Happy Friday guys and gals! Today we kick off a new challenge, the first Farm Fresh Friday of April and I get to write it so be sure to check it out! Growing up I hated when it rained because I was stuck inside waiting, hoping, wishing it would stop. My only comfort was the old saying "April showers bring May flowers" knowing something beautiful would come out of something that made me so miserable. Fast forward to adult me and there's nothing I love more than a good summer thunderstorm, go figure huh? To show my love of the rain, and this challenge theme, "April Showers" I made an adorable coaster using one of my all time favorite TGF stamps
I bought a set of blank cork coasters from the dollar bin at my local craft store but up until recently I had no idea what to do with them. A few months back I bought a pack of adhesive backed cork paper (by DCWV) and found that cork takes copic markers very well and that's when it hit me, stamp on the cork and color it with my copics! I absolutely love finding new materials to stamp on and this cork was no exception. I got a clean impression with little effort and the ink I used (memento rich cocoa) didn't bleed even though it was water based, which was very important because stazon would have ruined my copic nibs. After coloring Riley, I took my N5 copic marker and a ruler and began to draw a rainy background. to make it look more authentic I added a few white highlights with a gel pen and some stickles here and there to make the rain stand out more. Last, I inked around the edges with some grey pigment ink to add to the stormy feel. I love how this turned out and she may be the first of a new set of coasters. Though these will probably be more for decoration because I'm not sure how to seal cork and my supplies aren't exactly water proof but still, isn't it gorgeous? Don't forget to pop over to The Greeting Farm and leave the DT some love while linking up your awesomeness! Have a great weekend and Happy Easter!