Thursday, March 7, 2019

Grape Ape

Hi stampers!  Ok so I didn't color this gorilla purple but I did use some Gorgeous Grape so it works, right?  Who remember The Great Grape Ape?  I'm not sure if I ever actually watched it but I remember seeing him.  Anyway, I guess he inspired this card here!

I love how our sets can be used beyond the original intent.  This set, Hey Love is mainly geared for Valentine's Day but I didn't get much use out of it before it was over (oops).  So, I repurposed this guy here just to say hi!

I colored him in with some Watercolor Pencils on Watercolor Paper.  Unfortunately, the second set of pencils isn't currently available but you could use ink just as easily.  Then, I did some layering.  I pulled in another Valentine item, the Be Mine Stitched Dies, for the background.  Did you know that a few of these dies don't actually cut on their own, but make a fun stitched design on your paper.  Great for backgrounds like this!  Occasionally I see people think that they have faulty dies but some of ours are meant to act like this!

Side note:  Isn't he just the cutest?  My sentiment is from the Well Said Stamp Set.  Don't forget about all the tiny words in all of your stamp sets!  They can find a home on any card!

And a tip for coloring.  I typically use my retired basic black ink to color with.  I ink in Versamark first and then into my black and heat emboss with clear powder.  I assume you could do this with Stazon as well.  People often ask if it affects my ink pad and I have never had any trouble.  I have a much easier time watercoloring when I emboss because it creates a little raised edge to hold the water and colors separate.

That's it for today!  Don't forget to use this set outside of Valentine's Day and pull other Valentine items in for everyday cards!

Happy stamping!

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