I did a wash on watercolor paper with Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi and a touch of Lost Lagoon. When doing washes, it helps to use washi tape to hold the paper down until after it is dry; this keeps it from curling. One cool thing about Stampin’ Up! inks is that you can gently squeeze the lid down while it is closed, then when you open it there is a little bit of excess ink on the inside of the cover! This makes it really easy to watercolor.
Watercolor washes are a surprise every time. You never know how it will turn out… and I love how this one looks! It really shows off the Wild Wasabi: a green that doesn’t get nearly enough love.
Watercolor paper has a lot of tooth, meaning that the texture is bumpy rather than smooth. That makes it GREAT for clinging onto water. It also makes it terrible for stamping a clean image, because the ink only wants to stick to the parts of the paper that stick up. Rather than put my greeting directly onto the watercolor paper, I chose to stamp on vellum (with Staz-On ink) and layer it on top.
Add all this to a Wild Wasabi base card and… voila!
Thanks to everyone from the Global Design Team for running this challenge and happy stamping to all!
This was such a fun challenge! I thought of the idea immediately on Monday when I first saw it and didn’t get a chance to actually make the card until Friday. The idea was rattling around in my head ALL week.
For this challenge, I replaced stars with balloons and the scallop shape became my scalloped circle clouds in the background. I’ve seen several other people use scalloped circles as a mask to create clouds, but this is the first time I have tried it. It turned out great… the third time I tried it. Practice makes perfect I guess.
Try this at home!
Create a sponged cloud background:
You need 1-2 scalloped circles punched out. Use post-it paper so it is easy to move around, or attach it to your background paper using washi tape.
Start at the top of your background. Attach your circles onto the background.
Sponge a light colored ink at on the top of the scalloped circle. Option 1: Daub your sponge up and down. This results in in a stippled or speckled coloring. Option 2: Wipe your sponge in small circles to add the color. This results in smooth coloring.
Move your scalloped circles down the paper. Sponge more color on the top of the shape. Repeat until you reach the bottom of the paper.
Start your sponging ON the cloud mask, NOT on your nice background paper. That first daub of the sponge can look a lot darker than the rest of your sky. Stamp it off a little so you don’t get such an intense color at first. This is what happened in attempt #1. Oops.
Don’t let the clouds create an x shape. If you are moving your clouds down the page, don’t let your new cloud criss-cross an existing cloud. This looks really, really strange. This was how attempt #2 failed. Learn from my mistake.
After making the sky, the rest of the card was pretty simple to make. The monkey is from the Zoo Babies Stamp, stamped in Tip Top Taupe and cut out by hand. The balloons are punched out using the Balloon Bouquet Punch. The strings are drawn with a Basic Grey Stampin’ Write Marker. Basic Black wold have been too strong with how soft the rest of the colors are. All of these items are from Stampin’ Up!
+Tip Top Taupe: Oops! I forgot to include Tip Top Taupe (for that cute little monkey) in the above color combination.
Cardstock: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight
Ink: Tip Top Taupe, Pool Party
Stamps: Zoo Babies
Punches and Dies: Scalloped Circle Punch, Balloon Bouquet Punch
I had to get creative for this challenge! I didn’t have any bicycle paper or stamps or anything! I did have a couple of cute wheel-like stamps from the Balloon Celebrations stamp set from Stampin’ Up!
From there I used left over paper strips I had trimmed off the edge of a previous card to build my own bicycle! I rounded the ends of the strips, then used glue dots to stick everything together. All these tiny pieces liked to slide around as I worked with them… it was definitely NOT easy. It was worth it though!
After building the bicycle I added embellishments. The balloon and dandelion seed flowers are also stamps from Balloon Celebrations. I created the basket using the Cupcake Builder Punch from Stampin’ Up! and cut it smaller to fit on the front of this little bicycle.
Only one photo today; my camera battery died mid-photo shoot!
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay (c) Stampin’ Up!
This challenge (out of the insane five that I attempted) took up most of my brain power for the week. Every piece of Designer Series Paper that contained these colors was spread out on my workspace for days and I stared at them even while working on other cards. I finally dreamed up a layout I thought might work while I was at work and drew it out on a post-it note. At home, I cut out most of the pieces I would need for that sketch and put them in a pile while I cut up the rest. The random arrangement of that pile gave me a whole new idea, so I scrapped the post-it sketch and winged it!
This card truly had a life of it’s own.
Whew! That one took a lot of brain cells. I feel like I learned a lot making this card, though. It definitely stretched me. Thanks for the challenge Global Design Project!
I tried to lighten up these photos a little bit because they looked really shadowy. As a result the colors ended up a little brighter looking than they are in real life. My navy blue (which I substituted for Night of Navy) especially looks more like a royal blue. Sorry about that!
Cardstock: Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla (c) Stampin’ Up! and Navy
Paper: Going Places, Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!
I must admit, I substituted a different yellow paper. I thought I didn’t have any Daffodil Delight paper… and then after I had completed the card I found that I did indeed have two whole sheets of it. My slight substitution turned a pleasant Spring color palette into a more vibrant retro version.
It works, though! The font and rounded corners remind me of an old television show or commercial.
This card is really simple to make.
Cut strips of colored paper in varying widths.
Adhere them to a piece of background paper.
Trim the background paper to the correct size and shape.
Add a second panel, slightly larger in size to add a border.
In a contrasting color, add a cutout sentiment on top with glue dots or tiny dimensional pieces.
The sentiment could be one cut using a die OR if you have a paper cutting machine, such as a Cricut Explore Air, you could cut out any font you like!
Speaking of fonts, I created this “hello” cutout and the “thanks” and “congrats” cutouts shown below using the trusty combination of Adobe Illustrator and a drawing tablet.
This card uses Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper and Mint Macaroon, Basic Black, and Very Vanilla cardstock (c) Stampin’ Up. The large sentiment is separated from the busy background by a solid colored oval so it stands out. The black outlines really make the shapes and colors pop!
If you have a Cricut Explore Air or a similar paper cutting machine, feel free to use my png images in your own projects! It would be awesome if you linked back here so I could see what you created with them!
I recommend opening these images in a separate tab in order to save them at their full resolution.