Raised Watercolor Focal Image Card

I saw a similar example of this technique on Tina Zwick’s site. I started with a kid’s coloring paper pad under my paper to absorb the inks and give me a cushion to stamp on.
You’ll need an acrylic block that is square, ( mine was a 2 1/2″ square block), and a cutting die of the same size. I found that really juicy ink pads worked for this technique better than less wet pads. I used Stampin’ Up ink pads in Crumb Cake and Tip Top Taupe. I found that they were too similar in color so added Distress Ink in Old Paper to the bottom lighter portion so it added a more green color to the mix..
You’ll need to ink the acrylic block, half with one color and the other half with the other color. After the block is inked, add water to it and then move the inks around so the whole block has water and ink, then stamp it on the top left corner of paper that is 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″. You’ll need to dry your paper or wait for it to be completely dry, and then using your die cutter, cut the square out.
I put fun foam on the back of the square I cut out (and should have waited until later to do this as I needed to stamp over this square.)
I used a Friend Phrase old Stampin’ Up red rubber stamp as a background image and stamped it on the paper I’d cut the square out of.  I inked it with the same Crumb Cake ink from earlier and put the stamp face up on my desk and laid the paper over it, then added a scrap paper over it so I could rub my hand over it to transfer the words to my paper.
I used an old red rubber fern stamp from Rubber Stampede #A2490E and inked it with Memento Olive Grove and Stampin Up’s Always Artichoke then stamped it on my card front with the square put back into it’s hole. I had to put another piece of fun foam under the bottom section of the card to ensure I could stamp the fern evenly over the square I’d cut out and the rest of the card front. I added washi tape to the square to hold it in place, and had  previously rubbed the washi tape on my clothes and skin to make it less sticky so it wouldn’t tear my image. I stamped the fern in three different spots on the card with two of them stamped so they were partially on the square. I laid my card front on a piece of 4 x 5 1/4″ tall craft colored card stock, then put them on a card base that was 5 1/2″ tall x 4 1/4″ wide.
I used a sentiment set from My Creative Times called Many Greetings that has a greeting for the outside and the inside of the card. I stamped a sentiment in Always Artichoke from Stampin’ Up on the inside and outside of the card, then took linen thread from Stampin’ Up, and wrapped it around the first two layers of paper three times and then tied it into a knot.
I decorated the envelope with a fern stamp from pegstamps.com. Here’s a link to it. http://tinyurl.com/yb3seq9o
I wanted to update you on the stamp cleaning video I’d done. I used a jar with a lid that can be partially open that you can find at any Walmart or Dollar General.  Here’s one I found on ebay http://tinyurl.com/yace5vbw.   I put a piece of Tim Holtz’s Rub it Scrub it (link– http://tinyurl.com/y9hxp9j4) and a piece of an Absorber towel (link: http://tinyurl.com/ybgx6xnr) inside.  I add a little of my homemade stamp cleaning spray to wet it, and I really like how convenient this system is on my desk. I’ll link the stamp cleaning video to the end of this one.

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