This card was done with a technique demonstrated by Tasnim Ahmed in Clean and Simple 3. It involves stamping an elaborate stamp with light-colored ink , tracing the design with a metallic gel pen, and then coloring in the design.
This technique was fun to do, and looks great — but it was a lot harder than it looks! You need a steady hand to trace all those lines carefully. I practiced it a couple times on scrap paper first, and still made mistakes.
This stamp is from one of the first sets I ever bought, and it’s still one of my favorites — Inkadinkado’s Organic Fabric Flourishes. It has this flourish, several flowers and a paisley swoop, all in this detailed kind of mehndi style. I come back to it again and again. I used a Uni-Ball gel pen, and colored the stamp with Promarkers.
The sentiment is a foam stamp I’ve had also, from the beginning — All Night Media, maybe? I don’t remember. Tasnim actually recommended using a plain, block text sentiment, so as not to compete with the flourish. I wanted to try something more elaborate. I have to admit Tasnim was probably right, but what’s done is done, and it looks OK.
The card is a pre-scored card from Recollections, and the paper has little gold flecks in it. I thought that would go well with the gold outline.
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