Lighthouse Love

Today’s card was inspired by the Pals Paper Arts Challenge #311!

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These colors reminded me of a foggy sunrise over the ocean. This is what I was picturing in my head, though I only just went to find the picture after I had already made the card:

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Photo credit: Lumion Footage

Naturally I turned to watercolors! I’ve been painting with watercolors far longer than I have been making cards, so it is always nice to incorporate it into cardmaking!

Watercolor tips:

  1. When doing watercolor washes, use washi tape to hold your paper flat until it dries!
  2. Cover the area you want to paint with clear water first.
  3. Squeeze Stampin’ Up! ink pads while they are closed to deposit ink onto the lid. Use that ink on a paintbrush or aquapainter to add to the water already on the card.
  4. Experiment! No two cards turn out the same when watercolors are involved! Have fun seeing what you can create!

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko Lighthouse Love 2

To add to my soft nautical colors, I added striped paper from A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper by Stampin’ Up!  These stripes reminded me of a the stripes that are a common pattern painted on lighthouses. I wanted the stripes to be perfectly symmetrical, which took two tries. On the bright side, I have a piece of striped paper cut and ready for the next card!

This just had to be a lighthouse card. The only lighthouse stamp I own is retired, though. If you don’t happen to have this stamp from the Setting Sail stamp set, I would recommend substituting the lighthouse from the stamp set From Land To Sea, also by Stampin’ Up!

Watercolor paper is more bumpy or “toothy” than cardstock, which makes it great at gripping onto water and pigment, but at the same time makes it more difficult to stamp. The top of those bumps or “teeth” pick up ink from stamps, but the valleys do not. This leaves stamped images looking broken. If you have a Misti tool, you can use it to ink and stamp the same image over and over, which darkens the image until it looks solid. I don’t have one, so I stamp on nice smooth vellum and adhere it right on top. Vellum is somewhat transparent, which is a nice effect with watercolor.

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko Lighthouse Love 3

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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Confession time: I substituted Blushing Bride for Pink Pirouette because it was a little darker. Watercolors sometimes lighten the colors you are using, and I wanted to make sure this pink was visible!

Materials used:

Cardstock: Smokey Slate (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Ink: Staz-On Black, Blushing Bride, Smokey Slate, Marina Mist (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Setting Sail stamp set (c) Stampin’ Up! (retired)

Other: paintbrush, vellum

 

 

Dinosaur Love

Today’s card was created for Stamp Ink Paper challenge #58!

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I clearly took some liberties with this sketch. I used a dinosaur shape instead of a rectangle and my sentiment doesn’t actually have any words and got moved up. The point of the challenge is to be inspired, though, and I definitely was!

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This is a pretty wild color combination. It has lots of bright colors and lots of contrast. With dinosaurs as a focal point and a sentiment that requires zero ability to read, this is the perfect card for a kid birthday, valentine, or a just-because-I-love-you card!

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This type of color scheme has a couple different names including “split complementary” and “compound harmony” color schemes. It is similar to a complementary color scheme, which has two colors on completely opposite sides of the color wheel, such as blue and orange, but trades out one of the colors for the two colors on either side of it, such as yellow orange and red orange. The layout of colors looks a little like a fork, with a handle on one side and two or three tines on the other side.

If I had followed this color scheme type really strictly, I probably would have picked Tempting Turquoise instead of Night of Navy. As you can see, my fork shape got a little crooked.

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I love this bright and bold color scheme! This image was created with one of my favorite color tools on the internet: Adobe Color CC.  This tool allows you to input your own color codes (such as official Stampin’ Up hex values) and see how they work together. You can also select different types of color schemes and move one of the colors to watch all the colors move in relation to each other. This is a great tool for finding colors that work well together! Try it out!

This color scheme is so active that the rest of the card can be very simple, which makes it easy to make.  If you want to try making this card for for your favorite dinosaur loving person, here’s how. All products mentioned are from Stampin’ Up!

  1. Cut a standard sized card (5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ OR 4-1/4″ x 11″) in Watermelon Wonder, crease, and fold in half.
  2. Cut a Whisper White panel at 5-1/4″ x 4″.
  3. Cut a piece of Pumpkin Pie colored Fiesta Birthday Designer Series Paper at 5-1/8″ x 3 7/8″.
  4. Cut a piece of polka dot patterned Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper at 1-3/4″ x 3-7/8″.
  5. Stamp a dinosaur from the No Bones About It stamp set in Real Red. Fussy cut with a thin white border.
  6. Stamp a heart filled word bubble from the Foxy Friends stamp set in Watermelon Wonder. Outline with a Night of Navy Stampin’ Write Marker. Fussy cut out with a thin white border.
  7. Assemble using your favorite adhesive. Add dimensionals behind the dinosaur and word bubble.

