On my Groovy Give-Away post where I asked you to leave me questions, Vicky asked: What is your favorite technique?
One of my favorite techniques is what I call "swiping." And no, for those of you that have been subjected to the horrors of having to watch "Dora the Explorer," this has nothing to do with Swiper the fox. ;)
This is basically the "direct to paper" technique, but used in a swiping manner.
You simply take your ink pad and put it directly on the cardstock and then swipe it across the cardstock. Sometimes, I'll even put the pad fully on top of the cardstock and drag it across for full coverage of the cardstock, which is what I did on the card you see here.
I used a piece of vellum to go over the big flourish, just to tone down the bright white I had showing with all of the flourishes. I also swiped the vellum, as well. My favorite color to swipe with is Creamy Caramel. It's not too dark, but not too light either. It's the perfect shade for adding a distressed and aged look to almost any cardstock. I used this color on ALL of the cardstocks I used for this card, including the vellum.
My love flourishes....and my favorite set to use for flourishes is the Flourishes set from Tuscan Rose. There are 13 stamps on this set and I love the little corner flourishes that come in this set. I really like to use these stamps with white ink on darker cardstocks.
Swiping is one of those easy but classic techniques that I go back to again and again. It'll never get old for me. It'll always be in style for me.
Have a wonderful Monday!
Stamps: Flourishes (Tuscan Rose) and Wonderful Words (Stampin' UP); Cardstock: Close to Cocoa, Barely Banana, Purely Pomegranate, Vellum paper; Ink: Whisper White Craft ink, Basic Brown and Creamy Caramel Classic ink; 1/16" hole punch; brushed gold mini brads (Making Memories);