I got the Waterfront stamp set when it first came out (last year?), but struggled with making a card that I liked. Every time I came across the use of it on a blog, I took mental notes. I even tried out Patty Bennett’s steps. Still didn’t like what I came up with.
I think I was being too “literal” or “precise” when I was building my scene. It is a scene building stamp. But, because it’s in a watercolor style, the scene building has to be conceptual. I was trying to fill in color everywhere, and that really didn’t work.
I tried it again to make a “thank you” card, and I like the current results. I forced myself to be a little bit “zen” about the whole process. 🙂
Ink: Mossy Meadow, Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Soft Suede, Basic Gray marker, Real Red marker
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White
Accessories: White shimmer embossing paste
For many of the images, I stamped in full strength, then stamped again and again until there was very little ink left on the stamp. For the ground and sky, I stamped off on scratch paper first (or even twice), before stamping onto my project. I just realized, in a way, that’s one way to watercolor: gradually add color until you have what you need.
I found that you don’t have to completely color in sections, either.
I was really afraid to add color to the sky. But, by stamping off twice first, I was able to add a little bit of color here and there. The suggestion of sky is all the card needed.
To finish off the scene, I added some White shimmer embossing paste to the ocean. Sparkle and texture.
Love it! I hope my friend likes it, too. 🙂
Too bad we couldn’t be next door, as I suggested on the card. But then, I’d be broke, because we would be enabling each other shopping, or something. 🙂
Did you know? This set must be popular, because there’s an additional set in the Holiday Catalog called Snow Front. Yep, you guessed it, you can use it to build snow scenes. I’ll bet the images complement those that are in the Waterfront stamp set. Now, I have the confidence that if I get the Snow Front stamp set, I’ll have better luck using it. Can’t wait!