I just got this stamp and punches from SU! It's a delight because I don't have to color anything in and I don't have to cut anything in detail. It's just ink, stamp, then punch.
My mom taught me this cool technique (I don't know the exact name of it) where you take a Color Box Cat's Eye and stamp two or more colors onto your stamp and it creates this airbrushed blended effect. If you're not familiar with this technique, here's what you do: Choose two or more colors of ink. Start with the lighter color and ink your stamp. Using the next darkest color "edge" the stamp. Lightly tap around edge of image with the ink pad. You're ready to stamp your image. Flower images are perfect for this technique. Play around with different color combinations. I didn't think the Lime and Merlot would come out so terrific, but it's a really great contrast. I tried Canary and Violet, but it just turned into brown, not so pretty.
Remember these tips: The Color Box Cat's Eyes get muddied the more you do this. You have cross-contamination between ink colors. Wipe off as much contaminated ink as you can from the pad and re-ink when necessary. If you don't have re-inkers, then don't try this; you'll just end up wasting your ink pads.
Here's a close-up of the flower. The largest flower is inked in Lime and edged in Merlot. The middle flower is inked in Dusty Plum edged with Violet. and the middle circle is just Violet. The large flower was punched using SU! matching punch, and so was the middle flower and circle. You could just assemble using glue, but I used dimensionals to make it pop. I stamped Happy Birthday sentiment (SU!) onto grosgrain ribbon using VersaMagic Concord Grape and then stapled it onto the front using Making Memories pink staples. Lastly, I embellished pink and green grosgrain knot at top right corner.
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