Welcome to Stampin' Addicts Retiring Stamps Blog Hop. Many wonderful stamps are retiring the end of May and we are showcasing some of our favorites. I chose the set Nature's Nest. The intricate details are well suited to a variety of techniques.
My first project is a turtle pin. Seeing it in person it is hard to believe it made of paper. It looks like it belongs in an art boutique!
To make this I stamped the image three times on Shimmery White cardstock and used re-inkers to watercolor one of them. I layered them on top of each other with Mod-Podge and while it was still wet shaped the turtle into a life-like pose. Finally I covered it with Crystal Effects and added a pin back.
The gift box is made with the retiring Matchbox Big Shot die. For the seashell I stamped the image on vellum cardstock, lightly washed it with three colors of reinkers and coated it with Crystal Effects. While it was still wet I sprinkled on a light dusting of blue SuperNova Glitter (also retiring). The grass is green SuperNova glitter too. (You can click on the photo to make it larger to see the details.)
Next are dragonfly window decorations. These remind me of the oodles of homeschool projects we did when the kids were younger; we always decorated the house with art work related to what we were studying.
I have these on the windows of my craft room and they look so life-like. Again I used staz-on ink stamped on vellum cardstock and colored them with markers. Markers blend beautifully on the vellum.
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