Fruit Stand with Glimmer

Fruit and Glimmer

With a challenge calling for bling and Halloween just a few days away, I have been dying to use Pumpkin Pie glimmer paper. I thought it would be fun to pair it up with Blushing Bride glitter ribbon. Double glimmer, double the fun!

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Foxy Florals for Irresistible Friends

For the Love of Irresistibly Floral Paper

I have been loving Irresistibly Floral Paper from Stampin’ Up! It is white with embossed white flowers on it. It’s incredibly easy to add a little ink with a sponge and get gorgeous colorful backgrounds. It’s the perfect paper, because it can can be any color and can coordinate with anything!

In today’s card, I combined this new favorite paper with one of my all time favorite stamp sets: Foxy Friends. In doing so, I also tried out a new technique!  Continue reading “Foxy Florals for Irresistible Friends”

Let Us Sit Together

My card today is my first experiment into using the Bokeh technique. My first reaction when I heard about this was, “Huh? What’s that?”

Bokeh is based on a photography technique that is slightly out of focus and shows lights as blurry blobs. Sometimes only the background is blurry and the focal point is in focus. Other times the entire photo is blurry. Cool fact, the word comes from the Japanese word for “haze”. Here’s an example in photography:

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Photography Credit: Top Design Mag

Now that I know this effect exists, I also see it all the time in television shows. We’re watching Person of Interest currently and it seems like it is in almost every scene!

To create this effect in ink and paper, I started with a watercolor wash of Crushed Curry and Old Olive. While that was drying, I created a stencil by using circle dies to make some different sized circular holes in a piece of vellum. I inked up a sponge using a Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad and placed my vellum stencil over my watercolor washed paper. I used circular rubbing motions to apply the ink. I varied the amount of ink added; some circles had just a tiny bit of white added and some had more. I found it was easy to go overboard on the white! Bokeh effect, achieved!

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Next, I embossed my paper using a grass embossing folder by Darice. I was rather impatient, so my paper was still a tiny bit wet still at this point. This was actually helpful with embossing, because this was extra thick watercolor paper! A little bit of water goes a long way in making the paper slightly more flexible for deep textured embossing folders or extra thick papers. Once I had my grass embossed, I used another sponge to add some additional Crushed Curry to the grass so it would stand out.

My sentiment comes from the Balloon Celebration stamp set from Stampin’ Up! I think it is kind of wistful, which is a perfect match for this bokeh grass scene.

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Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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Materials:

Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: watercolor paper

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Whisper White Craft, Old Olive, Crushed Curry (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Balloon Celebration stamp set (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: sponge, vellum, circle dies, grass embossing folder by Darice

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

 

Strawberry Surprise

First, I would like to thank the design team at Global Design Project for selecting my ice cream card as an honorable mention for last week’s challenge! I play along for the inspiration and all the amazing ideas I get from seeing everyone’s cards… but it is always nice to have recognition as well. I am incredibly honored!

This card was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #246!

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I chose a strawberry pattern paper from Stampin’ Up!’s Fruit Stand designer series paper collection.  I love this paper, but it certainly was a challenge to work with on a card that was supposed to be clean and simple; this paper has a lot going on!

I tried several different versions of this card and they were all getting too busy for my taste. I did two different things to try and calm this card down.

First, I used bold black outlines. The black stripe across the card brings a lot of stability to the card’s design. Horizontal lines subconsciously remind our brains of oceans, beds, and other calming flat things. This particular line is also very dark, giving it a lot of weight, and therefore even more stability.

There wasn’t any black in the designer series paper, though, so on it’s own this black stripe would have looked a little out of place. To tie everything together, I hand outlined the strawberries and leaves on the designer series paper using a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.

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Second, I simplified the design further by taking off the tag and making it a stand alone element. I now have a coordinating card and gift tag! I designed the tag shape using Adobe Illustrator and cut it out using the Cricut Air Explore. If you’ve got a fancy paper cutting machine, I’ve included the image below. Feel free to use, but if you do, I’d appreciate if you left a comment or sent back a picture of what you made with it!

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Wondering how I made these cute little strawberries? Can you guess? I’ll give you a clue: punches!

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The strawberries are actually balloons, punched out using the Balloon Bouquet punch from Stampin’ Up! I just cut off the “neck” of the balloon (that’s what the part is called where the air goes in). The green top of the strawberry was punched out using the Fox Builder punch. The shape that is normally the bottom of the fox’s face is also perfect for leaves, if you double it up! I finished off the strawberries with a couple of white colored pencil seeds- really just some quick scribbly shapes.

Finally, the stamp on the tag comes from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set, which has lots of cute, friendly little phrases that fit perfectly on small areas like tag fronts.

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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Note: Fruit Stand paper technically coordinates with Watermelon Wonder and NOT Real Red, but with the watercolor effect some of the strawberries look much darker and I think it looks just as nice paired with Real Red.

Materials:

Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Cucumber Crush, Real Red (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

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

Punches: Fox Builder, Balloon Bouquet Punches (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker

Other: dimensionals, white colored pencil, Cricut Explore Air