Hi and welcome back to a new project for Nathalie Kalbach’s Creative Squad. I’m playing with Nathalie’s new stamps My Home is my Castle. Have you seen them yet?
I was in the mood for some Distress Oxide fun, so I grabbed three tags and started coloring them in. My favorite technique is ink smooshing. For that I used three colors of Distress Oxide from the same color family and smooshed one after another onto my craft mat. Then I spritzed a little water on top and dragged the tag through the ink, one color at the time. Between every color I heat set the ink. This way I always get an interesting and random background.
I colored all three tags in different color combinations, one in shiny yellow and orange, one in different blue shades and the third in a grungy green/ brown.
The next layer is using Distress Oxide again. This time I blended them with the Blending Tool through the Lily Wallpaper stencil. I used the same colors that I used for the ink smooshing so the flowers stay in the background.
Next up, I stamped some marks with parts of the Cross Circle stamp, again using the same colors for every tag.
I picked three of the houses, but ended up using just two of them. They are too wide for the tags, so I stamped them a little off. The Queen Anne house fit perfectly to the yellow/ orange tag and the Craftsman to the grungy green tag. I decided to use the sentiment “My Home is my Castle” for the blue tag.
At the end, I colored some areas of the houses with Faber Castell Pitt Pens. Mainly some shadows, but also light behind the windows and red for the door of the Craftsman. To add a shadow underneath the house (for a little more dimension), I used a black water color pencil. I also added a few white gel pen outlines here and there and then tied all the tags together.
Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to check out the new stamps, they are so much fun to play with!
And if you want to check out my latest project, hop on over to the n*studio blog.