In Love with Irresistibly Floral

This is my second post today; the first post was the final card in my Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Kit Challenge. Make sure to check it out if you haven’t already!

Love at First Sponge

I got a small sample of Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Specialty Paper (from Stampin’ Up!) as part of a paper share so I could try it out. I have now made two cards… and am ordering a whole pack of this right away! I am in LOVE with the embossed white designs and adding my own color! I could probably gush on for another two or three paragraphs, but I’ll spare you that and instead let you look at the photos of what I made.

(I am imagining heavenly sounding music with trumpet fanfares and sunbeams shining down as you look at this card.)

Card idea by Natalie Lapakko using Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Specialty Paper and the Bear Hugs stamp set.

It’s the paper that is heavenly! It’s so wonderful! I just can’t get enough. I would sleep with it under my pillow… but then it would get wrinkled.

Down to Business, the Challenge Business

This card layout was inspired by Global Design Project Challenge #50.

sketch Challenge GDP

I can’t believe this challenge has been around for less than a year! That milestone is coming up, though! Happy early birthday, GDP!

This homemade card features white-on-white Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Specialty Paper with sponging to add color. Designed by Natalie Lapakko

How to Sponge a Irresistibly Floral DSP Background

  1. Make sure your workspace is protected! Put down a piece of scratch paper to keep your table from turning rainbow colors.
  2. Choose your color combo. I would stick to analogous colors, or colors near each other on the color wheel. These colors will get mixed and colors that are very different from each other (for example, red and green) will mix to make brown.
  3. Cut your Irresistibly Floral DSP to the appropriate size for your card.
  4. Dab a sponge on your lightest colored ink pad. (An alternate to an ink pad is to scribble with a Stampin’ Write Marker on a clear block to deposit color. This is a slower but more controlled when adding ink to the paper.)
  5. Start the sponge off the edge of the paper! This prevents an extra dark smudge that always seems to appear on first contact.
  6. Using circular rubbing motions, spread ink onto the Irresistibly Floral DSP.
  7. Repeat steps 4-6 as desired with each color. Start with the lightest color first and work toward the darkest!
  8. Try different patterns when applying ink. In this example, I started with an S shape of Crushed Curry, then added triangular shapes of the darker colors to fill it in. You could try a horizontal, diagonal, or vertical lines, a sunburst pattern, a spiral, or many more! The possibilities are endless! (Already I’m thinking I should have ordered an extra pack of this paper!)

Analogous Colors

When you are blending colors into each other, aim to mix colors that will look pretty when blended. Primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) will always play nice with each other, unless you mix all three at once. Analogous colors are also a safe bet. That’s what I chose here. These colors are next to each other on the color wheel (and in rainbow order) so they will mix to make colors that are in between them. For example, in my card, I got a nice lime or spring green when Cucumber Crush and Crushed Curry got mixed.

Avoid colors that are complementary (opposites) or too far from each other on the color wheel. These will mix to make dull colors, mostly shades of brown. Avoid directly mixing these colors: red and green, orange and blue, yellow and violet.

Stampin' Up! Color Combo: Island Indigo, Cucumber Crush, Island Indigo

Thanks for visiting today! Happy stamping!


Cardstock: Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Specialty Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Island Indigo, Cucumber Crush, Crushed Curry (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Bear Hugs stamp set (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: sponges, rhinestones, Solid Black Bakers’ Twine, Island Indigo Cotton Ribbon (retired), Cherry On Top Washi Tape (retired) (c) Stampin’ Up!

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