Colorful Seasons Parade of Cards

Colorful Seasons Parade of Cards by Natalie Lapakko

Colorful Seasons Parade of Cards

Colorful Seasons, from Stampin’ Up!’s new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog is a must-have. It is so versatile, the delicate dies are gorgeous, the sentiments are bold and beautiful, and it works great all year round.

Clean and simple card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Seasonal Layer dies and Wood Textures DSP from Stampin' Up!

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring a SNEAK PEEK of Colorful Seasons stamps and Seasonal Layers dies from Stampin' Up!

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Botanical Blooms and a SNEAK PEEK of the Colorful Seasons stamp set from Stampin' Up!

Watercolor card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Colorful Seasons stamps and Seasonal Layers dies from Stampin' Up!

Watercolor card by Natalie Lapakko with the 3 Step Watercolor Wash Technique and featuring Colorful Seasons stamps and Seasonal Layers dies from Stampin' Up!

I have, in fact, had so much fun with this set that a card parade can’t even contain all the cards I’ve made. For even more sneak peeks of the Colorful Seasons Suite, check these previously posted cards: In the City Sneak Peek and Colorful Seasons Sneak Peek.

Do you still want more sneak peeks? I’ve got a bunch more planned for the upcoming weeks until the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog is released. Sign up for my mailing list so you don’t miss a single one!


And now, on to the card parade!

Watercolor card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Colorful Seasons stamps and Seasonal Layers dies from Stampin' Up! Color inspiration: natural wood, Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo

3 Step Watercolor Wash Technique

This card features the 3 Step Watercolor Wash technique. I love this technique because it makes such vibrant and interesting watercolor washes. As a bonus, it is pretty easy. Here’s the steps:

  1. Color with Stampin’ Write Markers on watercolor paper. Some simple zig zags back and forth will work fine. The closer together you draw the lines, the more vibrant the colors will be.
  2. Use a paintbrush or Aqua Painter to blend the colors. I like to clean my brush between each color so they blend a little, but not too much. The more water you have on the brush, the lighter the wash will be. For extra vibrant washes, use just a little water. Wait for that to dry, or use a heat tool to speed along the process.
  3. With clean water on the brush, tap the brush over the watercolored area to spatter it with droplets. More water on the brush will result in larger droplets. Count to 10, then soak up the water droplets with a paper towel. Wherever the droplets landed, there will be a lighter colored mark. This step is sometimes called “bleaching”.

Stampin’ Write Markers are by far my favorite watercolor tool. They have a lot of pigment, so the watercolor washes come out really bright. Plus, they come in every color!

Check out the little sample below the card to see what the whole process looks like, one step at a time.

Watercolor card featuring the 3 Step Watercolor Wash by Natalie Lapakko featuring Colorful Seasons stamps and Seasonal Layers dies from Stampin' Up!

To the far left is the marker scribbles. In the center, I added water to blend the colors. On the far right, I added the water droplets. 1-2-3 Easy!

Just Breathe Watercolor Card Directions

  1. First, cut a Bermuda Bay card base.
  2. Next, cut an Island Indigo panel 1/8″ (0.3 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Then, cut a piece of watercolor paper 1/4″ (0.6 cm) smaller than the card base.
  4. On the watercolor paper, do a 3 Step Watercolor Wash (directions above) using Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, and Island Indigo Stampin’ Write Markers.
  5. Die cut a circle from watercolor paper using the Stitched Shapes Framelit dies. Do a second 3 Step Watercolor Wash on the circle. Don’t worry if it doesn’t match exactly. If needed, use a heat tool to speed up the drying process!
  6. From Wood Textures Designer Series Paper, die cut a chair shape using the Seasonal Layers Thinlit Dies.
  7. Cut a short piece (~2″ or 5 cm) of Copper Trim. This ribbon is knit together a bit like a net, so you can stretch it out to make a kind of mesh.
  8. Dry fit the copper mesh, circle, and chair. Dab the paper with an Embossing Buddy to remove static.  Stamp the sentiment from Colorful Seasons in VersaMark ink, then remove the loose pieces.
  9. Sprinkle copper embossing powder onto the VersaMark, tap off any excess, then heat with a heat tool.
  10. Reposition the copper mesh, circle, and chair. Adhere the chair and circle together first, then add dimensionals to the back sides of both. Adhere the mesh to the back side of the circle with a dimensional or glue dot.
  11. Finally, attach the ensemble to the card and adhere all the layers together.

Watercolor card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Colorful Seasons stamps and Seasonal Layers dies from Stampin' Up!

