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

 

 

Just Peachy

This card was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #247!

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For this lovely sketch, I decided to give this peachy paper from Stampin’ Up!’s Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper a try. For patterned papers. I normally stick to stripes and polka dots and other types of patterns that work well as backgrounds. Patterns with big images on them leave me a little unsure of what to do with them.. but they are so pretty! For today’s card I decided to go outside my comfort zone and try something new!

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I decided to keep the layers simple for the main panel of the card. It’s a tangerine tango card base with the Fruit Stand paper on top. I resisted the urge to layer several different border colors, because there is already so much going on with the paper.

I did add a few little layers to the circular area of the sketch to make it a focal point. I had to do something to draw the eye over here, with all that busy background! I have a layer of Tangerine Tango, a layer of Whisper White, and a loopy layer of leaves in Wild Wasabi. This leafy layer was created using the Swirly Scribbles Thinlit Dies, but I cut out the center of the shape so it would be open. I stamped the sentiment from the Hello stamp set (Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration 2016) onto vellum and fussy cut it out. I always worry that I’m going to tear vellum by accident when I’m cutting it, but I managed without incident!

 

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The final touch was to add a small section of a doily as an accent. This is another area where I am trying to stretch myself and go outside my comfort zone. I have never used doilies before; this is only my second card where I used one! (The first was here.) I really like the look of doilies on other people’s cards, so I’ve been trying to incorporate them into my designs. This is probably the tenth card I’ve made that I tried to use a doily, but the first eight or so looked silly and I ended up removing the doilies before gluing everything together. I guess the ninth and tenth time are the charm!

I have to admit, this is not my favorite card I’ve ever made, but I have learned a lot making it and so it was definitely worth the effort!

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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Materials:

Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Stamps: Hello stamp set (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Circles, Swirly Scribbles Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: doily, dimensionals

 

Dinosaur Love

Today’s card was created for Stamp Ink Paper challenge #58!

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I clearly took some liberties with this sketch. I used a dinosaur shape instead of a rectangle and my sentiment doesn’t actually have any words and got moved up. The point of the challenge is to be inspired, though, and I definitely was!

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This is a pretty wild color combination. It has lots of bright colors and lots of contrast. With dinosaurs as a focal point and a sentiment that requires zero ability to read, this is the perfect card for a kid birthday, valentine, or a just-because-I-love-you card!

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This type of color scheme has a couple different names including “split complementary” and “compound harmony” color schemes. It is similar to a complementary color scheme, which has two colors on completely opposite sides of the color wheel, such as blue and orange, but trades out one of the colors for the two colors on either side of it, such as yellow orange and red orange. The layout of colors looks a little like a fork, with a handle on one side and two or three tines on the other side.

If I had followed this color scheme type really strictly, I probably would have picked Tempting Turquoise instead of Night of Navy. As you can see, my fork shape got a little crooked.

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I love this bright and bold color scheme! This image was created with one of my favorite color tools on the internet: Adobe Color CC.  This tool allows you to input your own color codes (such as official Stampin’ Up hex values) and see how they work together. You can also select different types of color schemes and move one of the colors to watch all the colors move in relation to each other. This is a great tool for finding colors that work well together! Try it out!

This color scheme is so active that the rest of the card can be very simple, which makes it easy to make.  If you want to try making this card for for your favorite dinosaur loving person, here’s how. All products mentioned are from Stampin’ Up!

  1. Cut a standard sized card (5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ OR 4-1/4″ x 11″) in Watermelon Wonder, crease, and fold in half.
  2. Cut a Whisper White panel at 5-1/4″ x 4″.
  3. Cut a piece of Pumpkin Pie colored Fiesta Birthday Designer Series Paper at 5-1/8″ x 3 7/8″.
  4. Cut a piece of polka dot patterned Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper at 1-3/4″ x 3-7/8″.
  5. Stamp a dinosaur from the No Bones About It stamp set in Real Red. Fussy cut with a thin white border.
  6. Stamp a heart filled word bubble from the Foxy Friends stamp set in Watermelon Wonder. Outline with a Night of Navy Stampin’ Write Marker. Fussy cut out with a thin white border.
  7. Assemble using your favorite adhesive. Add dimensionals behind the dinosaur and word bubble.

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Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

Materials:

Cardstock: Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Fiesta Birthday, Floral Boutique Designer Series Papers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Real Red (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Night of Navy Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: dimensionals

Blissful Fox

Today’s card was inspired by the Paper Players Challenge #305.

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First of all, I LOVE this sketch. It is so cute and offers so many possibilities to showcase favorite stamps, punches, and designer series papers. I’ve been looking forward to using this Island Indigo designer series paper from Stampin’ Up!’s Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper collection for a long time. I’ve literally had a piece of it sitting out on my desk for several weeks, just waiting for the right card idea… and this is it!

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To really showcase this paper, I decided to combine it with it’s opposite color to create a complimentary color scheme. Complimentary colors, which are opposite each other on the color wheel, create a lot of contrast. Contrast draws attention and can help make elements of a card really stand out. Even a small amount of contrast does the trick. For example, I chose to use very skinny borders of Calypso Coral around the edges of my Island Indigo panels. They are only 1/16th of an inch wide, but they are very visible!

This is what my complimentary color scheme looks like on a color wheel:

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This image comes from Adobe Color CC, one of my favorite tools for creating all different kinds of color schemes.

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When using high contrast, like with these colors, it is important to consider the unity throughout the entire card. Repetition of the colors adds unity and helps draw all the elements of a card together. If the fox was the only element that was Calypso Coral on this entire card, she would definitely stand out… but she would also look out of place. By repeating the color in the borders and in the baker’s twine, it makes the color look like it definitely belongs there.

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This is my ever-so-helpful assistant.

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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Materials:

Cardstock: Island Indigo, Calypso Coral, Basic Black, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Stamps: Foxy Friends (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punch: Fox Builder Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Accents: Tangerine Tango Baker’s Twine (c) Stampin’ Up!  <- Retired, but currently on clearance!

Other: dimensionals, white doily, siamese cat

Keeping Cool in Summer

This is my second post today! If you missed the first post, you can see it here.

This card was made for Global Design Project Challenge #045!

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I know it is summer and it is supposed to be hot… but the heat has been going above and beyond for the past week. When I made this card it was about 94 degrees outside with a humidity of 60%, which put our heat index at 110 degrees. Yikes!

I thought an ice cream cone card would be just perfect to help combat the heat, especially if I stayed in our nice cool basement while I made it.  I did have to substitute Tip Top Taupe for Smokey Slate in the challenge, because who would want to eat a gray ice cream cone?

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The ice cream and cone were made using the Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set. I stamped the top and bottom scoops onto Melon Mambo paper and used the Tree Builder Punch to punch out the shapes. The center scoop is white paper that I sponged lightly using Melon Mambo ink.

The polka dot papers are both designs from Pop of Pink Designer Series paper by Stampin’ Up!

I added Basic Black borders around the panels, which gives the card a Pop Art look, especially when combined with polka dots.

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Stay cool everyone, and happy stamping!

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Materials:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Tip Top Taupe (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Sprinkles of Life stamp set (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Punch: Tree Builder Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: dimensionals