Happy for Kim VanDiepen’s Inspiration

Today’s card is inspired by Pals Paper Arts challenge #305.

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I love the way Island Indigo looks with Pool Party. These same colors could be on a masculine card, a sympathy card, a baby card, or a birthday card!

I had two goals in making this card. One was to use washi tape, because I had to leave it out of my last card. The Second was to use my new Hello You thinlit dies to make two-tone words.

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To make two-tone words I had to make two tone paper first. I used whisper white paper and sponged Pool Party ink on the bottom inch or so of the paper, darker at the very bottom and disappearing into white. About three inches above that I started sponging Island Indigo and faded it the opposite direction, so as it got closer to the Pool Party, it got lighter and lighter.

Next, I cut out my words. With the Hello You thinlits, I find it helpful to use a double layer of wax paper between the paper and the die. It keeps the words I cut out nice and smooth, so they don’t pick up little bumps from the holes you use to poke out the paper if it gets stuck in the die.

Finally, I created some long and skinny layers to go beneath my thinlit word. I used a strip of paper from the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack, an extra strip of the sponged paper created above, Beach House Washi Tape, and a strip of vellum. I arranged these in a little collage, with the vellum strip on the top so the colors were softened a bit and the thinlit word could be easily read.

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Deciding which layers to use and how to arrange them was SO difficult. I love this mini collage look, where there are several layers beneath the focal point and lots of white space around the rest of the card… but I am definitely still learning how to make it work and look good. I ended up with a pile of rejected elements for this card that was larger than the pile of things that actually made it onto the card!

When I got stuck on this particular card, I turned to Kim VanDiepen’s blog at stampinbythesea.com for inspiration. She does an amazing job of adding layers while keeping her cards looking clean and fresh. I love her style! A small dose of her pintrest page had me inspired again, and I was back to the office to bust my creative block and finish up this card! Thanks, Kim!

For those of you who haven’t been to Kim’s blog, here are some of my favorite cards she has made:

(It’s so hard to pick just a few!)

Where do you turn for inspiration when you get stuck?

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Materials:

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

Ink: Pool Party, Island Indigo (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Hello You Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: vellum, Beach House Washi Tape (c) Stampin’ Up!

Hello, Favorites!

This card was inspired by the Stamp Ink Paper challenge #52 and Can You Case It challenge #124.

It just so happens that watercolor is one of my favorite things, so these challenges worked magic together. I got to use my favorite colors of all time, two favorite techniques, and a brand new die set that has jumped right to the top of my favorite stamping tools.

Pardon me in advance for the excessive exclamation points throughout the rest of this post. I just got so excited by these challenges and how this card turned out in the end!

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First, my favorite colors: Crushed Curry is the brightest and possibly happiest of of the yellows from Stampin’ Up! It’s strong enough to be used with dark colors without looking wimpy or getting overshadowed. Bermuda Bay and Island Indigo are both in the “teal” family. I’m nuts about teal and have been since I was little. I LOVE teal! From wallpaper, to bridesmaid dresses, to my blog logo, to the shirt I was wearing when I created this card (and about 1/3 of the rest of my wardrobe) I have chosen to surround myself with variations on this color for as long as I can remember. Bermuda Bay is a warm tropical teal that works well with bright colors to create a festive feel. Island Indigo is a twilight sky teal that is rich and bold; it works equally well in jubilant and somber settings.

Second, watercolor! I have loved watercolor ever since I had those coloring books that came with the little palette printed at the bottom of the page; when you added water they became paint that you could use to fill in the pictures. I learned how to do real watercolor in a high school art class. I only started using watercolor to make cards recently… I guess I technically started making all kinds of cards recently! Anyway, I love watercolor effects on cards! This particular effect is called a wash and there are two simple steps:

  1. Get the paper wet. Wherever the outer edge of the water is will be the outer edge of your painted shape.
  2. Add ink to the water on the paper. I use my Stampin’ Up! ink pads, give them a little squeeze while they are closed, then use the excess ink on the inside of the lids. Ink refills are also a great source of inky color.

Okay, three steps. You also have to let it dry. I use a little spare washi tape or masking tape to stick the paper to my table so the water will not make the paper buckle (as much).

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Third, layers! I really like adding layers to cards. I especially like thin layers of black, since they make the card looks so bold and exciting! The contrast between the black and the white is incredibly eye catching. It reminds me of comic books, to have every panel outlined in black. These particular black outlines are just 1/16″ all the way around. You don’t need much black to make a big impact!

