I love this Neat & Tangled stamp. I am so excited to use it on some different projects. When I got it, I knew that sometime I would have to make some cards with it because it's just so awesome. There are several sentiment stamps with the set and I used one of those to send a little "happy card" to my friend MarLeah. :)
I wanted to color in the geometric shapes inside the map design, but didn't want to use a lot of colors. So I chose hot pink, blue, and lime green and kinda bled them together as I was painting. I didn't want a "perfect" look. And I love how it turned out. I stamped with StazOn in so the image didn't smear once I put the watercolors on, and I used watercolor paper to stamp/paint/diecut. Using the watercolor paper made it so that the image didn't warp from the water.
The matching diecut gives the perfect amount of space around the map shape. I am so happy I bought that metal diecut (to use in my Cuttlebug).
I am not a plain embellishing type person. At first when I placed only the map diecut on the card, I thought, "This is way too plain! I need to add something!" That something turned out to be the little word stickers from Studio Calico's "Wanderlust" collection. I have two packs of those words and I will be so sad when they're all gone. :'( I also added some more texture with the machine stitching. Always one of my standby techniques.
Does anyone you know need a cheering up? Here is your sign-- go make them a card and give it to them. Let them know you're thinking of them. Spread some kindness. :)