Hi everyone! Hope summer has been treating you well so far - whether it be summer break from school, beautiful weather for dinners al fresco, or some nice gardening getting some sun loving! Can you tell I really love this time of year?? ;) Here's a random photo of some arugula I recently harvested from my garden! Any arugula lovers out there? To me, eating and smelling the peppery leaves will always remind me of the month I spent in Venice. It might seem crazy, but the smell of arugula will always be the smell of Italy for me.
Anyway, enough of my babbling - today I pulled together a set of cards where I tried something new (for me): adding twine to stamped images for dimension and interest.
The lollipop stamps I'm using today are a new set from The Alley Way Stamps called Brain Freeze. But really you just need any stamp with a basic circle shape - so maybe centers of flowers, geometric patterns... go through your stamp sets and find anything that looks like it'll work! :) I stamped three lollipops onto a postage stamp die cut (which I had two extra from these lunchbox note cards) and colored them in quickly with Copics so that any parts not covered in twine would still have color.
To make the bakers twine stay in these swirly shapes, I used Mod Podge. It dries clear, and a huge bottle is really cheap - it's a great adhesive to have on hand! I will warn you - this gets really messy. You'll basically be dipping the twine into the glue and spread it around with your fingers and then shape this gluey mess into a swirl shape. It can be a little challenging, but just take it slow! The results are so cool and unique. I decided to make two cards instead of one because if you're getting your fingers all messy, you might as well get two cards out of it, right?
To finish it off, I sketched a quick outline in black pen, and then added a white heat embossed sentiment on a cardstock strip. I made two card bases that measure 4.25"x4.25" and cut some patterned paper backgrounds out of a My Minds Eye 6x6 pad that is full of bright and fun patterns that I thought would go perfectly with the lollipops.
Here's the video to watch the full process:
I hope you challenge yourself to get messy and try this technique. :)