Welcome to my blog … we are back today with another Stamping Sunday blog hop hosted by Sara Levin. Where of where do the months go? Can you believe we are at April already!? This month is a month of two’s … we have two new Stamping Sunday team members, Manuela Geiswinkler from Germany and Ashley Fifer of USA. Welcome to these two very talented ladies to the Stamping Sunday team. And for April we are featuring not one, but TWO wonderful Stampin’ Up! stamp sets … Lovely Wishes and Bird Banter.
So let’s jump in ….
This gorgeous set features very elegant floral images, with the option to add colour by two step stamping (the solid images stamp over and fill in the outlines) or by colouring in your choice of medium.
Today, I have used my favourite image from this set in a slightly different way, so the colouring required is minimal.
I am just full of “wishes” today … I have paired Lovely Wishes with the Sunshine Wishes thinlits dies and the Sunshine Sayings stamp set.
Limit your blending craziness …
The first step in creating this card was to go nuts creating a watercoloured background. This is so easy and so much fun. You can choose any combination of colours (or just use one), and every one will be different. Simply wet down a panel of watercolour paper by spritzing or use your aqua painter. I usually tape down my piece of card with some masking tape to keep it flat. Once your paper is wet, use your aqua painter to drop in some colour. Keep adding colour until your piece is covered, the colours will blend naturally in the wetness, but you can help the craziness along a little. Dab off any excess water with paper towel, dry with a heat tool, and repeat the process until you are happy with the depth of colour.
This is my finished watercolour panel … I used Lemon Lime Twist, Wild Wasabi and Tranquil Tide. Remember that you want to be able to see the individual colours still, so don’t let that blending craziness turn your piece into a solid colour (or you may as well have just used coloured cardstock).
Now it nearly killed me, but then I covered all that deliciousness with a Vellum layer, white embossed using that sort of palm leafy image (but it isn’t a palm leaf because there is a flower tucked in there). I coloured the not palm flowers on the back side of the vellum with a red Stampin’ Write Marker.
You can see now why you need some contrast in colours in that water coloured background.
The Sunshine from the Sunshine Wishes thinlits dies has been die cut from another water coloured piece, this time in contrast colours of Berry Burst and Elegant Eggplant. The words are from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set, which is the partner stamp set to the Sunshine Wishes thinlits.
You say Butterflies, I say Flowers …
Add some of the little flowers from the Sunshine Wishes thinlits dies … oh wait, I think they are butterflies. Oh dear … not palm flowers, not flower butterflies … I am truly creating serendipity today!
It has been a crazy, crazy week getting ready for the Stampin’ Up! Onstage event. I attended in Sydney with a small group of slightly crazy ladies (and gents) and some of my gorgeous Inks and Whimsy team members.
I had gifts for my team members who attended Onstage with me and created little gift tags with the Lovely Wishes stamp set while I had the set out. It was perfect for the task, especially using those oh so very cute little Narrow Note Cards. All that is needed to do is add the girl’s names and a little hole to attach to the gift bag.
**Note: I left these cute little tags on my desk as I raced out the door to the airport, so Robyn, Colleen, Jackie, Noreen and Michelle …. here are your gift tags!**
I was a little short on time this month, so I put out the call to my team … HELP! I need a card made with the Bird Banter stamp set for my Stamping Sunday blog post. The super talented Wendy Harm very kindly stepped up and created this super cute card with the Toucan from this set.
There are so many gorgeous little touches to this card … did you notice that little swish of watercolour behind the leaf? And what about the little bit of texture added to the layer behind the toucan, achieved by simply stamping a small image in the same colour as the card all over. Only a little bit shows, but what a difference it makes!!
Little Mr Toucan is coloured wonderfully and the bold striped layer is the perfect fun background for this card.
I can’t thank Wendy enough for helping me out … you can see more of Wendy’s work on her facebook page … Wendy’s Creative Patch.
Thanks for joining me today … don’t forget to hop on around all the Stamping Sunday team members blogs to check out all the great ideas for using these two stamp sets. Here is the full list of hop participants.