Happiness Is Polka Dots and Rainbows

Today’s card was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #244!

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Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved rainbows. My sisters and I knew which weather conditions and times of day were ripe for rainbows, and if one of us spotted one, we’d alert each other by shouting, “Rainbow! Rainbow!” and running out into the driveway to gawk at it. As we grew up we joked that if we started a band, it would be called “Rainbow Alarm”.

I also love polka dots, though maybe not quite as much as rainbows. If I had to design a designer series paper, it would certainly be a whole stack of papers with different sized polka dots in every color.

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This card was incredibly easy to make.I had several words from the Hello You die set from Stampin’ Up! already cut out (I tend to get carried away and cut more than I need) and I had a stack of white ovals already cut out. I made my own ovals in Illustrator and cut them out with the Cricut Explore Air.

All I had to do was add color! And trim the background paper.

To add the color, I sponged Crushed Curry ink onto the middle section of the oval (using circular rubbing motions and starting the sponge off the side of the paper). In the same way I added Watermelon Wonder ink to one side and Island Indigo to the other side, letting them overlap the Crushed Curry.

Add glue and some dimensionals and the card is complete!

So simple, and yet it still makes me as happy as a card that I’ve spent hours laboring over! Maybe even happier!

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Happy stamping and thanks for visiting!

Colors:

Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Smokey Slate

Materials:

Cardstock: Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Hello You (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Sponge, Oval cut using Cricut Explore Air

Complementary Flowers

This card features one of my favorite color schemes! The official art term for this type of color scheme is “complimentary” color scheme, meaning the colors are on the exact opposite sides of the color wheel.

Here’s what this color scheme looks like on a color wheel:

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This image comes from color.adobe.com, a great tool for all artists who use color!

See how far apart those colors are? Okay, not exact opposites, but pretty darn close. When colors from far apart on the color wheel are juxtaposed, they create a lot of contrast which can make the elements on a card really pop!

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If you, too, like a lot of contrast, try this color combination!

Lessons learned: I attached my ribbon using snail adhesive, but I didn’t think I needed to cover the entire back of the ribbon with it. It looked fine at first, but the ribbon loosened up just a little bit and it sags just a tiny bit where there wasn’t adhesive. Learn from my mistake and make sure your ribbon is firmly attached!

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

Materials used:

Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Basic Black (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: What I Love stamp set (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: watermelon colored ribbon, pear colored ribbon

 

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