Welcome to the new Paper Gardeners

We have a few more talented artists to help us tend our little Paper Garden.  I’m so excited to introduce our new Paper Gardeners!


(Sorry for the washed out photo – my usual picture spot is full of tomato seedlings!)

First I want to say thank you to each and every artist who applied.  I know people say this all the time, but you can’t believe how incredibly difficult it is to narrow all those wonderful applications down to only 2.  It is just agonizing.  (If I were Bill Gates – I would have selected everyone!).   It was so hard we couldn’t do it.  So we ended up with 4 new Gardeners.  So here they are in A-B-C order (as my dd’s would say).

It would be lovely if you could pop on over and say “hi”.  They all have such wonderful blogs, you won’t be sorry.

And don’t forget about our current design team members:  Amber at the Country StamperTangii at the inking spot of Crain Creations, and   Tricia at Simply Stamping

 And of course we hope the ever popular Mel from Mel Stampz will pop by every now and again!

So…. any interest in the card? 

 I thought I’d share my cheap, no air pollution, no compressor required method for creating colored backgrounds for images.


First I stamped my image (from the Crafty Secrets Garden Girls clear set) and cut it out and embossed it with the Spellbinders Labels 3 die.  I wanted an antique look, so I inked around the edges with Antique Linen Distress ink.  (Ink a duster brush and tap off the excess on scrap paper.  Then brush from off the edge of the paper toward the center – turning the image and re-inking as necessary).


I colored my image with Copics (you are not going to believe this – but I nicely arranged all the Copics I used to share them with you.  Then put them all back in their little stand – completely forgetting to actually take the picture of them!!  Ugghh….)

I also stamped and cut out a mask using Eclipse paper.  This looks like a pain, but I save the masks (stick it to the back of the stamp sheet).  So next time I don’t have to cut it out again.


I put the mask and the frame in place on the image.  Then I used my trusty duster brushes and Distress Inks to add blue sky and green grass.  To fill in the color, ink the duster brush and pounce it on scrap to get a good amount of the ink off (so you don’t get splotches).  Then pounce on the image.  You can keep re-inking and pouncing to build up the color to the darkness you want.  I used Stormy Sky on top, Peeled Paint on the bottom – allowing them to blend together where they meet.


Then just remove the mask (save it!) and the cutting die.  I wipe the cutting die with a baby wipe to make sure I don’t leave any ink on it for next time. 

So there is my cheap, no air gun, no pollution method.  I have done this with many different inks, but Distress Ink is my favorite.  I find it easier to work with and I can get nice even coverage (plus I love the colors – have you seem the new ones? – They are on sale right now too!)

I should be working in my real garden like this little girly.  Its been so warm here ( 89 degrees today!) that the garden is way ahead of me.  But my yellow magnolia tree is just beautiful.

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