Hopefully you arrived here from Lisa Arana's blog, but if not, no worries. I'm glad you made it, and the whole blog hop list is posted at the end of this post.
I'm thrilled to be invited to participate in this hop with so many amazing artists and to celebrate and feature Unity Stamps and the MISTI.
The MISTI and I have have been friends longer than I have been friends with Unity Stamps. I met MISTI in 2014, and have been in love ever since. Since my purchase of the Original MISTI from My Sweet Petunia, I have added a few more MISTIs to the family. I now own all three sizes: The Mini, The Original and the 12x12 Memory MISTI. And I love them all.
I just met Unity Stamp Company last summer. And Unity Stamps has been in close and frequent contact with my wallet and I ever since. LOL I can't help it. Their stamps have amazing designs and quality and there's so many of them. Since I was so late to the party, I have a lot of catching up to do, right?
Now put the MISTI and Unity Stamps together? That's a whole lot of love.
Unity Stamps has fabulous quality red rubber stamps to start with, but you know how it's sometimes difficult to get a nice even impression on a larger stamp on textured watercolored paper?
No problem with MISTI.
Look how nicely these images from Happy Snail Mail stamped on 140# paper with Versafine Black Onyx ink!
I love to watercolor with all kinds of mediums. But one of my favorite techniques is to do no-line painting. Here's how the MISTI helps me do that.
I'm using the stamp from the Phyllis Harris kit Realize here. Since my watercolor paper stays tucked in the top corner of my MISTI and my stamp doesn't shift, I am able to selectively ink areas of the stamp with Distress Inks.
I can easily blur out the sharper lines of Distress ink with a wet brush to begin painting. I continue to add more color back in, by picking up more Distress Ink from a palette with my paintbrush.
When I am finished with my painting, I trimmed my watercolor paper down using a stitched rectangle die. I have cut it just so I can mat it with black cardstock and it will go on a colored card base.
I place it back into my MISTI to add a perfectly straight sentiment.
I've placed a sheet of gridded plastic over my card front. This is a perfect way to make sure your stamps are aligned properly and are perfectly straight.
I have stamped the sentiment that comes with the Realize stamp kit. But I feel like the girl is searching the horizon for, or waiting for someone, so I want to find a sentiment that is a bit more "thinking of you". So I wipe it off my plastic and try again.
Now I am trying the sentiment from Present in My Heart. I love the sentiment, but I've decided that this sentiment is a bit too large, and my girl that I've painted, since she is quite centered, is competing for space. So I again, clean off the plastic and try a different one.
This sentiment is also from Present in My Heart, and this is the winner for this image.
Since I've stamped her right in the middle, I needed to find a smaller, simple sentiment.
And I this is it. And since I like where I'd placed and tested the stamp, all I have to do is remove the plastic grid, make sure my card front is tucked in the top corner and re-ink the stamp and close the lid. I already know it's in the right spot!
And there it is. So now I can assemble.
This watercolor uses the sentiment kit Girl Truly. I love these kits. There is a large selection of sentiments and the fonts are always so pretty. And these Peonies... I love Peonies. For this card, I used my Misti to selectively ink my image, avoiding stamping the scattering of dots that surrounded the flowers on the large stamp. This allowed me to have just a crisp black image to watercolor. I was able to ink it twice easily to make sure the image was perfectly and evenly stamped. This watercolor was done with Zig markers on Bristol smooth card stock.
And my final card for today is another peony. This is one of my favorite florals from Unity Stamps. It's from the kit Rebuild Your Life. This one is also selectively inked; the bloom separately from the stem. After inking the two colors, I re-inked the whole stamp with Versamark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I love to be able to stamp in any color and clear emboss so much that I hardly ever use any of my colored embossing powders anymore. Since this image was on kraft card stock, I chose Prismacolor pencils and colored the bloom with french grays and white.
That's it from me today, but theres SOOOO much more to see. Your next stop on the hop should be Maria Levine's blog.
Make sure you hop the whole amazing list of participants today and leave them a little love. It will make their day to hear from you.
And speaking of making someone day... here's the nitty gritty on some amazing prize opportunities for you!
The name of everyone who leaves a comment on all the blogs in the hop will go into a drawing for some amazing prizes. THREE lucky winners will receive both a prize pack from Unity Stamp Company AND their choice of an Original or Mini MISTI from My Sweet Petunia. Comments must be posted before 12:00 noon central time on May 30th to be eligible. Winners will be posted on both the Unity Blog and the My Sweet Petunia blogs on May 31st.
Here is the whole list of blog hop participants:
Chris Dayton - you are here