A couple of weeks ago I created a card featuring a dancer from the Born To Shine Stamp Set. I said at the time that she looked like she was doing a latin-style dance. Today’s project uses the other dancer image from the same stamp set but this time she’s either a ballet dancer or perhaps a Scottish dancer. I’ll let you decide.
THE DANCER DECIDED
The general shape of this dancer image was perfect for a bookmark, so that’s the first project I ended up making with it.
I began with a 2″ x 5-1/2″ strip of Thick Whisper White Card and shaped the top using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.
Next I wiped the card with an Embossing Buddy to remove any oils and static from the surface. Then I used VersaMark ink to stamp the dancer and sprinkled it with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder. I tapped off the excess and removed a few stray specks before melting the rest with my Heat Tool Set on 2 (high).
With the dancer done I used some Stampin Sponge to add a very light layer of Seaside Spray ink around her. If I went a little into the dancer image I wasn’t too worried but I avoided that as much as I could.
Once the sponging was done I wiped the card with the embossing Buddy again then used VersaMark ink to stamp the “Dancing is like dreaming with your feet” sentiment. This time I sprinkled the sticky ink with Gold Stampin Emboss Powder and tapped off the excess. As before I removed a few stray specks of powder then melted the rest with my Heat Tool.
Now I could get on with colouring my dancer. I wanted to ‘paint’ her but instead of using ink pads I chose Stampin’ Write Markers. This was a simple process of using the brush tip of the marker to scribble some ink onto an acrylic block and then using my Aqua Painter to pick up the ink.
For the dress I chose Coastal Cabana ink from the Brights collection. For her hair, Sahara Sand, and for the shadow, Smoky Slate, both from the Neutrals collection. Finally for her skin I used Petal Pink from the Subtles collection.
After I’d painted I let everything dry, then I went back and painted a little more ink to add extra depth to the colours in some places.
Once I’d finished painting all that was left was to thread some Whisper White 5/8″ Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon through the slot and tie it in a simple knot.
I am so happy with how this dancer bookmark turned out. The combination of light sponging and painted ink creates a really dreamy feel don’t you think?
You can see the other project I made using the Born to Shine Stamp Set in my blog post Doing the rococo rumba.