Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Spring Scene . . .in Holland!

It's Tuesday which means it's my day to share a project created for Topflight Stamps This week my teammates and I are celebrating Spring and/or Mother's Day. Since the trees, dandelions, tulips, and hyacinths are starting to bloom, I opted to celebrate spring with my card. 

Over thirty years ago, I spent part of April and May visiting my husband in Holland. He was there for work for three months and I took a leave of absence to join him and we spent weekends sightseeing, visiting gardens, windmills, museums, and different towns. Honestly, it could not have been a more perfect time to visit! Everything was in bloom and as we traveled mostly by train, we were astonished by the fields of tulips stretching from the tracks to the horizon. The rows were grouped by color and were just amazing. 

I certainly prattled on there, but I did want you to know why when I saw the Art  By Marlene Go Dutch #16 Clear Stamp Set by Studio Light, I had to buy it. When I found out that this week's theme was Spring, I had to use it.

Here's the card.

Topflight Stamps Products Used:

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Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Blue and Red Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Watercolor Paper by Strathmore®
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Copic® Markers:
   Skin: BV0000, BV000, E50, E21, E11, E000, E00, R20, R22
   Hair: Y11, Y21, Y26
   Outfit: B02, B04, B16, R24, R39, Y13, Y19, C0, C2, C4
   Wooden Shoes: E21, E23
   Basket: E51, E53, E55, E7
   Tulips: Y13, Y19
   Windmill: E70, E71, E74, R22, R35, B12, B26, B34, B37, YR31
Grass Green and Pink Chalk Pencils by General's® Pencils
Red, White, Yellow UniPosca Brush Paint Pens by Mitsubishi Pencil Co. Ltd.
5" x 7" Card Creator Nestabilities™ Die Set by Spellbinders®
Stamping Platform
STAY-tion™ by Wendy Vecchi for Ranger Ink
Post-It Notes® by 3M

  1. Use blue cardstock to create a 5" x 7" card. Set aside.
  2. Use Memento ink to stamp the Dutch girl and the windmill from the Go Dutch Stamp Set with Memento ink onto Neenah cardstock. 
  3. Fussy-cut  and color the images with Copic markers then edge them with a dark marker. Set aside.
  4. Sprinkle a bit of a bit of Cobalt and White Brusho Crystals onto watercolor paper, spritz with water, then use a paper towel to spread the color horizontally. Heat set.
  5. Tear some cardstock, then brush Rainforest and Evergreen Prism Ink over the top of the torn cardstock onto the background paper. 
  6. Move the torn edge down a bit, then the colors were brushed over the edge again. 
  7. Repeat Step #6 until the grassy part of the background is complete. Heat set.
  8. Since the windmill from had so many wonderful details that I didn't want to lose, I wanted to stamp it onto the completed background.
  9. The background was secured to the base of my stamping platform with magnets and the windmill was positioned facedown on the background..
  10. I also positioned the happy little sun from the Art By Marlene Marlene's World Happy Birthday Clear Stamp Set facedown onto the background.
  11. The lid of the platform was pressed onto the back of the stamps, lifted, and inked with Onyx Black VersaFine ink.
  12. Both images were stamped. VersaFine ink creates such a wonderful clean impression. 
  13. I then stamped the sun again onto a scrap of watercolor paper
  14. The stamped background was removed from the platform and it and the spare sun were heat set to prevent smudging.
  15. Sprinkle Yellow Brusho crystals onto a craft sheet and spritz with water.
  16. Use a paintbrush and diluted Brusho crystals to paint the sun that was on the watercolor paper. 
  17. Fussy-cut the sun and edge it with a dark marker.
  18. Now that the windmill is stamped onto the background,  add a worn grassy path to the windmill's door by putting two Post-It Notes on diagonals stretching from each bottom edge of the door to the base of the panel then sponge Evergreen Prism Ink between the Post-It Notes onto the background . 
  19. Use dark green chalk pencil to add some shading under the windmill and where the girl will stand. 
  20. Adhere the fussy-cut and colored windmill and happy sun over their counterparts on the background. Also adhere the girl.
  21. Use the red paint pen to add color to the hearts. 
  22. Use the white paint pen was used over the stamped sun rays, allow the paint to dry, then apply yellow paint pen was applied overtop.
  23. Use one of the Nestabilities dies to cut the scene, then edge with blue and green markers.
  24. Use a larger Nestabilities die to cut the red cardstock.
  25. Mat the image panel with the red die-cut panel.
  26. Adhere the matted card front to the reserved card.
Thanks for visiting today! 

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