Clean and Simple Watercolor Wings
The Watercolor Wings stamp set (and the accompanying Butterfly Basics set and matching thinlits) are a classic in the Stampin’ Up! world. There are bunches and bunches of beautiful examples of elaborately layered cards with textured backgrounds and embellishments galore; at first I was intimidated. How could I compete with all that?
Well, the best way to get over creative roadblocks is to just get over it and make something anyway. So that’s what I did.
Rather than try to manage lots of complicated pieces for my first ever Watercolor Wings card, I decided to keep this one clean and simple; it’s a card that anyone could make.
This card was inspired by Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #63!
My mom got me into stamping about a year ago and was extremely generous in helping me get set up with all the supplies I needed to get started. Now we share stamps with each other so that we both have twice as many fun things to play with! Though, I admit, my stamp library is not nearly as impressive as hers is.
I just borrowed this Watercolor Wings stamp set from her and hadn’t even had a chance to crack it open yet, when this perfectly timed challenge came up. It’s the perfect opportunity for stamping butterflies! Yay!
Create This Card
One of the lovely things about clean and simple style cards is that they are generally quick and easy to recreate. The design part can still take just as much time as ever, but once you have a design you like clean and simple cards make great cards for mass produced beauty. Here’s how you can make one, or twenty, for yourself:
- Create a standard sized Whisper White card base.
- Cut a strip of Affectionately Yours paper at about 1/2″ by 4-3/4″. I used an existing scrap from my pile. Yay for recycling!
- Die cut a “hello” from the Hello You thinlits in Mint Macaron.
- Cut a strip of vellum at 3/4″ by 4-1/4″.
- Ink up the butterfly wing image from Watercolor Wings in Watermelon Wonder, stamp it off once on a piece of scratch paper, then stamp it at an angle in the lower right corner of the card.
- Adhere the sentiment to the vellum using glue dots.
- Adhere the vellum to the card using glue dots hidden underneath the sentiment. Vellum is transparent, so try to keep your adhesive hidden if possible!
- Adhere the strip of Affectionately Yours paper with snail adhesive.
- Add rhinestones.
When stamping with photopolymer stamps, place your paper on a slightly cushioned surface. This helps ensure that the entire image makes contact with your paper. Surfaces that work well include a mouse pad, a piece of craft foam, a Stampin’ Pierce mat, or a couple sheets of newspaper.
A Soft Complementary Color Combination
These soft colors are technically direct opposites of each other on the color wheel. Normally colors that are opposite, like reds and greens, would cause a lot of contrast. These colors, however, are are tinted with white which softens the contrast and strengthens the unity, making them look like they belong together.
As always, thanks for visiting and happy stamping!
Cardstock: Whisper White, Mint Macaron (c) Stampin’ Up!
Paper: Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!
Ink: Watermelon Wonder (c) Stampin’ Up!
Stamps: Watercolor Wings (c) Stampin’ Up!
Dies: Hello You Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!
Other: vellum, rhinestones