It's always difficult to select a favorite anything.....stamp, color, song, book.....there are so many and for most of us the concept of favorite is kind of fluid. That being said, I do know what ONE of my most beloved stamps is, so I'm using that one. It is the artsy chick stamp from Wendy Vecchi's Art Rules set, and I do use it a lot. Also I just liked the idea of doing artsy chick in shabby chic. First I just played around with the technique on scrap paper, trying different paint colors. Looking at the array of samples on my work table, I was hit with an idea. If one artsy chick is good, how great would eight be? And this is what came out of that:
Each part is ATC size, and they are done on black foam board. Which I painted black as per Tim's directions, because I found out the hard way that the technique just works better on a painted surface.
And, because I had just scored a bunch of metallic paints, I used them instead of the paint dabbers and I absolutely love this variation. The bits of gold, however, were done with a paint dabber and a stencil. I added some number rub-ons (which I sanded a bit to shabbify them) and decided it would be more interesting if they were out of order. Then I just arranged them on a larger piece of foam board, and it is, as they say, ready to hang.
It's always a little difficult for me to photograph anything with a shimmer, so I hope this close up gives you a better idea of how the metallics work.