Materials

Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: watercolor paper, NEW Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: VersaMark

Stamps: NEW Colorful Seasons (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies, NEW Seasonal Layers Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: NEW Copper Trim, paint brush or Aqua Painter, dimensionals, copper embossing powder, heat tool

If you click on the images below, you can see the items used to make this card in my online store. Each purchase you make there helps support Stamp Witch Blog! 

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Botanical Blooms and a SNEAK PEEK of the Colorful Seasons stamp set from Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Berry Burst. Peekaboo Peach, Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party

Life Is Beautiful Card Directions

This card features two of the new In Colors: Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist. I am a big fan of both of these! They are so vibrant that they are perfect for summery, tropical color combinations.

Sadly, the Botanical Blooms stamp set is retiring. I wanted to make sure to use it one more time. Retiring stamps and dies are still being produced until May 22nd, and after that, they are only available while supplies last! Since these stamps also have a tropical feel, I thought I’d combine something old with something new for this card!

  1. First, cut a Berry Burst card base.
  2. Next, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 1/4″ (0.6 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. On the white panel, stamp leaf shapes around the outside of the card with Botanical Blooms stamps. Use Berry Burst, Peekaboo Peach, Lemon Lime Twist, and Pool Party inks. Stamp one leaf in full strength and a different shaped leaf overlapping it in the same color that has been stamped off. This is also known as second generation stamping. Continue around the edge of the card until it is full.
  4. On a piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the sentiment from Colorful Seasons in Berry Burst ink. Die cut the sentiment using Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies.
  5. Using a scalloped circle from the Layering Circles Framelit Dies, die cut a piece of vellum so it is a little larger than the stitched circle.
  6. Wrap gold metallic thread several times around the stamped panel, adhering it in the center of the card.
  7. Adhere the the vellum and stitched circles to the center of the card using dimensionals.
  8. Add a few gold sequins for a touch of sparkle! These are from the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment kit, but there is a new Metallics Sequins Assortment that will be similar.
  9. Finally, adhere the front panel to the card base.

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Botanical Blooms and a SNEAK PEEK of the Colorful Seasons stamp set from Stampin' Up!

Materials

Cardstock: NEW Berry Burst, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: NEW Berry Burst, Peekaboo Peach, NEW Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party(c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Botanical Blooms, NEW Colorful Seasons (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies, Layering Circles Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: vellum, gold metallic thread, dimensionals, gold sequins

If you click on the images below, you can see the items used to make this card in my online store. Each purchase you make there helps support Stamp Witch Blog! 

Clean and simple card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Seasonal Layer dies and Wood Textures DSP from Stampin' Up!

Clean and simple card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Seasonal Layer dies and Wood Textures DSP from Stampin' Up!

Clean and Simple Leaf Card Directions

Do you need something elegant, but easy? Do you like clean and simple cards? This one is for you!

I wanted to show off the beauty of this leaf die without too much distracting clutter on the card. What better way than a simple layout like this one?

I added a touch of elegance by stamping the background with the coordinating leaf stamp and embossing it with white. It is a subtle touch that is difficult to see in photographs, but is beautiful in person. If you scroll down below the directions, I edited the photo a little differently so you could actually see the white embossing.

  1. First, cut a Whisper White card base.
  2. Next, cut a Whisper White layer 1/4″ (0.6 cm) smaller than the card base. On this layer stamp a cascade of leaves in VersaMark ink.
  3. Sprinkle the leaves with white embossing powder and heat it with a heat tool until the powder melts.
  4. Cut a 2″ by 2″ (5 x 5 cm) square from Wood Textures Designer Series Paper and another square of the same size from Whisper White cardstock. Adhere the cardstock to the back of the designer series paper to make it extra sturdy. I often add an extra layer of cardstock behind Designer Series Paper when I plan on elevating it with dimensionals.
  5. Die cut a white leaf using the Seasonal Layers Thinlit Dies. Adhere the leaf to the top corner of the Wood Textures square.
  6. Adhere the Wood Textures square to the front panel with dimensionals.
  7. On a thin strip of Whisper White (~1/2″ or 2.5 cm wide) stamp the sentiment from Colorful Seasons in Soft Suede ink.
  8. Trim one end of the strip to have two banner points. The easiest way to do this is to cut a slit up the middle, then cut a straight line from each corner to the top of the slit.
  9. Adhere the banner to the front panel with one dimensional on the Wood Textures square and two stacked dimensionals on the background. Trim off any excess strip that hangs off the edge.
  10. Finally, adhere the front panel to the card base.

Clean and simple card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Seasonal Layer dies and Wood Textures DSP from Stampin' Up!

