I had some fun today searching for excuses to play with my new Awesomely Artistic stamp set, and the colour challenge from Just Add Ink and the Seize the Birthday anything goes challenge were perfect.
The anything goes challenge "topping" was to use embossing, and I chose the Brick Wall embossing folder for the background layer. I originally stamped the dragonfly using just Bermuda Bay ink, but decided it needed some depth so added some Blackberry Bliss to the edges of the stamp with my sponge dauber before stamping - I like the look it gives. The ferns are stamped in Island Indigo, and even though this isn't a traditional colour for ferns I like the effect. The dragonflies on the background I stamped once in Smokey Slate and then stamped again without re-inking but off setting it slightly to give a sense of fluttering wings. The gorgeous sentiment is from the hostess set Happy Birthday Everyone, I love the mixed font and size of this stamp.