Altenew, Coronado Stamp Company, Distress Inks, Distress Oxides, Pattern Play-Hexagon

All The Pretty Horses

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Hi there, friends!  I apologize for neglecting my blog for so long but I’m back today with some cards I made last fall but never shared here! Let me tell you how I got all these beautiful stamps!  My friend, Janice is an avid horse lover and has a nice collection of horse stamps! One of our daughters became a rider in the past year and I wanted to make her some horse cards so I borrowed one of Janice’s stamps!  It’s such a great design that I decided to look it up on ebay to see if I could find my own and was thrilled to see that the seller had not just one but three beautiful horse stamps by Coronado Stamp Company!  Each one was listed for $14 apiece and although that was a little pricey for me, I ordered one anyway.  I was shocked to get a message from the seller the next day saying she’d made a mistake and sent me ALL the stamps for the price of one and to keep them!  Uh, sure!!  😀  (P.S. I did offer to return the other two but she declined my offer.)  
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Because it’s been a while since I made these cards, I’m trying to remember the process!  But it seems that I basically sponged panels of Bristol Smooth card stock with a variety of distress and oxide inks and then added spatters of water, white and or black paint.  Such an easy way to add beautiful detail and interest!  
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I then stamped and heat-embossed the horses over the distressed panels after dusting them generously with anti-static powder!  
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I am just thrilled with how striking each card turned out!  This is my favorite background with all the colors!  
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I made this collection for Courtney and she loves them all; which one is your favorite?  
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Can you see the faint geometric pattern in the background of this card?  It’s Altenew’s Pattern Play-Hexagon background stamp and I spritzed it with water then laid it gently onto the distress panel, removed it and patted the panel dry with a paper towel.  I think that adds a little extra to the card, don’t you?  I haven’t made anymore horse cards since these but it’s good to know I have some great stamps to work with when I do!  Thanks for stopping by!