I used Stampin' Up!'s watercolor paper as my main image backdrop. TIP: You should be able to do this on any color cardstock–I just happen to like the texture of watercolor paper with watercolored images. The Spring Solitude "sprig" was inked in a myriad of greens, each time misting with water and then stamping on the watercolor paper (cleaning in between colors). Nice. Soft. I then adhered it to River Rock and Always Artichoke card stock. Some Old Olive eyelets accent the corners, installed precisely with my Crop-A-Dile.
The triple flower image was stamped repeatedly in River Rock ink on the same colored card stock to create a background. I next adhered it to an Always Artichoke card base. The banner is a quick trip of Old Olive card stock and a Swiss Dots embossing folder through my handy dandy Cuttlebug.
The sentiment is an Always Artichoke "smile" layered over a River Rock bird. It's punched with a 1" circle punch and layered on Old Olive and Always Artichoke circles. TIP: I arranged the circles uniquely to give it a more modern, edgier feel.
Let me know what you think and please give this easy technique a try.
Hugs and Pretties . . . . Mary
Stamp Set: Spring Solitude Bundle (Hostess Level II, 111127), Textboxed (Papertrey Ink, sentiment)
Paper: Always Artichoke (105119), River Rock (108640), Old Olive (100702), Watercolor Paper (105019)
Ink: Always Artichoke(105219), River Rock (109010), Old Olive (102277), Certainly Celery (105217)
Cool Tools: 1" (109046), 1 1/4" (104403)and 1 3/8" (104401)Circle Punches, Crop-A-Dile (108362), Cuttlebug
The Perfect Touch: Earth Elements Eyelets (100381), Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (Swiss Dots)
Inspiration: Splitcoast Stampers Ways to Use It Challenge WT159