Watch this mind-blowing stamp masking trick. Plus get ideas for floral borders, frame, and centerpiece cards. Welcome to the Tonic Studios Happy Hibiscus Blog Hop + Giveaway!
If you made your way here from my friend Seeka‘s blog you have arrived at the start of the hop. Hang with us for loads of inspiration! For more information head over to the Tonic Studios site (UK and US).
Check out this mind-blowing masking trick for easy stamping. In addition, I share how to design a watercolor floral border card, CAS floral centerpiece, and no-color floral border card. Watch here or in HD on YouTube. While you’re there I’d love it if you like, subscribe, and share with your crafty friends.
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Stamp Club Happy Hibiscus
Happy Hibiscus has joined the Tonic Studios Stamp Club with an innovative Stamp and Die Bundle. The large stamp can be used as a background stamp or cut apart to create a floral frame and bouquet, resulting in three uses for one stamp. It’s not a twofer, it’s a threefer!
Did you know Tonic Studios releases a monthly stamp on the last Friday of every month? The Stamp Club is not a subscription-based program. Happy Hibiscus is sold as a stamp and die bundle and quantity is limited. So get yours before it’s gone!
Easy Stamp Masking Trick
This easy masking trick is something I frequently do with sentiment stamps. However, it never occurred to me to use it on a background stamp. The Tonic Studios Happy Hibiscus stamp and die set are perfect for this technique.
The Happy Hibiscus Die set is unique in that it perfectly die cuts a floral arrangement from the center of the A2 sized floral background stamp. I don’t think I’ve seen this design before. Have you?
In the card below, I was able to use that to my advantage to easily mask off the center of the floral background stamp. Watch the video to see the trick. I masked the stamp instead of the cardstock.
While this stamp and die are unique, this masking trick can be used with any background stamp. Simply, use a rectangle, square, circle, or any shape die to cut a mask.
Now I know what you’re thinking, what’s the advantage of masking the stamp vs. the cardstock? Well for one, it’s easier to pinpoint the exact area of the stamp you want to mask.
And two, you reduce the chance of smearing ink on the card panel because you remove the mask from the stamp, not the cardstock.
Watercolor Floral Border Card
Hang with me in the video for this watercolor floral border card. But, don’t worry if coloring isn’t your thing I also share a card design without any coloring.
My favorite watercolor paper is Saunders Waterford High White Cold Press paper. Pigments move beautifully and it’s the whitest 100% artist grade watercolor paper I’ve found.
For the leaves, I used Daniel Smith watercolor mixtures with a base color of Phthalo Turquoise. For the flowers, I used mixtures with Quinacridone Rose base color. The specific mixtures are discussed in the video.
I’m in the midst of doing watercolor mixing studies and will share videos on those soon. Here’s a sneak peak of my Phthalo Turquoise swatches.
Finally, I die-cut black cardstock with one of the sentiment dies and added Nuvo Midas Touch Aqua Shimmer Pen for amazing sparkle.
Copic Floral Centerpiece
Create the perfect floral centerpiece for a clean and simple card with this little hibiscus stamp. I love it when small stamps steal the show. Don’t you?
First, I created the background with Nuvo Russian White Crackle Mousse and CZ Design Stencils Simple Pattern Trio. This was my first time using Crackle Mousse and I love the effect. I didn’t take the mousse all the way down to the bottom of the stencil to leave room for the sentiment.
No Coloring Floral Border Card
If coloring isn’t your jam, then this floral border card design is for you! First, I stamped the full background stamp with Obsidian Pigment Ink on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80 lb cardstock.
Later, I messed up a single flower on the panel. So, I trimmed off a strip for this card. Next, I tore a scrap of green cardstock and a piece of Altenew Many Dots Washi Tape and adhered them to the card. Lastly, I stamped a sentiment from the set and called this clean and simple no coloring card done.
I’d love to know which card is your favorite and whether or not you’ve masked your stamp in the comments.
・・・ Thank You ・・・
One lucky winner will win a £50/$50 gift card to Tonic Studios and the Happy Hibiscus bundle.
To enter, comment on every blog in the hop by 11:59 pm PST on November 25th. The winner will be announced on November 27th on Instagram and Facebook so make sure you’re following all Tonic accounts!
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4 WATERCOLOR BRUSH MISTAKES TO AVOID
Need help with watercolor? I’m sharing four watercolor brush mistakes to avoid and tons of watercolor tips.
Plus, just look at those adorable gnomies! Learn more in the post/video.
Channin Pelletier is the next artist to delight you with floral inspiration. Don’t miss any crafty goodness, the full list is below.
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