Fourth, new thinlits! I was so excited to get these in the mail that I immediately ran down to my office to “just cut out one word to see how it looked” and didn’t emerge again until this card was complete. This little thinlit was just so inspiring that I couldn’t wait to create with it! I’ve only had this set two days and it is already my favorite.

In the end, I just LOVE how this card turned out! Imagine that, using all* your favorite things and ending up really liking the card in the end.

*My final favorite thing is washi tape, but I couldn’t figure out a way to incorporate it into this card. My next card will have to use washi tape to make up for it.

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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Materials:

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

Paper: watercolor paper, Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Hello You Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: paintbrush, water

 

Complementary Flowers

This card features one of my favorite color schemes! The official art term for this type of color scheme is “complimentary” color scheme, meaning the colors are on the exact opposite sides of the color wheel.

Here’s what this color scheme looks like on a color wheel:

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This image comes from color.adobe.com, a great tool for all artists who use color!

See how far apart those colors are? Okay, not exact opposites, but pretty darn close. When colors from far apart on the color wheel are juxtaposed, they create a lot of contrast which can make the elements on a card really pop!

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If you, too, like a lot of contrast, try this color combination!

Lessons learned: I attached my ribbon using snail adhesive, but I didn’t think I needed to cover the entire back of the ribbon with it. It looked fine at first, but the ribbon loosened up just a little bit and it sags just a tiny bit where there wasn’t adhesive. Learn from my mistake and make sure your ribbon is firmly attached!

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

Materials used:

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

Ink: Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: What I Love stamp set (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: watermelon colored ribbon, pear colored ribbon

 

A Night Downtown

This card was inspired by the Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #50.

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I maaaay have taken some liberties in interpreting what shape to use for the circle. Instead of a circle I used a Tyrannosaurus Rex stomping around downtown. That seemed like a lot more fun to me!

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I stamped the city twice using an old set called Calling All Heroes from Stampin’ Up! One city was placed directly on the background panel and I fussy cut out the other one and popped it up on dimensionals.

The dinosaur is stamped in Watermelon Wonder and is also fussy cut. The dino comes from a set called No Bones About It, also from Stampin’ Up! The sentiment (RAWR) also comes from that set. I used a Post-It to cover up the rest of the sentiment. Luckily I didn’t have to fussy cut the word bubble, there’s a framelit for that! The set is called, logically enough, Word Bubble Framelit Dies.

This would make a great birthday card for a kid… or if your adult friends are anything like mine, they would also enjoy a dinosaur card!

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Tip: A Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker works great to darken stamped images if you want them really, really black and don’t mind spenind a little extra effort coloring.

Thanks for visiting! Happy Stamping!

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Materials:

Cardstock: Very Vanilla (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Watermelon Wonder (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: No Bones About It, Calling All Heroes stamp sets (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Word Bubble Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals, Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!

Warm Greetings For You

This card was inspired by TWO challenges. The first is the Global Design Project Challenge #038. The second is TGIF Challenge #58.

I featured some of my favorite things on this card. It makes me so happy to be able to combine so many of them!

  1. Washi tape! It’s so easy to use and completely repositionable in case you are like me and tape it down crooked the first time.
  2. Color your own DSP! This designer series paper is the Wildflower DSP from Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-a-bration. It is white with black, perfect for coloring.
  3. Intricate thinlit dies! The leafy shape comes from the Rose Garden Thinlit Dies from Stampin’ Up! I haven’t gotten to use it yet… I may have been distracted by the rose images that come in the set prior to now… but that leaf is beautiful too!

Tip: My Rose Garden leaf cutout is cut in half so not a lot of the image is hidden behind the greeting. This effectively stretched out the shape so it is longer looking than normal.

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Don’t be afraid to color! This paper is so “sketchy” that if you color outside the lines it looks completely normal. I colored these with the wide end of my Stampin’ Write markers without worrying about staying in the lines in the least… and it looks great! (This is my not-so-humble opinion. If you have a different one, keep it to yourself so I may remain happily delusional.)

In all seriousness, many papers and stamps have a loose artistic quality to them and coloring them loosely actually adds to the unity of the entire card, because the stamps, paper, and coloring are all done in a similar “loose” style.

I think my art teacher is showing.

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Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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Materials:

Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Markers: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Accessories: Beach House Washi Tape, 2014-2016 In-Color Washi Tape (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals