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.

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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

Celebrate Today in Black and White

 

This card was made in response to Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #57.

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Hello again, readers! I’m happy to announce that I am back! I’ve had a crazy busy month, filled with trips, events, and a busy work schedule, but things are finally settling back to normal. I’m excited to be writing and sharing cards once again and I’ve got a whole pile waiting for you!

This is a simple fancy folded ‘Z’ card. The front of the card has been folded back in half and the white panel on the front lines up with the inner white panel. Start with a half sheet of cardstock (5-1/2 x 11). Score at 4-1/4, flip over, score at 2-1/8, then crease both folds. This is what it looks like from the top:

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I decorated the left panel with Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up! I love the bold designs in this paper stack and they are perfect for this challenge.

I cut out a small rose shape from the Rose Garden Thinlit Die set and glued it in the corner of the front white panel. I trimmed the corner off around the rose petals so a little bit of the inside of the card showed through.

On the inside of the card I added a little bit of metallic silver washi tape as an accent.

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Finally, I finished off the card by adding the sentiment from the Enjoy the Little Things stamp set from Stampin’ Up!

Thanks for visiting and for your patience while I was gone! Happy stamping!

Materials:

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

Paper: Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Stamps: Enjoy the Little Things stamp set (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Rose Garden Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: silver washi tape

Starlit Celebration

This card is dedicated to celebrations, including the one at Paper Players! Congratulations on Challenge 300!

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Above the tulle and candlelight, two balloons float amidst the stars. The two balloons are nestled close together, finding a quiet moment amidst the festivities to just lean up against each other.

I chose not to include a sentiment on this card, in part to keep it simple, but also because in my imagination this same view of the stars could be at a wedding or many years later at an anniversary celebration. This timeless love story reminds me of my own grandparents who celebrated 67 years of marriage. They passed away exactly two weeks apart; my grandfather, who was normally in excellent health for a 91 year old, couldn’t live without my grandma.

Like two balloons whose strings have been cut, floating away through the stars…

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Now that I have you all tearing up… let’s talk about how to make this card!

The background paper is from the Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack from Stampin’ Up! The sheer tulle drapes are made of vellum that I cut with large circular dies into crescent shapes. I made sure one end came to a point, but didn’t worry about the other end, because I knew it wouldn’t fit on the card anyway. I didn’t measure or plan these precisely. Rather, I cut several and laid them on the paper to see what worked. I trimmed off anything that hung over the edges.

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The balloons were punched out of Whistper White cardstock using the Balloon Bouquet punch from Stampin’ Up! I sponged on just a little bit of color to make them look three dimensional. The Might of Navy shadow on the top and the Watermelon Wonder (with a hint of Daffodil Delight) highlighting below make the balloons look like they are lit from below with candlelight, firelight, or holiday lights from the party.

The bottoms of the balloons are attached directly to the background paper, but the tops are propped up on dimensionals to add to the illusion of depth. Finally, I used a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker to add strings to the balloons, which are only visible on the balloon’s neck and up against the tulle.

Thanks for visiting! I hope that you have cause to celebrate this summer!

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Materials used:

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

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

Ink: Basic Black, Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight, Watermelon Wonder (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Circle Dies

Markers: Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: vellum, sponge, dimensionals

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

 

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,