Friday, August 31, 2018

One More Thinking of You

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   I hope you've been enjoying my week of sharing Stampin' Up's "Rooted in Nature" stamp set and the awesome "thinking of you" sentiment stamp. I love that bold, graphic font and I love pairing it with the beautiful trees in the stamp set.

Today's card is another "inspired by" card. This time it's inspired by a card made by Dawn Olchefske--who has inspired loads of other similar cards. I did mine just a little differently than Dawn. She's a master at sponging on color. Me? Not so much. So I used Watercolor Paper to make my ombre strip of color.
I started with a 3-3/4" by 5" Watercolor Paper panel. I used painter's tape to mask off a strip where I'd place my color. I used the waterfall stamp from the "Waterfront" stamp set to apply, from the top, Night of Navy, Mossy Meadow, and Pineapple Punch inks. Then I used my Aqua Painter to blend the colors. Because I am the world's most impatient stamper, I used my Heat Tool to set the colors.

When the ink was set, I carefully peeled off the painter's tape and then used my Stamparatus to stamp the "thinking of you" sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I used the Stamparatus because the Watercolor Paper isn't smooth, so it takes a few times to get a solid image. Clever, huh? I also set this with my Heat Tool. Then I adhered it to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Night of Navy mat and then onto a Thick Very Vanilla Card Stock card base, cut lengthwise.

I used the Stamparatus to stamp the tall tree from the "Rooted in Nature" stamp set onto Very Vanilla Card Stock. I stamped it first in Night of Navy Ink and then in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I wanted a dark, dark navy tree to stand out against the bold background. And, yes, I set this with my Heat Tool before cutting it out with the coordinating Nature's Root Framelit. I adhered the tree to the card with a combination of regular and Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.

Next week I'll be sharing some cute cards made with the Animal Expedition Suite of products. Come back and see what I have in store for you!!

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Dolce Colors Thinking of You

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   There are so many stampers whose work inspires me. Sometimes I like their all-around style. Sometimes I admire their flare for composition.  Sometimes I fall in love with their color palette. Krista Frattin, on the Stampin' Dolce, blog inspires me with her clean and simple designs, her awesome color palette, and her thoughtful embellishments. I didn't think I could pull off a "dolce" card myself, without turning to a card that Krista made and CASEing it. I eventually did add some of my own touches, but I owe homage to Krista's spectacular card!
For my card, I inked the tallest tree from the "Rooted in Nature" set in Mint Macaron and stamped it onto a Whisper White scrap. Then, without reinking the stamp, I stamped it onto a 3-3/4" by 5" Whisper White panel twice--not reinking it in between (second and third generation stamping). I then inked the same stamp in Rich Razzleberry Ink and stamped off once before stamping onto the same panel. Then I cut the original tree out with the matching Nature's Root Framelit.

I adhered the stamped panel to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Crumb Cake Card Stock mat and then onto a 4" by 5-1/4" Grapefruit Grove mat. I wrapped a length of Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon around these pieces before adhering them to a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base, cut lengthwise. I adhered the die-cut tree to the card with a combination of Mini and regular Stampin' Dimensionals.

Next I cut a Whisper White Card Stock square with one of the Stitched Shapes Framelits and adhered this to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. I stamped a sentiment from the "Nature's Poem" stamp set in Rich Razzleberry Ink onto Whisper White Card Stock. I fussy cut the words with my Paper Snips and used Mini Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere them to the stitched shapes square. I used my Clear Wink of Stella to add some shimmer to the words and to give them a watercolored effect.

I finished the card by added some of the gorgeous Share What You Love Artisan Pearls.
I'm so pleased with my Stampin' Dolce-inspired card. Which stampers inspire your creativity? I'd love to hear from you!

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

All The Leaves Aren't Brown

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   Are you old enough to know the song I'm alluding to? It's one of my favorite folk-rock songs from the 1960s: "California Dreamin'" by The Mamas & The Papas. I love the harmonies in that song. But the leaves on today's card aren't brown--they're Blackberry Bliss and Grapefruit Grove!

The Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper is part of the Nature's Poem Suite of Products on pages 142-144 of Stampin' Up's Annual Catalog. I like to use DSP to help me establish color combinations for cards. Frankly, I never would have put Blackberry Bliss and Grapefruit Grove together myself. Thank goodness, the fine folks at Stampin' Up have a better color vision than I do!
Today's card is a little bit stepped up from yesterday's, but it still lets the DSP take the lead. I started by adhering a 3-3/4" by 5" piece of Nature's Poem DSP to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Grapefruit Grove Card Stock mat. I adhered a strip of striped Blackberry Bliss DSP (the flip side of the leaves piece) down the side. I wrapped two lengths of Whisper White Baker's Twine, slightly offset, around  this piece and then adhered everything to a Blackberry Bliss Card Stock card base.

I stamped the same "thinking of you" sentiment from the "Rooted in Nature" stamp set that I'm using all week in Blackberry Bliss Ink onto Whisper White Card Stock. I set the ink with my Heat Tool and then cut it out with one of the Stitched Shapes Framelits. I adhered it to a Grapefruit Grove Card Stock scalloped oval that I cut with one of the Layering Ovals Framelits. I adhered this piece to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

For a cute finishing touch, I stamped the leaf from the "Rooted in Nature" set in Grapefruit Grove Ink onto Vellum Card Stock and set it with my Heat Tool. (Be careful not to scorch the vellum!) I cut this out with the matching Nature's Root Framelit and adhered it to the card with a strategically placed Glue Dot.
Tomorrow I'm going to step it up several notches and show you a card with loads and loads of details. I hope you'll come back and see it!

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