To make this card, I started out stamping the leaves with Tim Holtz Distress inks on Bristol Smooth paper. Other than my colors, I really didn't have a plan. Then I went over the stamp with my CTMH Shimmer Brush. (Yes, the one I said I really didn't recommend, and now I'm using on every card, lol) It actually works amazing with any project you would use water on. Just don't get it near Memento inks, or inks that don't play well with water. But, it was perfect for how I was playing today. You could do they same thing with any waterbrush, you just wouldn't have all the sparkle I crave. But, it turned out this took most of the splotches out of the stamped images! I've always wondered if I could use distress inks to stamp with, without a big mess. I will definitely be using this technique again! Then I took the darker shade and just inked half of the image with the distress ink cube, and stamped again. This lovely stamp set comes with images of half the leave...which is what inspired me. It just looked better to me for some reason, to have the light color on the left. Probably just because I'm right handed?!? Then I stamped the stems, berries and acorn with gold pigment ink. Then I cut them all out with the coordinating dies. I stamped the sentiment and just randomly attached the leaves around it, popping a few leaves up with foam tape. Then I added some sequins for some more sparkle. It was actually very fast and simple, so I encourage you guys to try it out! The only thing I would do differently next time, is I would die cut the images first...and then stamp them. A few of my stems didn't line up the way I had stamped them. Today I also found out Sunny Studio has a wonderful blog full of inspiration.
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