I was inspired by the Tim Holtz "Blueprint Assortment" stamp set. I've had it for a while, but never got around to using it. And I thought this hop, along with the WRC theme was the perfect opportunity. I decided to go with the "Conversation Hearts" Sparkle Blend, because of the wide range of colors in it. There's blue, purple, orange, pink, red, yellow.....but they aren't super bold. The shades are softer, without being pastel. Perfect for a birthday card. Next I chose my Distress Oxides for the background. This is where the "Water Activated Ink" theme comes into play. Adding water to Distress Oxide ink causes the colors to oxidize and change into a beautiful chalky finish. I used Peacock Feathers, Worn Lipstick, Twisted Citron, Wilted Violet, and Fossilized Amber. I applied the colors to my craft mat, sprayed them with water and dragged my white cardstock through. This gave me a linear, streaky pattern that I liked. I dried and re-dragged my cardstock through to add color to the top and bottom of the layer, until I was happy with the overall look.
Next, I stamped my 2 images and colored them with Zig Clean Color Markers. I also used a white Posca pen on the candle. Then I die cut rectangles from Lawn Fawn's Pop Up Box die set. Behind my windows, I added a piece of Perfectly Plaid Rainbow cardstock, also from Lawn Fawn. I went back and forth about adding a sentiment, but in the end I opted not to. I'm still thinking I may add a small one in the middle, but I hate to cover up the color there. What do you think?
The simple design and easy-to-color images made for a quick double shaker that I think is super festive and fun. And you can get pretty much all of the supplies over at White Rose Crafts. Now, how about the Freebie, Blog Hop, and free shipping info?