Coral Mates

This card was inspired by Global Design Project Challenge #047!

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I used a combination of old and new on this nautical themed card. I had brand new designer series paper, but no stamps to go with it, so I dug out two retired stamp sets to help me out. The paper showcased in this card is called By the Shore and the stamp sets are called Sea Street and Setting Sail. All are from Stampin’ Up!

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I had the cardstock and paper picked out, but decided that it looked too monochromatic with all that Calypso Coral. I opted to add an accent splash of Blushing Bride. This changed the color scheme from monochromatic to analogous. This gave a little bit of contrast, but not too much! This is a soft card and an accent color that was too different would have been too harsh.

I also used Blushing Bride for my sentiment. This helped give the card unity, because I used the color in more than one place, however, the color is really light. It looks fine in person, but in these photos it definitely gets difficult to see.

I like the colors, I like how the card turned out, and I learned a lot. I think I would do some things differently next time. Maybe I’d change the sentiment to a darker color and add some Blushing Bride enamel dots? Maybe I’d use a wider border, leaving room for Blushing Bride in the frame area? Who knows!

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Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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Materials:

Cardstock: Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: By the Shore Designer Series Paper Stack (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Sea Street, Setting Sail stamp sets (c) Stampin’ Up! (both retired)

Punch: Decorative Label Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: doily, dimensionals, Blushing Bride Cotton Ribbon (c) Stampin’ Up! (ribbon is retired)

 

Cute Little Stinker

This card corresponds with two challenges. The first is What Will You Stamp Challenge #75!

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The Second is Can You Case It Challenge #131!

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When I first sat down to make this card I was feeling really uninspired. It had been a long day, we finally got our son to sleep, and we had about an hour before bed. I also hadn’t been sleeping well. I was tired, too tired even for stamping, or so I thought. My husband gave me a look and said, “You were going to make cards tonight. You would probably sleep better if you made something.”

So I went down to my office and whipped something up. Once I got working, everything came together easily. And you know what? I slept like a log afterwards.

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I combined soft yellows with bold blacks in my designer series papers from Stampin’ Up! The Daffodil Delight polka dots are from the Fruit Stand collection and the black zigzags are from the Pop of Pink collection.

The little skunk is, of course, built using the Fox Builder Punch and the Foxy Friends stamps set, both from Stampin’ Up! For the most part, my little skunk isn’t very different from the standard way many people have been creating skunks with this punch set… until you get to his tail. For my tail, I actually punched 3 tail shapes, two in black and one in white. I layered all three together, adhered them together, and trimmed the tip a bit so it was a little pointier. The result is a little wider tail with a little thinner white stripe.

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For a card I didn’t feel like making at first, this turned out pretty stinkin’ cute! My husband deserves at least half the credit for this card’s existence. It’s amazing to have such a supportive person in my life. Thanks, hubby!

Thank you readers, as well, for stopping by, reading my story and admiring my card! Happy stamping!

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Materials:

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

Paper: Fruit Stand, Pop of Pink Designer Series Papers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Stamps: Foxy Friends stamp set (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punch: Fox Builder (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Oval cut using Cricut Explore Air

For the Birds

These cards were inspired by CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge #183!

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I created this card using watercolors and two bird images cut out using my Cricut Explore Air. If you have a die cutting machine, these birds are called “Flourish Bird” and “Blue Bird”.  I cut these out as one of the very first things I ever cut on the Cricut, but I didn’t make them into cards until now. I somehow knew that the perfect opportunity was on it’s way!

Both birds are cut out of paper that is very close to Island Indigo… or maybe Pacific Point… with a white background. (I sadly didn’t own very much Stampin’ Up! paper back then).

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Both cards were created using the same watercolor technique called either the “watercolor wash” or the “wet into wet” technique.

First, I taped down the watercolor paper using washi tape; this prevents warping. Then. I painted three stripes of clear water on the card. Next, I added ink from my ink pads by squeezing the pads while the lid was shut then picking up the excess ink from the lid after I opened it. The ink colors were Watermelon Wonder, Blushing Bride, and Daffodil Delight.

I love how watercolor never turns out the same twice in a row. I did the exact same thing for both these cards and the watercolor areas still look different from each other!

I stamped my sentiments onto vellum shapes with Staz-On black ink, then adhered them to the card using glue dots carefully concealed behind the words in the sentiment.

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Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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Materials:

Cardstock: Island Indigo, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: watercolor paper

Ink: Staz-On Black, Daffodil Delight, Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Dies and punches: circles, Tree Builder Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: paintbrush or Aquapainter, Cricut Explore Air, vellum

 

 

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!

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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.

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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

 

 

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