The new challenge on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog is to use kraft paper, so I thought, how would Dazzles look on kraft paper? Not every kind of Dazzle would work, nothing too holographic or shiny, or modern-looking. More organic forms and colors. So I looked through my stash and this is what I came up with:
These fern stickers are a kind of soft pearlescent green, with gold trim. I affixed them, added the sentiment, then sponged the top left and bottom right corner with VersaMagic Aloe Vera chalk ink and Brilliance Galaxy Gold pigment ink (both by Tsukineko), to give it some depth.
Here’s another shot where you can see the pearlescent color better:
I also tried some copper-colored leaf stickers:
The leaves here were, again, more open than I anticipated, so once I placed the stickers, I carefully — oh so carefully — colored inside the stickers with Copic markers. They come out quite dark looking on kraft paper, so I used the strongest versions of each color I had — R46, YR68, Y06, and G07. The markers bled a tiny bit outside the borders of the stickers, but not fatally so.
The sentiment is from a Fiskars set called Make a Wish Quotes. It is birthday type sayings for, um, older people.
I’m finding Dazzles are not perfect — they are so thin and delicate that they can tear, buckle, or fail to adhere if you reposition them too much. It helps to pick them up and move them around with the tip of a kraft knife or tweezers instead of your big clumsy fingers. 😉 But if you respect them, and work with their limitations, you can get amazing results, and no one will know how easy it was!