I love my Taylored Expression Fine Feather die cuts! They are American made with thin steel and work great with my Big Shot. Six different sizes are in the package. The pictures below show what the feathers look like using watercolor paper and embossing. I used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi Japanese Watercolors – the colors are so vibrant and the application is always consistent. I also embossed the tips of the feathers with Simon Says Stamp rose gold embossing powder.
For the cards I put together, I embossed the sentiment on the front of the card so I could have plenty of room to write a note inside. I am really happy with how the watercolored feathers turned out!
On a recent trip to New Mexico, I walked by a store downtown in Santa Fe called “Guadalupe’s Fun Rubber Stamps” (http://stampafe.com/shop). The store was closed, but I was there the next morning waiting for them to open! One of the stamps I bought was the one I used to create the card shown below. The StampaFe rubber stamp line reflects the quirky nature of New Mexico, and the stamps are all made in Santa Fe. I love to buy rubber stamps that are made in the USA! This card pulled together quickly. I used a sheet of watercolor paper, a few watercolor pencils and my AquaBrush to create the striped layered background. After the paper was dry, I stamped the Guadalupe with black ink on to the paper, trimmed it out, added a lime colored mat, then adhered to a card base. Diamond Dust Stickles were added to the angel wings for a little sparkle. The whole process took less than a half an hour and I love the way it turned out. I’m so happy I got this rubber stamp with the namesake of the store that I bought it at. I couldn’t have picked a better souvenir for myself!