Colorful Seasons Sneak Peek

Colorful SEasons Sneak Peek by Natalie Lapakko

Colorful Seasons Sneak Peek

Today’s card features a sneak peek at the Colorful Seasons suite from the upcoming Annual Catalog. I didn’t use the stamps for these cards (don’t worry, you’ll see plenty of those in the coming days) and instead focused on the gorgeous dies in the Seasonal Layers Thinlits die set.

Homemade cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring a SNEAK PEEK of Seasonal Layers Thinlit Dies from the Colorful Seasons suite by Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Melon Mambo, Berry Burst, Elegant Eggplant, Early Espresso

The Seasonal Layers die set has a plethora of gorgeous dies, for all seasons. I used the Spring dies, which include a branch and three different shapes of blossoms. The other seasons also have beautiful dies. I don’t think I’m going to be able to wait until the appropriate season to use the leaves and snowflakes!

Homemade cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring Seasonal Layers Thinlit Dies from the Colorful Seasons suite by Stampin' Up!

Challenge Inspiration

This card was inspired by Global Design Challenge #084!

My goodness, what an honor it is to CASE Michelle Last for today’s Global Design Project challenge! She’s the number three Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in the world! Wow!

Michelle has an awesomely inspiring blog where she shares a really wide variety of projects. She never seems to get stuck doing the same type of thing and won’t be pinned down to one style, though everything she makes is stylish. She shares 3D projects, gift packaging, new techniques, and even fancy fold cards! I always look forward to what she is going to come up with next.

From Michelle’s card, I borrowed the flowering branch from under the bird and expanded upon that idea. I still used a white background with pinks and browns in my color scheme, as you see in Michelle’s bird, and one of my cards features die cut squares similar to the little frame.

Homemade cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring Seasonal Layers Thinlit Dies from the Colorful Seasons suite by Stampin' Up!

Card Directions: Remarkable You

  1. First, cut a Berry Blast card base.
  2. Next, cut a panel of Early Espresso cardstock 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. With a water filled paintbrush (or Aquapainter) wet the area of the watercolor paper that will be colorful.
  5. While the ink pads are closed, squeeze the tops of Melon Mambo, Berry Burst, and Elegant Eggplant ink pads to distribute ink on the inside of the cover, then open the ink pads so the cover is exposed.
  6. Dip the paintbrush into the ink in the cover and then add it to the wet area on the paper. The water will help blend the colors together at the edges. I added Melon Mambo on the far left, Berry Burst in the center, and Elegant Eggplant on the right side, with a few added Elegant Eggplant dots in the other color areas.
  7. Let the watercolor paper dry or heat set it with a heat tool to speed up the drying process.
  8. Stamp the sentiment from the Remarkable You stamp set below the watercolor area in VersaMark ink.
  9. Sprinkle gold embossing powder over the VersaMark ink, then heat it with a heat tool to melt the powder.
  10. Die cut an Early Espresso branch using Seasonal Layers Thinlit dies.
  11. Die cut several blossoms from watercolor paper using the same Seasonal Layers Thinlit dies. Color the centers of the flowers with a Melon Mambo dot, then use a blender pen to spread the ink onto the petals.
  12. Adhere the branch and blossoms to the card watercolor panel and adhere all the layers together.

Card Directions: I Grew Up Loved

  1. First, cut a Melon Mambo card base.
  2. Next, cut a panel of Early Espresso cardstock 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. Set these aside for a moment.
  4. Wet a paintbrush with water and ink from the lid of an ink pad. On a scrap of watercolor paper (a quarter sheet size works well) splatter Melon Mambo, Berry Burst, and Elegant Eggplant splatters. The wetter your paintbrush, the larger the splatter marks will be.
  5. From the splattered paper, die cut three squares using Stitched Shape Framelit dies. Sponge a little melon Mambo ink onto the the squares to change the background color of the splattered paper to pink. I sponged mostly on the edges so the center of the square remained lighter.
  6. Cut an additional three Stitched Shape squares of the same size from Early Espresso cardstock.
  7. Die cut an Early Espresso branch using Seasonal Layers Thinlit dies.
  8. Die cut several blossoms from watercolor paper using the same Seasonal Layers Thinlit dies. Color the centers of the flowers with a Melon Mambo dot, then use a blender pen to spread the ink onto the petals.
  9. Once all the pieces are assembled, dry fit (arrange without gluing) the squares on the plain white panel of watercolor paper. Stamp the sentiment from the Suite Sayings stamp set in VersaMark ink, then remove all other pieces from the card front.
  10. Sprinkle gold embossing powder over the VersaMark ink, then heat it with a heat tool to melt the powder.
  11. Adhere the three card panels together, then adhere the die cut squares, branches, and blossoms. Optional: Use dimensionals between the Early Espresso squares and the splattered squares for added depth.
  12. Optional: Tuck some Lace Doilies behind the die cut squares before gluing them down.

Homemade cards by Natalie Lapakko with Seasonal Layers Thinlit Dies from the Colorful Seasons suite by Stampin' Up!

Color Combination

Berry Burst is a beautifully intense color that is halfway between a pink and a purple. I wanted to showcase it in an analogous color scheme today to show off how well it coordinates with either end of the spectrum.

After playing around with it a little bit on this card (and a couple more you’ll be seeing soon) I am really starting to fall in love with Berry Burst!

Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Melon Mambo, Berry Burst, Elegant Eggplant, Early Espresso

Materials

Cardstock: Berry Burst, Melon Mambo, Early Espresso (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Watercolor paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: VersaMark, Melon Mambo, Berry Burst, Elegant Eggplant (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Remarkable You, Suite Sayings (c) Stampin’ Up!

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

Other: paintbrush or Aquapainter, paper towel, gold embossing powder, heat tool, Lace Doilies, Blender Pen (c) Stampin’ Up!

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Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

By Natalie Lapakko

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24 thoughts on “Colorful Seasons Sneak Peek”

  1. These cards are both stunners! I love the rich colours you’ve used and the glorious inky backgrounds that show off the lovely dies. This set was already on my wish list – and it just moved to the top. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Wow, I am not sure which of your cards I like the best Natalie! They are both gorgeous! I love the intensity of the watercolour background, but I am loving the many layers of interest with the watercoloured squares and doily. Super highlighting of wonderful new product! xxx

  3. You have created 2 beautifully designed cards, Natalie. The colour combination is perfect for the ‘Colourful Seasons Suite’ and Spring time blossoms. A lovely interpretation of Michelle’s card and thankyou for sharing your projects with the Global Design Project Challenge this week.

  4. Natalie although I cannot order from you as I live in Australia, I just want to say how much I love your creations and more importantly the time it has taken you to make these pages to share and inspire

  5. Both of your cards are simply stunning. If I had to make a choice between the two I would be hard pressed. Beautiful colours, great inspiration and creative talents have all come together in such a beautiful way. Thanks for inspiring.

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