This week’s Inspire.Create is a fun sketch. Pop over to the blog to see the sketch, as well as the other fabulous Design Team creations. While I do love a sketch, I also love to change things up a bit, and so I used this sketch as more of a jumping off point than a recipe!
This watercoloured panel has been sat on my desk for a few weeks, just waiting for the right project. It uses the Sweet Strawberry stamp set, stamped in Stazon and watercoloured in Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Fresh Freshia and Balmy Blue.
Because the stamped panel is such a feature, I chose to keep the rest of the card super simple, and added the heat embossed sentiment on black card stock to pick up on the black stamping.
So nice to see you this week, I’m trying to get back onto the blogging horse, and am aiming for 3 blog posts a week. I managed to blog twice last week, and I’m already writing this week a bit ahead of time so fingers crossed I can drop back into a routine!
This week’s Inspire.Create.Challenge is a fun colour combination; Blushing Bride, Lovely Lipstick, Night of Navy and Old Olive. I almost took a Christmas-y twist on this one, but then I spotted Bloom and Grow on my stamp shelves and went floral instead!
The floral spray is heat embossed with Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder and then watercoloured with Lovely Lipstick, Night of Navy and Old Olive. I’ve add a background wash in Blushing Bride, the sentiment stamped in Night of Navy and a trio of Night of Navy jems from the Noble Peacock suite to finish.
All the watercolouring is done on the new Fluid 100 watercolour paper, available through Stampin’ Up! It’s SO nice, I love a bit of watercolouring and this paper is smoother than the previously stocked Watercolour Paper and so makes for such a nice finish.
Hey Folks! I mentioned a week or so ago about how much I love the new Bloom and Grow stamp set from Stampin’ Up! I’ve had a heap of fun playing with it, and have a stack of cards already made with it that I’ll share over the coming weeks and months. Today’s card is fun mix of heat embossing and watercolour…
I couldn’t wait to have a play with some watercolouring and this stamp set, and although I will be doing some more detailed watercolouring of this stamp, today’s card is more of a loose watercolour wash effect.
The stamp set has 3 pretty floral, almost boarder, stamps. All three are quite different but all would work for this card. Here I’ve heat embossed the stamp in Copper Stampin’ Emboss powder onto a piece of Watercolour Paper.
I pulled out 3 bold colours for this watercolour; Rich Razzleberry, Shaded Spruce and Blueberry Bushel. This watercolour effect is really easy to create using an Aqua-painter. Just get that water-y ink onto the card stock, clean the brush and on with the next colour; leaving colours to mix together on the paper and dry with hard edges.
The sentiment is also from Bloom and Grow and has been heat embossed in matching Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder.
Today’s card was totally inspired by the ever talented Debbie Hughes. Debbie does wonderful things with Watercolour, and her cards are always stunning and her recent watercolour butterfly card is no exception. For all Debbie works with another companies products, I could just see Butterfly Gala in her creation, and so just HAD to give it a bash!
Each butterfly is stamped in Staz-on ink onto a panel of Watercolour card stock. Because of the texture I use my Stamparatus for this job so that I can repeat stamp and get a clear image. I think each butterfly took 3 or 4 goes to get as bold an outline as I wanted.
Then each butterfly was loosely watercoloured. A single colour for each butterfly, Melon Mambo, Blackberry Bliss and Blueberry Bushel, and some coloured splatter added over the top.
Then, once the watercolour was dry, I added an ink blended boarder of Crumb Cake ink around the piece with a sponge. I LOVE the texture this creates on the watercolour paper, so pretty!
To finish the sentiment, also taken from Butterfly Gala, is stamped onto a scrap of Blackberry Bliss card stock and heat embossed in White, some loops of Silver Metallic thread and a handful of sequins scattered across too.
Well, this week’s Inspire.Create.Challenge is a bright and bold colour combination that I have to admit had me a little stumped at first. However, I do love the card that resulted!
As always with the Inspire.Create colour combinations we are allowed to add neutral colours and so I’ve added Basic Black to really made these colours POP!
The Accented Blooms stamp set is carrying forward into the new catalogue and since I’ve cleared by Stamp Shelves of items that are leaving us in the Last Chance list its really jumped out at me at a set I haven’t used for a while. Here it’s stamped in Stazon ink onto watercolour paper and then watercoloured with the colours from the challenge.
The sentiment is also from the same stamp set and while it does coordinate with the Tailored Tag punch, I have hand cut it on this occasion.
This is where I got stuck! How to finish the card. In the end I plumped for a panel of Poppy Parade card stock embossed using the Country Floral Embossing Folder and a bow of retiring Black Shimmer Ribbon
Don’t forget to pop over to the Inspire.Create blog to check out the other bright and colour Design Team Creations as well as entering your own work into our gallery!
Then came my next dilemma… which stamp set to use?! Now, I’ve used Sale-a-bration goodies a fair bit recently, and then I’ve been playing with some of the new Spring Summer stamps too. So a lot of the stamps from the Annual catalogue have been sat lonely on the shelf! This led me to pull Oh So Eclectic! This is one of my absolute favourite stamp sets, and it has a coordinating set of dies that I also adore… so decision made!
