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“Life is Beautiful” by Heidi

Hi everyone, today I’m on the Lindy’s Stamp Gang blog with a fun card project with lots of Lindy’s products being used!

Step 1:

Choose your background stamp to work with: mine is by Simon Says Stamp “Emma Background”. Since this is a rubber stamp I first stamped/heat embossed and then die cut my square panel. If you use a clear stamp then you can die cut you panel first and then stamp/heat emboss on it.

I used a piece of watercolour paper (Canson XL Watercolor) and, this is very important, I first used an anti-static powder tool on the paper before adding the stamped image. This way the embossing powder only adheres to the stamped lines and not to other places, for example, where your fingers have been!

Then I stamped the background design on the watercolour paper using VersaMark ink (this is a sticky ink). Next I heat embossed using Lindy’s Stamp Gang Cafe au Lait embossing powder. I die cut a square panel from the watercolor paper afterwards.

Step 2:

Now I’m going to colour in all the details from the background design: I started first with Lindy’s Stamp Gang Squirt in Emerald Eh?!, using water to thin the colour down on the paper in combination with a small brush.

Then I’m adding in Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magical in Merci Beaucoup Mint (adding some of the powder to my palette using a fan brush and adding water to create a paint).

This way I’m painting the whole design, also adding Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magical in C’est la vie Cerise and Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magical Shakers in Glittering Gold and Lederhosen Laurel.

Afterwards I decided that this background panel needed something extra so I added some splatters with C’est la vie Cerise and some white lines with a white Gelly Roll pen (picture Step 4).

Step 3:

I loved how the background looked so I didn’t want to cover it up too much, that’s why I decided on adding some butterflies (no name brand stamp set). I stamped the butterflies on Strathmore Bristol Smooth Surface paper (this paper is smooth and therefore all the details of the butterfly will be nicely visible) using VersaMark ink and I heat embossed using Lindy’s Stamp Gang Midnight Gold embossing powder.

I coloured the butterflies in the same way as I did with the background design, this time using a Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magical in Plumeria Pink and Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magical Shaker in Magnolia Magenta Gold. After the colouring was done I fussy cut the images leaving a small border.

Step 4:

For my sentiment I choose a chipboard by Little Birdie (CR66003) reading “Life is Beautiful”. I’m adding a few layers of embossing powder to create the design and dimension that I’m going for using VersaMark ink between each layer: I started with three coats of Lindy’s Stamp Gang Embossing Powder in Raspberry Lemonade, then I added a little of the Poppin’ Pink embossing powder, just sprinkling in on, not covering the entire sentiment, and lastly I added a full layer of King Midas Gold embossing powder (which is translucent).

Step 5:

Now I can put my card together: I die cut a square mat in a matching pinkish purple colour, slightly larger then my watercolour panel. These two square panels I adhered together using liquid glue. The combination I adhered to a crème coloured linen textured card base using one millimetre thick foam tape.

Next I’m adhering the butterflies and the sentiment on top of the card using Ranger Medium Matte (in the small bottle), and as my finishing touch I choose some Sparkling Clear Sequins by Pretty Pink Posh in different sizes and adhered them also with the Ranger Medium Matte.

Some detail pictures:

Lindy’s products used:

- Embossing Powders: Cafe au Lait, Midnight Gold, Raspberry Lemonade, Poppin’ Pink and King Midas Gold

- Squirt: Emerald Eh?!

- Magical: Merci Beaucoup Mint, C’est la vie Cerise, Plumeria Pink

- Magical Shaker: Glittering Gold, Lederhosen Laurel, Magnolia Magenta Gold

And that’s it for today’s fun card project! I wish you a creative day!

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