Lift Me Up with Watercolor

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Lift Me Up stamps from Stampin' Up!

Lift Me Up with Watercolor

This uplifting hot air balloon card is sure to bring cheer to anyone, no matter how down they are feeling! I used the Lift Me Up stamp set to emboss patterns on watercolor paper, then added bright colors from the Global Design Project challenge of the week with watercolor wash to add a little cheer!

Blank cards are perfect for any occasion. I always keep several on hand, because you can adapt it to fit the appropriate situation. If a friend is sick, it becomes a get well card. If someone experiences a loss, it becomes a sympathy card. If you are missing someone that lives far away, it is sure to lift their spirits when they receive a handmade card from you in the mail!

This card has some pink on it… but it also has black baker’s twine, metallic embellishments, and geometric patterned paper from the Urban Underground Suite to make this a perfect balance of masculine and feminine that can be given to anyone!

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Lift Me Up stamps and Urban Underground DSP from Stampin' Up!

Challenge Inspiration

This card was inspired by Global Design Project Challenge #073!

I am super excited to be able to play along with the Global Design Project for this color challenge! I try to play along with them as often as possible… but it seems like the color challenges are cursed! Every time a color challenge comes around I have an event to keep me busy, I get sick, or sometimes both! Anyway, I’ve made it just in the knick of time this go around. Hooray!

I am also entering this card in Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Highlight, where you can vote on your favorite cards! The theme this month is Get Well Soon.

The top ten people get to participate in a blog hop next month; what fun! The voting goes live on Feb 14th at 3:00 pm CST (or Feb 15th at 8:00 am AEDT). Once it is live, check it out and vote for your favorites!

Card by Natalie Lapakko withg Lift Me Up stamps and Urban Underground DSP from Stampin' Up!

Card Directions

  1. First, cut and score a Whisper White card base.
  2. Second, cut a piece of Urban Underground Designer Series Specialty Paper 1/8″ (0.3 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Next, cut a piece of watercolor paper 1/4″ (0.6 cm) shorter and about 5/8″ (1.5 cm) narrower than the card base.
  4. Cut a strip of Basic Black about 1/2″ (1.2 cm) wide the same height as the card base.
  5. Fit the layers together and adhere everything except the watercolor paper.
  6. On the watercolor paper, stamp three small balloons and several clouds  from the Lift Me Up stamp set in VersaMark ink.
  7. On a separate small piece of watercolor paper, stamp a large hot air balloon from the Lift Me Up set.
  8. Sprinkle white embossing powder on the ink on both pieces, then heat it with a heat tool until the powder is melted.
  9. Use Watermelon Wonder and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Markers to draw zig zag lines across the large piece of watercolor paper. I overlapped the Watermelon Wonder over the Daffodil Delight slightly in the middle so they would mix. The closer together you draw the lines, the darker the color will be when you add water. If you space them out more, they will be lighter.
  10. Blend the marker lines with a wet paintbrush or Aquapainter. This sounds hard, but it really isn’t! It’s just another zig zag, but this time with water; the water does all the mixing for you!
  11. On the small piece of watercolor paper, draw Emerald Envy zig zags and blend with water.
  12. For expedited drying, use your heat tool to help dry the watercolors.
  13. When my large Emerald Envy balloon was dry, it looked too dark to me, so I sprinkled a couple drops of water on it, counted to 10, then soaked up the water with a paper towel. This results in a bleached splatter effect.
  14. Die cut the Emerald Envy balloon using the Up & Away Thinlit Dies.
  15. Use the same die to cut a balloon shape out of vellum.
  16. Loop Basic Black Solid Baker’s Twine around two fingers a couple of times, snip, them place it in the lower corner of the card. Staple it in place behind where the balloons will be (no one will see it).
  17. Adhere the two balloons using dimensionals.
  18. Add some embellishments! I used two star shaped Urban Underground Embellishments and one Daffodil Delight circle from the Brights Enamel Shapes.
  19. Adhere the front panel to the card.

Tip: Use the embellishments that you’ve got! This card also would look great with pearls, rhinestones, or sequins! Embellishments of all kinds can add a bit of sparkle, texture, and interest to a card. Experiment to find what you like!

Homemade card with Lift Me Up stamps and Urban Underground DSP from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

Uplifting Color Combination

When someone needs some cheering up, bright colors are sure to do the trick! These colors may appear a little like a stoplight at first, but they have so much more potential than that! Since they are so close to primary colors, these can be mixed very nicely. They can make a blended rainbow or look great as a watercolor wash where the colors might flow into each other. With Emerald Envy in the mix, these colors could also make great floral cards.

Stampin' Up! color inspiration: Watermelon Wonder, Daffodil Delight, Emerald Envy, Basic Gray, Basic Black

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Lift Me Up stamps and Urban Underground DSP from Stampin' Up! Color inspiration: Watermelon Wonder, Daffodil Delight, Emerald Envy, Basic Gray, Basic Black


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

Paper: watercolor paper, Urban Underground Designer Series Specialty Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: VersaMark

Stamps: Lift Me Up (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Up & Away Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Watermelon Wonder, Daffodil Delight, Emerald Envy Stampin’ Write Markers

Other: paintbrush or Aquapainter, dimensionals, white embossing powder, heat tool, vellum, Basic Black Solid Baker’s Twine, Urban Underground Embellishments, Brights Enamel Shapes (c) Stampin’ Up!

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

By Natalie Lapakko

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7 thoughts on “Lift Me Up with Watercolor”

  1. Hey Natalie, I would certainly be uplifted receiving such a wonderful card. Just loving your watercolor techniques here. In fact, looking through your blog posts, you are a whizz with colours and watercoloring! Thanks for sharing, I know how much work this is, especially with step by step directions! 🙂 xx

  2. Fabulous card! I like the watercolour background with the embossed balloons. I’ve not done that with this set but it looks wonderful. I like your interpretation of the colours.

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