I had a vision in my head… and I'm not sure why that included a red sky.. I guess it was a dramatic sunset… but these lighthouse cards are what came out of my vision.. a dramatic watercolor wash background for my High Tide stamp set cards!
I hope you will watch my VIDEO TUTORIALbelow in this post to see how I made these and to hear about the tips and additional components I added to these cards!
Please watch my VIDEO TUTORIAL belowto learn how to create the beautiful watercolor wash backgrounds with a clear block and ink pads, and tips on stamping the 2-step Lighthouse stamp!
If you are reading this in an email, please CLICK HERE to watch the video.
Fun Tips To Note:
all of the watercolor wash backgrounds turn out different
it's fun to experiment with different colors
the High Tide stamp set has some GREAT sentiments/greeting images
grass from the Basket Builder framelits is perfect on these cards
vellum die cut with the Sunburst Thinlit makes great "light" for the lighthouse
I think you'll be amazed at the color palette I used to make these cards and how easy the watercolor background is to create with the Stampin' Up! Clear Block E, a few ink pads and watercolor paper!! Be sure to watch the video for all the fun details.
I stamped the greeting/sentiment onto watercolor paper and die cut it with the Stitched Shape framelits.
For this card, I die cut cardstock vellum with the Sunburst thinlit and colored it with the Daffodil Delight ink pad and sponge daubers, then added the "rays" to the card like light from the lighthouse. See the VIDEO above for all the details.
Above: I loved the printed paper background addition to this card.. a piece of "sunburst" printed paper from the Cupcakes & Carousels paper stack was perfect for the background of this card!! 🙂
Above/Below: the grass die cut piece from the Basket Builder framelit set (pg 18 Occasions catalog) was the perfect addition to some of my lighthouse cards. I die cut it out of Crumb Cake cardstock then sponged some Old Olive and Soft Suede ink onto it.
For tips on stamping the lighthouse, and adding a little deeper color with your Stampin' Write marker, watch the video above in this blog post.
I found that I liked the Smoky Slate ink for the "shadow" of the lighthouse image the best. I'm sure you will find lots of color combos you like! It's fun to experiment! Just be sure to write them down so that you'll remember what you tried!
After stamping the lighthouse and "sand" on the separate piece of watercolor paper, I cut it out by hand and added it to the front of the card with a ton of Stampin' Dimensionals.
Thank you for joining me today.. I hope you enjoyed these cards and the tips I shared with you in the video tutorial!
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Quickly color the 12×12 sheet of black and white "Inside the Lines" Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration paper to use on your crafting creations!
This unique and fun, FREE Sale a Bration "Inside the Lines" paper is amazing, and especially appealing to those who LOVE to color like me, but, if you want an alternative to hours of coloring, try this spritzing method!
I filled my Stampin' Spritzers with rubbing alcohol and drops of reinker, and spritzed the paper super quickly!! Read on for all the details:
You will find this fun paper on page 11 of the 2017 Stampin' UP! Sale-a-Bration brochure. Here is what the "Inside the Lines" (free Sale a Bration 2017) paper looks like in this package when you open it… 12 sheets of black and white printed designs:
If you want to grab your markers, colored pencils, paint brush, etc., that's a GREAT way to color the intricate designs, but if you need to color lots of this paper FAST, grab some Stampin' Spritzers, fill with rubbing alcohol (or water) and several drops of Stampin' Up! ink refill in each one, and spritz away!
As you can see below, I put my 12×12 paper in a recycled Stampin' UP! shipping box so that I wouldn't "overspray" in my craft room.
I started by spritzing most of the paper with Daffodil Delight, then added spritzes of Watermelon Wonder and Calypso Coral. It looks splotchy at first, but dries to a lovely finish.
I like to use rubbing alcohol in my spritzers so that it dries quickly, and doesn't warp like water will. Add as many or as few drops of reinker as you wish.. I do about 10 drops per filled spritzer.
Then it's easy to cut the dry 12×12 piece into whatever sizes you need for your project. I used them on 3-1/2"x5" Stampin' Up! Note Cards.
I die cut the So Detailed thinlit in So Saffron cardstock, wrapped each one around the Inside the Lines DSP piece and added it to each Note Card.
I stamped lots of thank you images in Stitched Shape die cut circles, and layered them on scalloped circles from the Layering Circles framelit pack and Calypso Coral cardstock. The amazing Stitched Shape framelits are NOW AVAILABLE AGAIN HERE in my online store!! Click here for my video to see how well the Stitched Shape framelits work with the Layering Circles framelits!
I added my favorite new accessory, the Lace Doilies, behind the scalloped circle as well.
Have you tried out the Decorative Masks from Stampin' UP! to create custom backgrounds?
Watch my VIDEO TUTORIAL below in this post to see how easy it is!
The background I created with the Seasonal Decorative masks for my Cookie Cutter Scarecrow card is Crushed Curry ink on Crushed Curry Cardstock. I like using the whole Stampin' Sponge as you will see in the video below.
These masks (or stencils as I called them in my earlier crafting days… long long ago.. ) are really versatile because they let you create any color background image on any color cardstock!!
Need 20 sheets of red/white candy cane stripes? No problem!
Need 100 sheets of polkadots? No problem!
With regular printed patterned paper, you'd run out of the pattern you need, or you'd need to buy tons of packs, but with masks, you can keep creating forever in exactly the colors and patterns you need!
Thank you for always leaving me such kind comments when I provide a free video tutorial for you .. today I have another quick video with all the info you'll need to use these Seasonal Decorative Masks PLUS A BONUS TIP!
