Hello again, readers! I’m happy to announce that I am back! I’ve had a crazy busy month, filled with trips, events, and a busy work schedule, but things are finally settling back to normal. I’m excited to be writing and sharing cards once again and I’ve got a whole pile waiting for you!
This is a simple fancy folded ‘Z’ card. The front of the card has been folded back in half and the white panel on the front lines up with the inner white panel. Start with a half sheet of cardstock (5-1/2 x 11). Score at 4-1/4, flip over, score at 2-1/8, then crease both folds. This is what it looks like from the top:
I decorated the left panel with Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up! I love the bold designs in this paper stack and they are perfect for this challenge.
I cut out a small rose shape from the Rose Garden Thinlit Die set and glued it in the corner of the front white panel. I trimmed the corner off around the rose petals so a little bit of the inside of the card showed through.
On the inside of the card I added a little bit of metallic silver washi tape as an accent.
Finally, I finished off the card by adding the sentiment from the Enjoy the Little Things stamp set from Stampin’ Up!
Thanks for visiting and for your patience while I was gone! Happy stamping!
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!
Paper: Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (c) Stampin’ Up!
Stamps: Enjoy the Little Things stamp set (c) Stampin’ Up!
I created this card to celebrate my favorite summer color combination! I took out all the Designer Series Papers I had that used Melon Mambo, Calypso Coral, and Crushed Curry and spread them out ALL over the floor of my office and joyfully mixed and matched them. It was so much fun!
I decided to create a grid pattern with lots of layered circles. Circles are great. Circle dies were one of the first card making tools that I invested in, and they were so worth it! I use circles in so many different card layouts! Stampin’ Up! has a new set of layering circle dies that also include scalloped circles… I can’t wait to get my hands on these!
I used another favorite to add a little pop to my card… dimensionals! The center circle layer is raised up on dimensionals for extra depth.
I will be off on vacation the week of the 4th of July. I have some things to share with you while I’m gone, but I will be unable to answer any questions until I get back. I am taking all sorts of my new card making things with me on vacation that I’ve been too busy to try out yet… and I’m so excited!
For US readers: I hope you all have a wonderful holiday! For everyone: Happy Stamping!
For today’s card, I returned to the Rose Garden thinlit dies.
The rose image stamped out from the largest die in this set is so beautiful, you hardly have to do anything to it to make a card. This card features two roses, two leaves, and a plain white background; simple!
To make a card like this, I cut a rose in Bermuda Bay and one in Daffodil Delight. I carefully trimmed off the leaves, rounding the edges so it looked like they were never there in the first place. I also cut out two leaves in Wild Wasabi; I didn’t cut a whole rose out for these. I just cut a piece big enough for a leaf, ran the leaf part of the die through the machine, and backed it out again.
Optional: You can save the petal pieces that are cut out from the rose to create neat stained glass effects! For example, I used the Daffodil Delight petals to make this card.
Once my pieces were ready to go, I laid them out on my card. The two roses overlap, so I trimmed the Daffodil Delight rose so it would look like it was behind the Bermuda Bay one. I adhered the roses and leaves to the white card panel and trimmed all the edges where they overlapped.
The trickiest part is that the ends like to stick up if they aren’t glued down really well. If you use liquid glue, make sure to use very tiny dots so the glue doesn’t squeeze out and make a mess. If you use glue dots (like I did) glue down every single loose end around the edges of the card. These loose ends love to catch on things, then get bent at awkward angles, and don’t look nearly as pretty. It is a hassle to put a glue dot (or dot of liquid glue) on every little piece, but it is totally worth it!
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.
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.
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?
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!
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!
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:
Get the paper wet. Wherever the outer edge of the water is will be the outer edge of your painted shape.
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).
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!
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!