Hello, Favorites!

This card was inspired by the Stamp Ink Paper challenge #52 and Can You Case It challenge #124.

It just so happens that watercolor is one of my favorite things, so these challenges worked magic together. I got to use my favorite colors of all time, two favorite techniques, and a brand new die set that has jumped right to the top of my favorite stamping tools.

Pardon me in advance for the excessive exclamation points throughout the rest of this post. I just got so excited by these challenges and how this card turned out in the end!

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First, my favorite colors: Crushed Curry is the brightest and possibly happiest of of the yellows from Stampin’ Up! It’s strong enough to be used with dark colors without looking wimpy or getting overshadowed. Bermuda Bay and Island Indigo are both in the “teal” family. I’m nuts about teal and have been since I was little. I LOVE teal! From wallpaper, to bridesmaid dresses, to my blog logo, to the shirt I was wearing when I created this card (and about 1/3 of the rest of my wardrobe) I have chosen to surround myself with variations on this color for as long as I can remember. Bermuda Bay is a warm tropical teal that works well with bright colors to create a festive feel. Island Indigo is a twilight sky teal that is rich and bold; it works equally well in jubilant and somber settings.

Second, watercolor! I have loved watercolor ever since I had those coloring books that came with the little palette printed at the bottom of the page; when you added water they became paint that you could use to fill in the pictures. I learned how to do real watercolor in a high school art class. I only started using watercolor to make cards recently… I guess I technically started making all kinds of cards recently! Anyway, I love watercolor effects on cards! This particular effect is called a wash and there are two simple steps:

  1. Get the paper wet. Wherever the outer edge of the water is will be the outer edge of your painted shape.
  2. Add ink to the water on the paper. I use my Stampin’ Up! ink pads, give them a little squeeze while they are closed, then use the excess ink on the inside of the lids. Ink refills are also a great source of inky color.

Okay, three steps. You also have to let it dry. I use a little spare washi tape or masking tape to stick the paper to my table so the water will not make the paper buckle (as much).

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Third, layers! I really like adding layers to cards. I especially like thin layers of black, since they make the card looks so bold and exciting! The contrast between the black and the white is incredibly eye catching. It reminds me of comic books, to have every panel outlined in black. These particular black outlines are just 1/16″ all the way around. You don’t need much black to make a big impact!

Fourth, new thinlits! I was so excited to get these in the mail that I immediately ran down to my office to “just cut out one word to see how it looked” and didn’t emerge again until this card was complete. This little thinlit was just so inspiring that I couldn’t wait to create with it! I’ve only had this set two days and it is already my favorite.

In the end, I just LOVE how this card turned out! Imagine that, using all* your favorite things and ending up really liking the card in the end.

*My final favorite thing is washi tape, but I couldn’t figure out a way to incorporate it into this card. My next card will have to use washi tape to make up for it.

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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Materials:

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

Paper: watercolor paper, Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Hello You Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: paintbrush, water

 

0 thoughts on “Hello, Favorites!”

  1. Your excitement really jumps off the screen, Natalie! Your card is beautiful, and I love the color combination you picked. I agree about black on cards, and you worked it in wonderfully.

  2. Natalie your card is CAS perfection! Love the colors and your background. Thanks for playing along with us this week at Stamp Ink Paper!

  3. Beautiful! Love the watercolor background and the layering! Such a beautiful card! Thanks so much for joining us at Stamp, Ink, Paper for our Challenge this week!

  4. Natalie your card is so gorgeous!! I love the watercoloring and the black layers just makes your pop even more! Love you excitement!! Thank you so much for joining us this week at Stamp Ink Paper:)

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