I made a card over the weekend which I will share with you later in the week, that used Shimmery White card stock and so that was still sat out on my desk, and so this was another jumping off point for this card.
First I added a Powder Pink watercolour wash to that Shimmery White card stock and set it off to dry while I used another scrap piece to stamp those leaves in Blueberry Bushel.
Both the background die and those leaves are die cut using the coordinating Eclectic Layers Thinlits dies. This is one of those packs of dies that work well on their own as well as with the stamp set PLUS they have both cutting and embossing dies too for some fabulously dimensional projects.
The card is finished with that cute little sentiment stamped in Poppy Parade and a trio of Rhinestones.
Usually I’d be going Live on my Facebook Page about now… but I’ve been struck down with a horrible cold, and this morning my voice is not at its best. So, instead I thought I would do a sort of update blog post and share a fun card for this weeks Just Add Ink challenge.
Urgent ordering news…
Stampin’ Up! announced to Demonstrators early this week that these two punches (Butterfly Duet and Cake Builder) have been SO popular that they are struggling to keep up with demand, this combined with Chinese new year which causes issues with shipping, means that they are expecting these two be SOLD OUT within the next 2 weeks! They wont be back in stock til probably the end of March… so if you want them, grab them sooner rather than later.
Also, the Fabulous Organza Ribbon that is (was) free with a £45 order during Sale-a-bration has SOLD OUT and so wont be back! There are, of course, a heap of other goodies still available to spend your Sale-a-bration credits on!
Just Add Ink…
I felt like taking part in a new challenge this week, and Just Add Ink popped up in my Facebook Feed!
This week’s challenge is to create a project inspired by this stunning photograph of cake. Once I had stopped day dreaming about cake, I took the cake image and the colour combination and created this card…
The cakes are stamped in Stazon Ink onto Shimmery White card stock. The cakes are taken from the Piece of Cake stamp set, which coordinates with that Cake Builder Punch from earlier. Each cake was then loosely water-coloured using the following colours:
The centerpiece cake was stamped on a separate piece of Shimmery White card stock, water-coloured and punched out before being layered onto a Stitched Circle and scalloped circle die using Dimensionals.
The card is finished with a trio of Self-Adhesive Sequins from the Gingham Gala suite.
Check back tomorrow for a fun Video Tutorial for the cute Butterfly Bag I shared on Saturday
StampinByHannah Merry Christmas with Snow is Glistening from Stampin’ Up!
This month Stampin’ Up! have released 2 fabulous stamp sets with a coordinating set of dies to celebrate the lead up to Christmas. The Snowflake Showcase Suite is a fabulous mix of Festive Christmas and all year round pretty images that you can use year after year.
Today’s card is a bit of a CASE (copy and selectively edit) of a card by the ever talented Kristina Werner. Her card didn’t use Stampin’ Up! products, but I immediately saw the fabulous Snow is Glistening Stamp set in her creation, and just HAD to have a go
Usually green is not my favourite, but the simple combination of Mossy Meadow, Gold and White made my heart sing. The tree from Snow is Glistening was stamped into a piece of Watercolour Paper using Versamark. I use the Stamparatus when stamping in Watercolour Paper because the paper is textured it can sometimes take a few applications of ink to get a well defined image. The tree was then heat embossed with Gold embossing powder.
The watercolour paper then took several layers of Mossy Meadow ink mixed with water, with more ink added at the corners to leave the centre a little lighter. Once this was dry, I inked the edges of the watercolour paper with more Versamark and added Gold embossing powder for a fun boarder.
The card is finished with a heat embossed sentiment in Vellum, and a layer of Whisper White between the Watercolour Paper and the Mossy Meadow Card Base
Oh my goodness…. It’s time to RUN not walk to my Online Store and get your Bonus Days Vouchers!
Bonus Days is just awesome, but it ends at 11:59PM TOMORROW!
Every time you spend £45 in my online store this month, Stampin’ Up! will email you with a voucher code worth £4.50 to spend in September. Did you see my Autumn Winter Pre-Order Facebook Live? It earned me 6 vouchers… thats £27 worth of goodies I get to choose in September! Yay!
StampinByHannah Little Twinkle Watercolour Anniversary Card
Last week I celebrated my 3rd Wedding Anniversary. I am a little shocked that it’s been 3 years already… but then when I think of all the things we’ve done since we got married, our wedding feels like forever ago! I will share the card I received over on my Facebook Page… James always sneaks into my crafty stash to make me a card (and this year he had fun with Embossing!)
Of course I HAD to make James a fun anniversary card! I had SO much fun making THIS card for Make It Monday last week, and so really wanted to re-create the idea for this card. The colours I’ve used are Night of Navy, Gray Granite, Coastal Cabana, and Berry Burst. I had intended to add some white ink splatter too…. not sure what happened!
I do have to admit that this card also uses a scrap! Yes!… an actual scrap. That circle of Twinkle Twinkle Designer Series Paper is the of cut from THIS card. Nothing wasted!
The sentiment is stamped in Whisper White Craft Ink onto one of the Stitched Labels from the Blended Seasons Bundle cut from Vellum. So pretty!
If you’ve enjoyed this project, check out my August Suite Share which features the fabulous Twinkle Twinkle Designer Series Paper!