Materials

Cardstock: Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: NEW Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: VersaMark, Soft Suede (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: NEW Colorful Seasons (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: NEW Seasonal Layers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: dimensionals, white embossing powder, heat tool

If you click on the images below, you can see the items used to make this card in my online store. Each purchase you make there helps support Stamp Witch Blog! 

Homemade cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring a SNEAK PEEK of Colorful Seasons stamps and Seasonal Layers dies from Stampin' Up! Color inspiration: Tranquil Tide, Early Espresso, gold

At the Lake Card Directions

These cards were inspired by summers at the cabin. One is a more realistic scene of what it actually looks like to have a chair out at the end of the dock (my happy place). The other is a more abstracted version using many of the same elements in a different arrangement.

We’ll start with directions for the realistic one.

  1. First, cut a Whisper White card base.
  2. Next, cut an Early Espresso layer 1/8″ (0.3 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Then, cut a piece of Tranquil Tide polka dot paper from Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper 1/4″ (0.6 cm) smaller than the card base.
  4. Cut a strip of Wood Textures Designer Series Paper 1-1/2″ (3.7 cm) wide. Dry fit this strip to the bottom edge of the Delightful Daisy paper and trim off any excess. Don’t adhere it yet!
  5. Use the Seasonal Layers Thinlits to die cut an Early Espresso branch and a Whisper White chair.
  6. Use the Seasonal Layers branch again, lined up diagonally across the corner of a piece of Tranquil Tide cardstock, to cut the leaf shape. Use scissors to trim it up, if necessary.
  7. In the Colorful Seasons stamp set, there is a stamp that looks like several flowers and some petals blowing away. I inked up just the petal portion of the stamp with Tranquil Tide ink to create the leaf texture on the Tranquil Tide shape: stamp twice per inking to get some leaves that are darker and some that are lighter.
  8. Dry fit the leaves, branch, wood texture rectangle, and chair on the Delightful Daisy panel. Stamp the sentiment from Colorful Seasons in VersaMark ink.
  9. Remove the loose pieces, then sprinkle the VersaMark with gold embossing powder. Tap off any excess powder. Heat the powder with a heat tool until it melts.
  10. After the sentiment is embossed, replace the leaves, branch, wood texture panel, and chair and adhere them down.
  11. Finally, adhere the card panels to the card base.

Homemade cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring a SNEAK PEEK of Colorful Seasons stamps and Seasonal Layers dies from Stampin' Up!

Life is Beautiful at the Lake Card Directions

  1. First, cut a Tranquil Tide card base.
  2. Next, cut a Whisper White panel 1/8″ (0.3 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Then, cut a piece of Tranquil Tide polka dot paper from Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper 1/4″ (0.6 cm) smaller than the card base.
  4. Cut a strip of Wood Textures Designer Series Paper 1-1/2″ (3.7 cm) wide.
  5. Use the scalloped edgelit from the Seasonal Layers thinlits to cut a Tranquil Tide scalloped shape. Adhere the scalloped shape and the Wood textures strip to the right side of the Delightful Daisy panel and trim off any excess.
  6. Adhere the card base, Whisper White panel, and front panel together.
  7. Stamp the sentiment on Tranquil Tide cardstock with VersaMark ink. Sprinkle it with gold embossing powder, tap off any excess, and heat it with a heat tool until it melts.
  8. Then, die cut the sentiment with a circle shape from the Stitched Shapes framelit dies.
  9. Die cut a Whisper White chair and an Early Espresso branch.
  10. Adhere the branch at an angle across the Wood Textures strip.
  11. Determine the placement of the of the sentiment and the chair, then adhere them together. Put dimensionals on the back of both. Cut the dimensionals smaller to fit behind the chair slats.
  12. Wrap some gold metallic thread several times around your fingers to make a circle. Adhere the circle to the back of the sentiment and chair using extra dimensionals.
  13. Finally, stick the sentiment, chair, and gold thread ensemble to the front of the card.

Homemade cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring a SNEAK PEEK of Colorful Seasons stamps and Seasonal Layers dies from Stampin' Up!

Materials

Cardstock: NEW Tranquil Tide, Early Espresso, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: NEW Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: VersaMark, NEW Tranquil Tide (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: NEW Colorful Seasons (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: NEW Seasonal Layers Framelit Dies, Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: dimensionals, gold embossing powder, heat tool, gold metallic thread (c) Stampin’ Up!

If you click on the images below, you can see the items used to make this card in my online store. Each purchase you make there helps support Stamp Witch Blog! 

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Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

By Natalie Lapakko

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