After creating the cute swirly backgrounds for my Cookie Cutter Scarecrow cards, I embellished the note cards a bit with some scalloped circles die cut from the Warmth & Cheer paper stack (pg 13 Holiday catalog, #141991), a scalloped piece of cardstock using the Best Badge punch, (pg 186 in the annual catalog) – watch the BONUS TIP at the end of the video above to see how I did the scalloped border!, and a little hello banner stamped and punched with the Badges and Banners stamp set (pg 89) and the Best Badge punch (pg 186).
Watch the video above for all the details to make a great scalloped edge with your Best Badge Punch! Thanks Cindee for teaching me how to do this! It was one of those priceless AH HA moments!
Welcome to part 1 of the August Color Fusers Design Team Blog Hop, featuring 3 wonderful Stampin' Up! Colors: Cherry Cobbler, Smoky Slate and Watermelon Wonder! We are so glad you have joined us on this blog hop and hope you enjoy all of the cards and projects we have to share with you! Please be sure to click on all of the links at the bottom of this post to visit all of the wonderful Stampin' UP! blogs!
Today I have 2 projects for you, both featuring the new Thoughtful Branches bundle which will be available tomorrow, Aug. 2 for customer purchase, and our August Color Fuse color combo. See below in this post for the ordering info for the stamp set, the dies or the bundle.
My first card with our Cherry Cobbler, Watermelon Wonder and Smoky Slate color combo features the "flower" or "tree top" portion of the die from this bundle. I stamped the image in Watermelon Wonder ink onto Watermelon Wonder cardstock and die cut it, then added it to a scrap of Whisper White, per my instructions below.
This is a little 3×3 gift card, to be added to a gift bag or wrapped box.
I added a mat of Cherry Cobbler cardstock and layered it onto a folded 3×3 Watermelon Wonder card. The striped paper and "for you" in the Smoky Slate color completes the color combo challenge. The silver ribbon just finishes it off perfectly! The sweet scalloped Smoky Slate piece of cardstock was die cut using the new Layering Circles framelits from Stampin' Up!
More info on Thoughtful Branches Bundle available Aug. 2nd:
The bundle features a 20+ piece stamp set and 9 dies in the framelit set! This will be a limited time offer set in August, starting Aug. 2nd while supplies last.. so be sure to add this to your August shopping list! :) Click to download a .pdf showing this great bundle!
Card #2, also featuring our August Color Fuse combo, features the stamps from the Thoughtful Branches set and subtle background colors applied with the Sponge Brayer on Whisper White cardstock.
I was aiming for a soft sunset feeling with this background so I applied color with my Sponge Brayer to the Whisper White cardstock with Cherry Cobbler at the top, then some Watermelon Wonder, and then the Smoky Slate for the "ground". I stamped the trees and grass from the Thoughtful Branches set in Smoky Slate ink, and the bird and greeting in Cherry Cobbler ink. I love the greetings and font in this stamp set, don't you!?
Watermelon Wonder striped ribbon finishes off the card. Layers of Watermelon Wonder and Smoky Slate patterned paper on the folded Cherry Cobbler card complete the Color Fuse trio for this months challenge.
Thank you for stopping by my PattyStamps blog today! I hope you enjoyed this fun color combo! Please visit the other Color Fuse Blog Hop team members listed below for more color inspiration!
Have you tried out the Stampin' UP! Sponge Brayers yet? I've used them on lots of backgrounds for my cards recently and I'm so thrilled with them!!! Find these great crafting tools on page 180 in the 2016 Stampin' UP! catalog or HERE in my online store.
To achieve these beautiful, soft results, ink the sponge brayer by rolling it a few times on your Stampin' UP! ink pad then roll it on the Irresistibly Floral paper which already had white glossy patterns on each sheet, and the glossy pattern RESISTS the ink!! It's like magic!! Be sure to buff off any excess color with a tissue or paper towel after adding the ink.
I had to ink and apply the ink to the paper about 2 or 3 times, fading out to the right to get lighter results on the right side and darker results on the left.
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I'm working on a video to show you this and other techniques using the Irresistibly Floral paper and lots of fun ways to color it! The Irresistibly Floral paper is a MUST have product for card makers and crafters! Find it on page 172 in the Stampin' Up! catalog or #141644 in my online Stampin' Up! Store.
This is the card I came up with using the background above and some lovely floral die cut images from the Flourish Thinlits package (find those on page 194 in the current catalog or #141478 online).
Card Details & Tips:
Watermelon Wonder folded card – 8-1/2" x 5-1/2", folded in 1/2
Irresistibly Floral piece: 4" x 5-1/4"
Floral die cuts: Whisper White, Island Indigo and Watermelon Wonder
Circle and Scalloped circle from the Layering Circles Framelits #141705
The flower centers are White Perfect Accents, found on page 177 with all of the other Stampin' Up! embellishment accents, or #138416 online. I colored one of them with a coral colored Sharpie marker.
The sweet little star accents on the die cut circle are from the Subtles Enamel Shapes package, also on the embellishment page, #141679.
Round the corners of just the right side of the Irresistibly Floral paper for a neat design detail. Project Life Corner Punch #135346.
I love the new Layering Circles framelits because of the cute scalloped circle options.. what a fun way to accent the Celebrate your Day greeting!! You'll find this sweet greeting, and others, in the Bunch of Blossoms stamp set, pg 69, or #141573 online.
Watch my video HERE to see more details on this amazing Irresistibly Floral paper!
I asked if you would like to see a video and you said YES!!! Sorry it took me so long to get one done.. my video camera died, so I got a new one.. and of course there is always a bit of a learning curve with new technology… so.. Sorry about that, but HERE it is.. the Video Tutorial for the Sponged Background Vellum Overlay Tree Cards! 🙂
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