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko Dinosaur Love 3

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

Materials:

Cardstock: Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Fiesta Birthday, Floral Boutique Designer Series Papers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Real Red (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Night of Navy Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: dimensionals

Balloon Builders Love

I made this for my in-laws for Valentine’s Day, but it is a great card for anniversaries, weddings, and birthdays for loved ones.

First, I used Balloon Builders (c) Stampin’ Up to create the flamingos. This looks simple enough, but getting all the pieces of the flamingos lined up in the correct place was a bit of a challenge! My advice would be to start at the beak and work your way out and down. If you start at the body (like I did on my first attempt) you might find that you’ve made the flamingos too close together or too far apart for what was envisioned.

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After stamping the flamingos in Watermelon Wonder and Basic Black, I fuzzy cut them out. Using dimensionals I made them pop out a bit from the background. The background is a piece of paper from the Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack (c) Stampin’ Up. Confession time: this paper actually uses very vanilla words and I put it on white cardstock. Forgive me, fellow card makers!

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Materials:

Paper: Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack (c) Stampin’ Up

Cardstock: Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up

Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Basic Black (c) Stampin’ Up

Stamps: Balloon Builders Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up

Other: Dimensionals

Sea Street Love

My dad has loved aquariums for as long as I can remember. He taught my sisters and I how to care for fish when we were little,  taught us to identify different kinds of tropical fish, took us snorkeling, and instilled a love in us for petting sting rays.

I have never met someone that loved aquariums as much as he does… until my son came along. He seems to have inherited my dad’s fascination for watching aquatic life.

I took the two of them to the aquarium recently and there was an octopus there that was very actively climbing all around his tank. We watched him for a long time, or as long as we could before the toddler among us got bored and wanted to see other things

The Octopus became the mascot of that trip.

For Valentine’s Day I made my dad this sweet card using the Octopus stamp from the Sea Street stamp set by Stampin’ Up.

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I outlined the octopus in black using a Stampin’ Write marker. The fine tipped side works great for these little details. I love how the added black makes the image pop! It also gives the card a strong sense of unity.

Art Word Alert! Unity is a cohesiveness that brings all the elements of a piece of artwork together. It means that nothing sticks out or looks like it doesn’t belong.

In my card, I used black hand drawn lines for the string holding the banners and on the banners themselves. I also outlined the balloon and the octopus to bring the same hand drawn aspect to the rest of the card, and voila, unity!

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Materials used:

Stamps: Sea Street, Balloon Builders, and Setting Sail all (c) Stampin’ Up

Ink: Watermelon Wonder (c) Stampin’ Up

Cardstock: Watermelon Wonder, Basic Clack, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up

Patterned Paper: Going Places Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up

Other: Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker, Dimensionals

Quick, Easy, and Cute Dino Valentines

These are simple enough that you can make enough for a whole classroom of kiddos in 2 hours. Here’s how:

  1. Colorful panel: Cut 32 colorful outer panels. An 8.5×11 inch sheet of cardstock makes exactly 8 cards at 4.25×2.25 inches. 4 sheets makes 32 cards total!
  2. White panel: Cut 32 white inner panels. These should be 4×2 inches.
  3. Dinosaur: Stamp a dinosaur on each white panel. I used 4 different dinosaurs, stamped 8 times each, half in one color and half in another color. This gave me a total of 8 different colors (I used blues, greens, and yellows).
  4. Heart Balloon: Stamp a balloon on each card. I used 4 different color balloons (8 of each) and shuffled the cards a bit so different color dinosaurs got paired up with different colored balloons (reds, pinks, purples).
  5. Strings: I used a thin black marker to attach each balloon to the dinosaur. A little figure 8 on each end of the string makes it look like it is tied in a bow.
  6. Sentiment: I stamped a sentiment on the back of each card, but it could also go on the front, if you wish (and have room left).

All that’s left is to have your kiddo sign the cards to their friends!

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Materials used:

No Bones About It Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up

Balloon Builders Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up

Black Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up

Ink pads in a 12 different colors (c) Stampin’ Up

Rose Red, Whisper White cardstock (c) Stampin’ Up or near equivalents

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