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

 

Wildflowers

This card was inspired by Global Design Project challenge #039!

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This challenge comes at the perfect time; my mom is going to be having surgery in two weeks. It’s not an emergency, but is still pretty major. Along with a card, I’m planning lots of meals and pampering.

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The layout for this card is based on two equal sized panels set at angles. I added washi tape at the top to make it look like the panels are attached with tape, though they actually have snail adhesive holding them to the card as well.

The back panel is Wildflower Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up and uses one of my favorite color combinations! The front panel is stamped with Botanical Blooms stamps and accented with a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.

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Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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Materials used:

Cardstock: Lost Lagoon, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Hello Honey, Calypso Coral (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Botanical Blooms, Sweetly Framed (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Basic Black, Old Olive Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: 2014-2016 In Color Washi Tape,

Stripes and Cakes

I’ve been having lots of fun drawing on my designer series papers lately. For today’s card I spiced up a Pacific Point striped paper from the Pretty Petals Paper Stack by Stampin’ Up! The Pacific Point color is dark enough that adding Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight stripes doesn’t affect the existing color very much if it overlaps… and where it does overlap to make a little purple, it looks artsy.

I only made a little scrap, but using careful positioning, I was able to cut out six cupcake papers using the Cupcake Builder Punch from Stampin’ Up!  That was enough to make two cards. Woo!

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In this first card I cut three panels out of white paper and rounded the corner using the Project Life Corner Rounder punch. The size of the panels was 4-3/4”x 1 (plus a hair)”. This reminds me a bit of a shop window.

I added a little HB flag as an accent… but I had the stamp to inky at first and the letters were not visible. Of course I’d already glued everything together, so it was time for a cover up! I stamped and cut another little flag and placed it right over the top of my flubbed first flag with a glue dot. This actually give the flag a little of a three dimensional effect, a positive side effect!

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In this second card, the stripes go horizontally, but the cupcakes go vertically! After several different arrangements, I decided to place them in a whimsically wobbly cupcake stack.

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The cherries on top of the cupcake are punched out of the leftover scraps of the striped paper and are so much fun! I know cherries aren’t really striped… but cupcakes can’t really stack up like that either. In the world of art anything can happen!

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Thanks for visiting, happy stamping!

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Materials used:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Pacific Point, Melon Mambo (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Stamps: Cupcake Party (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Melon Mambo (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punch: Cupcake Builder (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Pacific Point, Melon Mambo Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals

 

 

 

Compass Challenged

This card was inspired by the color challenge at Stamp Ink Paper (#303).

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I substituted Tip Top Taupe for Sahara Sand. I did lots of coloring on stamped images and on DSPs for this card.  I would normally share more… but my two year old son has come down with Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease. I already made this  card so I thought I’d better post it quick.

Happy stamping!

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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