Saturday, July 13, 2019

Stamp Focus: Graphic Brushstrokes

Hello friends!
It is my turn to share Stamp Focus with you over Altenew Card Blog.
I am delighted to share 4 creative ways of using this versatile "Graphic Brushstrokes Stamp Set" from July release. It is such a cool stamp that the more I experiment with it, the more I love it!

 My first card is a colorful one with a shaker card element.  To achieve successful inking is to use a stamp positioner such as MISTI. That way, you can stamp repeatedly to get the perfect inking.


I stamped the Graphic Brushstrokes in various colors. For the yellow, I used Vanilla Cream and Honey Drizzle. For the orange, I stamped it in Sunkissed, Orange Cream and Autumn Blaze. I then stamped the green in Volcano and Emerald.


Once I was pleased with the background, I die cut the smallest Nesting Labels Die Set. I then saved the small die and stamped "xoxo" with Sentiment Strips After placing sequins on top, I added acetate with foam tape and placed it over the small label die.  You can make your shaker element as large or small as you like.  For the embellishment, I used Pocketful of Sunshine Enamel Dots.

With the similar approach, my 2nd card is softer and has a bit of added dimension. I stamped the background in Sea Glass, Eastern Sky, Mountain Mist and Volcano Lake. Be mindful when you add each new color. It is helpful to stamp on a piece of scrap paper first before you stamp on the card stock. This way, you can check to see if the colors are nicely blended.
 After stamping the background, I took the smallest graphic stamp in this set and applied Antique Silver Embossing Powder.  The sentiment strip was stamped in Grey Denim. I love it when you can use an intricate die to create your own embellishment. In this case, I die cut a piece of vellum from Leaf Cluster Die Set.

For my 3rd card, I created a floral card with "Graphic Brushstrokes".
Here are my process photo:

After stamping the background  (Baby Pink, Iceberg, Lime and Shadow Creek), I white-embossed the floral image from "Forever in Love" Stamp & Die Bundle.

 This resulted in a fun and colorful graphic card. With the same colors, I also stamped the borders to make the design more cohesive.

I strongly encourage you to give this Graphic Brushstrokes a try if you love the modern and trendy look!

All sentiment were stamped in Obsidian Pigment Ink. Perfectly black every time!


 I also want to point out that "Graphic Brushstrokes" complement beautifully with floral images. Notice how I used it for the sentiment with Pen Sketched Stamp set? I am re-sharing it in case you miss seeing it in the release blog hop.

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Denise Bryant said...

Pretty cards! I really love the Graphic Brushstrokes card! Love the combination of colors you used!

Greta said...

Such pretty colors using the brushstrokes, Virginia & love what unique cards you made! The Pen Sketched card is making me add that set to my wishlist!

Harriet said...

You have outdone yourself, unusual stamp, great colors!

conil said...

LOVE the versatility of this set so you've talked me into buying it (plus a couple of other things, lol). You, clearly, had a lot of fun coming up with these awesome cards. Love the shaker and patterned paper idea. Using it as a border is a brilliant idea.

Sue D said...

Pretty and creative.