Hello, Green!

Today’s card was inspired by the Global Design Project Challenge #034.GDP034 sketch

This challenge is simple and simply lovely!

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!

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Materials used:

Cardstock: Wild Wasabi (c) Stampin’ up!

Ink: Staz-On Black, Wild Wasabi, Lost Lagoon, Daffodil Delight (c) Stampin’ up!

Stamps: Hello Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ up!

Other: Watercolor Paper, Watercolor Brush, Vellum

Balloon Celebrations Bicycle

This card was inspired by the Paper Players challenge #293.

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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!

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Materials Used:

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

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Blushing Bride (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Balloon Celebrations (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Project Life Corner Rounder Punch, Watermelon Wonder Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!

 

 

Luck Strikes

It’s your lucky day, readers! Two posts in the same day! Has lightning struck twice? No, I’m just in a card challenge frenzy! There were so many inspiring ideas this week that I just had to participate in them all.

This card was inspired by the Mojo Monday challenge for this week.

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Having just created a star themed card last week, I decided to go with a different shape: Lightning Bolts! Spring isn’t just about sunny days and flowers, we also need those Spring showers to help green everything up!

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To tie everything in this card together, I put a black border around everything. It all started with those cute little raindrops in the Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper, then spread to the clouds from Balloon Celebrations, which I drew by hand since there wasn’t a coordinating outline stamp. I would like to point out that these lines are not quite perfect ON PURPOSE. The raindrops are a little off center with their outlines, so I tried to match that style.

Where was I? Oh, black borders. Yes. I also added thin black borders around each of the paper panels. Black is a really stark and strong color, so thin, thin border stand out just as well as a thicker border would in a different color.

In the end, all these black borders around things give this card a bit of a comic book look.

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Tips:

All the lightning bolts are the same stamp! I just shortened them to different lengths and drew a solid black line across the top of the shape.

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Materials Used:

Cardstock: Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Basic Black (c) Stampin’ Up

Paper: Wildflower Fields (c) Stampin’ Up

Stamp Sets: And Many More, Balloon Celebration, Calling All Heroes (c) Stampin’ Up

Ink: Tuxedo Black (c) Memento

Other: Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker, Dimensionals

Happy Spring

Happy Spring everyone! It was 75 degrees today and sunny with just a few puffy white clouds. It couldn’t have been a nicer spring day!

This card was inspired by nice weather and the current Global Design Project theme.

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For this card I used a stamp set from Papertrey called Spring Borders. The adorable little bunnies come all in a row, but I cut them all apart so they could each be on their own little circle. The stamp set also comes with a line of grass, which I layered on the bottom of the circle to make lots of grass (in Wild Wasabi). I drew in little flower fluffs with Stampin’ Write markers (Melon Mambo and Crushed Curry).

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The rabbits are colored with a  variety of the neutral colored Stampin’ Write markers… I no longer remember which ones, I’m afraid. I used all of them, then picked out the bunnies I liked best.

This was a surprisingly fussy little card. There are tiny dimensionals behind the rabbits, lots of coloring with very fine tipped markers, and then the circles have to be placed so precisely!

In the end I’m very pleased with it.

Even photographing this card was fussy. I couldn’t get the lighting right, and then things looked blurry or too washed out. Never fear, though, my helpful photography assistant and got everything straightened out.

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Materials used:

Ink: Tuxedo Black (c) Memento, Wild Wasabi, Crushed Curry (c) Stampin’ Up

Markers: Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Neutral Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up

Other: Circle Dies, 1 13/15 inch Tag Punch, Dimensionals, Corner Rounding Punch (c) Becky Higgins, Green Ribbon