Homemade ‘turn-about’ style stamping & Pearl Embossing – WOW! August Challenge

Last month I won the WOW! monthly challenge with my watercolour floral card, (I’m still in shock!!) The prize was a voucher to use on the WOW! online shop, so I ordered myself a new stamp set and a few new embossing powders, they arrived within a couple of days so I had the chance to use some of them for a special card before leaving for our holiday!

I wanted to make a special card for a friend who has recently had a baby, so I made this rainbow shaker card to celebrate the birth of a special rainbow baby boy.

I started by using watercolour paints to make the rainbow that forms the back of the shaker windows, then I set this aside to dry whilst I worked on the design of the main portion of the front of the card.

I wanted to have a go at making a turn-about stamp style pattern. Turn-about stamps are made by Concord & 9th, they are stamped 4 times using a stamping tool with the paper being turned 90° to the right each time. This creates a repeating background, and if you use a different colour ink each time you stamp you will get what a pattern that looks perfectly random.

This is how I made the pattern, feel free to skip to the green section if you want to!

I wanted to try to get the same effect using a few of my smaller image and sentiment stamps. I started with a 5 inch square piece of card stock, which I split into quarters and put into my stamping platform. I placed all of the stamps I wanted to use inside one of the quarters, making sure to have them facing different directions, then I picked them up onto the perspex lid.

Once I had decided on the layout in that first quarter I stamped it out another 3 times, rotating the paper clockwise each time. This then creates a master copy of the pattern that I can use to set up these same stamps whenever I want to make the same background again.

If you keep all of the stamps in this position and use different inks for each turn, you will get a background that has each quarter a different colour.

You can take this a step further by using the key you have created to put each of the stamps on their positions in different quarters. I have tried to illustrate what I mean, but basically you would end up with your stamps randomly dotted about over the 5 inch square, but because you have used the key you know that each time you rotate your paper your images will never clash.

This is how I created the background for this card, but rather than using different ink colours I used Versamark then embossed with a different powder. You just need to make sure you heat set the powders for every turn. It’s also important to remember which way you need to rotate, so I put a small number 1-4 in each corner to help me keep track.

Once I had my finished background I die cut Archie out of it, then stuck some acetate to the back of it to create the ‘windows’ for my shaker. I added some pretty heart confetti and used foam tape to create a barrier and attach the rainbow watercolour piece behind. I used some really strong double sided tape to attach this whole shaker element to the front of a 6 inch square kraft card blank. I wanted to add even more interest to the card so I swiped a Versamark pad against all of the edges and heat set some more White Pearl powder. I love the colour it creates when used on Kraft!

I really like the overall look of the shaker, the rainbow, the different embossing powders and that pearly border but I just don’t think it was quite extra enough for me so I decided to kick it up a gear!

I made it a tri-fold card by just gluing together 2 card blanks so that they created an extra ‘page’ that was unveiled once the shaker front was opened. I cut another 5 inch square piece of card stock in white and re-stamped my’ turnabout’ design, but this time I used my Distress Oxide pads to create a Rainbow effect using some tiny ink daubers to add 2 colours onto each stamp. I heat set the stamping and then ink blended more of the rainbow oxide ink across the whole piece.

I stamped out some animal characters from a Lawn Fawn set and watercoloured them. Once completely dry and cut out I used some Ranger Glossy Accents to cover them. I usually leave this to dry overnight, so I finished putting the card together the following day.

I’m honestly really happy with how it turned out! I was trying to decide whether to make a more mature card or go cute with fun critters, I didn’t know which to do so I went full on with both this time!!

What sort of designs do you think are better for a New Baby card? Do you go for something aimed at the new parents or a more childlike design?

This month’s WOW! challenge is Pearl & this works great for that, so I will be submitting this as my entry.

Once we are back from our holiday I will be trying out the other new things I bought with my winnings, including a gorgeous stamp set. I’ve never tried one of their stamps before so I’m looking forward to testing them out.

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  • Neenah Classic Crest – Solar White
  • Neenah Dessert Storm environmental card stock
  • Tim Holtz Stamping Platform
  • Avery Elle – Simple Sentiments
  • Concord & 9th – Best Mail Ever
  • Lawn Fawn – Year Four, Hippo Birdie to you
  • Versamark ink pad
  • WOW! Embossing Powders
    • White Pearl
    • Oyster Glintz
    • Rose Glintz
    • Opaque Bright White
  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth
  • Mozart Watercolour Paints
  • Royal & Langnickel Zen watercolour brushes
  • Distress Oxide Ink
    • Candied Apple
    • Carved Pumpkin
    • Squeezed Lemon
    • Twisted Citron
    • Salty Ocean
    • Wilted Violet
  • Unbranded Foam Tape and double sided tape
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Ranger Matte Multi Media

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