stamp set. Unlike the other stamps in the series, you get three critters and a bunch of sentiments all in one bigger set! As soon as I saw it, I knew these guys would look fabulous in shimmery colors.
I pulled out my Twinking H2Os and watercolored the praying mantis. By stamping him onto watercolor paper, I could add several layers of color without the paper pilling up. He is colored mostly with shades of green, but I added a little red and purple to his nose, one elbow, and the tip of his wings for a little pop.
After he dried, I outlined his body and the rest of the panel with clear water. Then, I painted shades of blue from the bottom up, allowing the paint to naturally flow around his body. As the panel dried, I splattered on clear water and lifted some of the paint, then I splattered on concentrated colors, to create texture in the background. I also added a blue shadow under him.
Sometimes watercolor panels warp as they dry. Here is a tip for removing some of those wrinkles. Spritz the back of the panel with clear water (I use a spray bottle with a light mist). Lay the panel onto a clean, flat cloth, or paper towel, with the wet side down. Then cover the panel with a large acrylic block. The cloth will absorb the extra water, and the block will hold it down, so the panel will dry flat and evenly.
To finish this card, I die cut a circle from a white square and trimmed the watercolor panel to fit behind it. I layered them onto a grey card base and added an embossed sentiment, as well as a few gems. This design was inspired by a card my friend, Koren Wiskman, recently made. I really like the circle on a square base. Lol, and if you know Koren, you know she loves a good grey card base.
Are you ready to see what the rest of the team has created with the Buggy for Caffeine stamp set? Hop along with us for more inspiration…
Thanks for stopping by today. I’ll be back tomorrow with another fun card featuring the new release from The Rabbit Hole Designs!
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