Into the Sunset with Sponging and Swirly Scribbles

Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad

Today is my parent’s 35th wedding anniversary! I am so proud and so happy for them! We had a big barbeque last night and the whole family came over. Everyone brought something and there was so much delicious food, I didn’t even have room to try everything before I was full.

This is the card I created for my parents to celebrate the occasion. I had to wait until after they opened it to share it here so there wouldn’t be any spoilers!

Into the Sunset

Whether it be walking along the beach as the sun goes down or riding into the sunset at the end of a good movie, I love sunsets. They always seem so romantic, so I chose a sunset theme for my parents’ card.

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Masking Technique

To make a sunset for yourself:

  1. Die cut a circle out of a post-it note and place it where the sun should be.
  2. Ink a sponge with So Saffron. Starting on the post-it note, use circular motions to rub on the ink all around the post-it. The color will gradually fade away the farther from the post-it note you get.
  3. Ink a sponge with Daffodil Delight. Starting on the post-it note, drag the sponge in straight lines away from the post-it. This creates rays.
  4. Ink a sponge using Soft Sky. Starting off the edge of the paper, use circular motions to rub ink from the outer edge toward the sun. The ink will fade the closer to the sun it gets.
  5. Ink a sponge using Marina Mist. Starting off the edge of the paper, use circular motions to rub ink downward from the top of the paper. Only add a little bit to the top, so it gradually fades into the Soft Sky.
  6. Remove the post-it note.

Whew! Here’s a diagram of how that sponging is applied:

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More Fun with Sponging

I had more fun sponging the waves! I used a piece of light pink cardstock and sponged on Melon Mambo for a random gradient effect. I cut this out using one of the Swirly Scribble Thinlit Dies from Stampin’ Up! I sponged another gradient on Pool Party cardstock with Marina Mist ink. I glued the Melon Mambo waves onto the Marina Mist background and trimmed everything to fit on the card.

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Finishing Touches

I finished off the card by stamping the “congratulations” sentiment and two hearts from the Big News stamp set from Stampin’ Up! I colored the hearts with Melon Mambo Stampin’ Write Markers and added a bit of sparkle with rhinestones.

The card and the anniversary party were both successes! It was a fun and satisfying weekend all around.

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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Materials

Cardstock: pink, Whisper White, Pool Party (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, Soft Sky, Marina Mist (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Big News stamp set (retired) (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: circle dies, Swirly Scribble Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Melon Mambo Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: sponges, rhinestones, post-it notes

 

 

35 Years of Happily Ever After

My parent’s 35th anniversary is coming up. My sisters and I are, of course, throwing them a party. We’ve got grand plans. Grand, indeed. Of course, that means we will need to invite people. So many times these days people don’t bother to actually send invitations (except for a wedding). They send an email, call, or create a facebook event. I don’t use facebook much at least once I’ve found out six months after a party happened that I had been invited to it. Oops!

My mom was the one who got me into cardmaking in the first place, so of course I had to make real invitations for it!

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I used a design similar to a previous card I made, but changed from black and white to full color. You can see my first card here.

Designing a card can take a long time, but if you know exactly what you want, you can make a lot of cards quickly. I got seven cards completed in an hour and fifteen minutes after putting my son to bed one night this week.

Dies are great when you have to make multiples. I used a Rose Garden Thinlit die from Stampin’ Up! It was quick and easy to cut out several roses in a row. The most time intensive part of these cards was after I glued the die cut roses to the Calypso Coral background paper. I fussy cut around the edge of the rose so the background paper matched the rose shape, but even that didn’t take too long.

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This fold looks fancy, but it is actually really simple. It’s the same dimensions are a regular card, but the front of the card is folded in half. Two same sized panels are added, one to the front of the card that hangs over, and one to the inside of the card right behind it. The inside panel has all the invitation details on it. (Well, it does now. The inside panel wasn’t added yet when I took these photos.)

This really is a great card for making multiples or single cards, too!

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Here’s the color scheme, though the main colors are Blackberry Bliss and Calypso Coral. The rest of the colors are accents in the Wildflower Designer Series paper.

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Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

Materials:

Cardstock: Calypso Coral, Blackberry Bliss (retired) (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Wildflower Designer Series Paper (retired) (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Big News (retired) (c) Stampion’ Up!

