I’m a huge Laura Bassen fan and love how she stamps images coming from off the page; check out these couple of examples using the bike from Beautiful Ride – here and here. Aren’t they cute and Laura gets such depth and color in her cards which I adore. Well for today I thought I’d try stamping the bike coming in off the page and color it in soft watercolors, because well you know me and soft colors in general and watercolors in particular LOL. All supplies are linked at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used.
I stamped the bike and basket in Fog ink on Arches watercolor card. You can use the Simon Says Stamp dye inks with watercolor and the Fog ink gives subtle detail without dominating. I then stamped a few of the flower bunches coming from the basket. I started by loosely watercoloring (see below for colors) a background in pinks, purples and blues and then added detail to the bike and flowers. I colored the bunches of flowers again in a loose style and then gave the impression of more flowers cascading from the basket. When dry I cut the panel with a Stitched Rectangle.
The sentiment is stamped in Clear Embossing ink on Lavender card, white heat embossed, trimmed in to a banner and then foam mounted over the watercolor. I added a couple of Lucy Abrams lovely sequins and then mounted on a Fog card base.
This card reminds me of our recent trip to the Netherlands where literally thousands of bikes buzz around Amsterdam every day. Checking statistics, there are 800,000 bikes in Amsterdam with 63% of residents using them on a daily basis! Almost half of traffic in the city centre is via bike. The bikes we saw while visiting were of this traditional more upright style than the racing style bikes I see more in the UK and most had crates or baskets attached too :D
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