Simply My Favorite Colors

This cards was inspired by the Pals Paper Arts Challenge #301.


Teal and yellow are my all time favorite colors. By “all time” I literally mean for as long as I can remember and probably until I die. I love these colors!

That said, for this challenge I felt a lot of pressure to make something extra amazing. I put it off to the last day trying to decide what that extra amazingness would consist of. In the end, I decided to go with some nice layers and a hint of designer series paper.

Once I got started, this card just came together almost on it’s own. It was so simple and easy… what did I wait this long for?


When I first tested my stamp, my ink pad was too “juicy” meaning it had too much ink in it. When too much ink sticks to the thin lines of letters like in this stamp, the letters get bloated looking, going from fat to thin and fat again. They look a bit like snakes that have eaten an entire family of squirrels.

Eventually I will use up enough of the ink that this issue will go away on it’s own. For now, though, I had to figure out how to get a clean stamped image. I ended up using a sponge to soak up a little extra ink from the pad, then sponged it onto the stamp to more evenly distribute the ink. This resulted in an image that was about halfway between “full strength” stamping and “stamped off” strength (when you stamp on a piece of scratch paper before stamping on your card).

I call this the “Sponge On” method! It worked great! If you try this at home, be careful to wipe any excess ink that gets sponged onto the edges of the stamp’s backing so you don’t stamp any unintended halos around your image.

Panel sizes:

Card size: 5-1/2″ by 4-1/4″ Bermuda Bay

Panel 1: 5-1/8 by 3-7/8″ Pool Party (or the card size minus 3/8″)

Panel 2: 4″ by 2-3/4″ Bermuda Bay (or card size minus 1-1/2″)

Panel 3: 3-5/8″ by 2-3/8″ Pool Party (or card size minus 1-1/2 and minus another 3/8″, 1-7/8″ total)

Striped Panel: by 2″ by 3-7/8″ It’s My Party DSP

Tip: Perhaps you can tell from the way I have listed my measurements… if my panels are going to have dimensions that decrease evenly from the size of the card, I find it much easier to measure the amount I am cutting off. So I’ll cut a panel the same size as the card then quickly cut off an inch and a half rather than try to figure out the math for 4-1/4 minus 1-1/2 = ? This might use a little more paper, but it saves a lot of time!


I drew the string for the balloon with a Basic Grey Stampin’ Write marker.

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Cardstock: Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: It’s My Party Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Happy Birthday Everyone, Balloon Celebrations (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Bermuda Bay (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punches: Balloon Bouquet Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Sponge, Dimensionals

0 thoughts on “Simply My Favorite Colors”

  1. Sweet simple layers with that little bit of stripe that pops…great card and love the balloon! thanks for playing along with the pals color challenge this week!

  2. Such a fun card. I love the that balloon and the colors are perfect for a birthday card. Thanks for playing with us at Pals Paper Arts.

  3. You have wonderful favorite colors Natalie! Love the way you used the striped dsp. And it looks like you drew the little string and bows ~ super cute! Thank you for joining us this week for the Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge!

  4. Perfect simplicity, Natalie! I adore this card – great showcase of these colors. Thanks for playing along with this week’s Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge!

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