May 6, 2009

Gratuitous Graffiti!

I had been wanting this stamp, *Gratuitous Graffiti* for a long, long time - so imagine my joy when I found out that I had earned a free stamp set from Stampin' Up!  During Sale-a-bration, you can earn free stamps according to how much your sales are. Woo-hoo!  I was so excited!

I just love the grungy, shabby-chic-ness of this stamp design, I think it's just awesome and there's so much you can do with it artistically.  I also love that it's all about thankfulness and gratitude, AND in different languages!  

So, to make this card I decided to heat emboss the stamp image on plain Whisper White cardstock using Versamark and Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder with my Stampin' Up Heat Tool.  After it cooled down I sponged on different colors, using each color of ink to highlight the different words.  I used cut up pieces of sponges and picked up ink straight from the ink pads, swiping the sponge over the ink pad repeatedly until it had a good amount of ink on it.  Then I dabbed the sponge onto the cardstock directly over the words.  Each word would emerge as I dabbed the ink on, it was really fun to watch.  Finally I made a shadow around each word with a permanent Sharpie marker, giving the words more definition.  Ain't it coooool?  I can't wait to make more!!!

Stamps: Gratuitous Graffiti Background Stamp
Cardstock: Pink Passion, Basic Black, Whisper White
Inks Pads: Regal Rose, Rose Red, Always Artichoke, Real Red, Summer Sun, Pretty in Pink, Orchid Opulence, Pumkpin Pie, Pink Passion
Accessories: Heat Tool, Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder, Sponges