Ink: Blackberry Bliss (retired) (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Rose Garden Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Lots of retired products in the lineup today…sorry about that! Hopefully if you want to make a similar card you can find substitutes for these!

Lighthouse Love

Today’s card was inspired by the Pals Paper Arts Challenge #311!

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These colors reminded me of a foggy sunrise over the ocean. This is what I was picturing in my head, though I only just went to find the picture after I had already made the card:

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Photo credit: Lumion Footage

Naturally I turned to watercolors! I’ve been painting with watercolors far longer than I have been making cards, so it is always nice to incorporate it into cardmaking!

Watercolor tips:

  1. When doing watercolor washes, use washi tape to hold your paper flat until it dries!
  2. Cover the area you want to paint with clear water first.
  3. Squeeze Stampin’ Up! ink pads while they are closed to deposit ink onto the lid. Use that ink on a paintbrush or aquapainter to add to the water already on the card.
  4. Experiment! No two cards turn out the same when watercolors are involved! Have fun seeing what you can create!

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To add to my soft nautical colors, I added striped paper from A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper by Stampin’ Up!  These stripes reminded me of a the stripes that are a common pattern painted on lighthouses. I wanted the stripes to be perfectly symmetrical, which took two tries. On the bright side, I have a piece of striped paper cut and ready for the next card!

This just had to be a lighthouse card. The only lighthouse stamp I own is retired, though. If you don’t happen to have this stamp from the Setting Sail stamp set, I would recommend substituting the lighthouse from the stamp set From Land To Sea, also by Stampin’ Up!

Watercolor paper is more bumpy or “toothy” than cardstock, which makes it great at gripping onto water and pigment, but at the same time makes it more difficult to stamp. The top of those bumps or “teeth” pick up ink from stamps, but the valleys do not. This leaves stamped images looking broken. If you have a Misti tool, you can use it to ink and stamp the same image over and over, which darkens the image until it looks solid. I don’t have one, so I stamp on nice smooth vellum and adhere it right on top. Vellum is somewhat transparent, which is a nice effect with watercolor.

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Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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Confession time: I substituted Blushing Bride for Pink Pirouette because it was a little darker. Watercolors sometimes lighten the colors you are using, and I wanted to make sure this pink was visible!

Materials used:

Cardstock: Smokey Slate (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: watercolor paper, A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Staz-On Black, Blushing Bride, Smokey Slate, Marina Mist (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Setting Sail stamp set (c) Stampin’ Up! (retired)

Other: paintbrush, vellum

 

 

Starlit Celebration

This card is dedicated to celebrations, including the one at Paper Players! Congratulations on Challenge 300!

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Above the tulle and candlelight, two balloons float amidst the stars. The two balloons are nestled close together, finding a quiet moment amidst the festivities to just lean up against each other.

I chose not to include a sentiment on this card, in part to keep it simple, but also because in my imagination this same view of the stars could be at a wedding or many years later at an anniversary celebration. This timeless love story reminds me of my own grandparents who celebrated 67 years of marriage. They passed away exactly two weeks apart; my grandfather, who was normally in excellent health for a 91 year old, couldn’t live without my grandma.

Like two balloons whose strings have been cut, floating away through the stars…

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Now that I have you all tearing up… let’s talk about how to make this card!

The background paper is from the Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack from Stampin’ Up! The sheer tulle drapes are made of vellum that I cut with large circular dies into crescent shapes. I made sure one end came to a point, but didn’t worry about the other end, because I knew it wouldn’t fit on the card anyway. I didn’t measure or plan these precisely. Rather, I cut several and laid them on the paper to see what worked. I trimmed off anything that hung over the edges.

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The balloons were punched out of Whistper White cardstock using the Balloon Bouquet punch from Stampin’ Up! I sponged on just a little bit of color to make them look three dimensional. The Might of Navy shadow on the top and the Watermelon Wonder (with a hint of Daffodil Delight) highlighting below make the balloons look like they are lit from below with candlelight, firelight, or holiday lights from the party.

The bottoms of the balloons are attached directly to the background paper, but the tops are propped up on dimensionals to add to the illusion of depth. Finally, I used a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker to add strings to the balloons, which are only visible on the balloon’s neck and up against the tulle.

Thanks for visiting! I hope that you have cause to celebrate this summer!

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Materials used:

Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Going Places Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Basic Black, Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight, Watermelon Wonder (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Circle Dies

Markers: Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: vellum, sponge, dimensionals